Lincolnshire Dining Hall Project

Lincolnshire Dining Hall Project

Refurbishment of eight secondary school dining halls across Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire dining hall project entailed refurbishing eight dining halls across Lincolnshire in a bid to eradicate school catering budget deficits and encourage more children to eat on school, instead of seeking unhealthy alternatives at nearby shops and takeaways.

To work was split into two phases to meet the tight eight week schedule:

Phase 1: During the two week Easter holidays three dining halls were refurbished at Tattershall Gartree, Boston Grammar and Kesteven and Sleaford Girls High schools.

Phase 2: The five remaining dining hall refurbishments are taking place during the 2010 summer holidays at Boston High, Spilsby King Edward VI, Spalding Gleed Boys and Girls, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital and Bourne Robert Manning schools ahead of the new autumn term.

Key achievements:

  • Waiting times at all schools have been significantly reduced from over 15 minutes to a position where pupils are able to get served straight away
  • Reduced waiting times are allowing catering staff to serve an extra 300 meals a week.
  • All schools have reported an increase in profits, signifying more children stay on site at lunch time, instead of seeking unhealthy alternatives outside the premises.
  • Increased takings have ended the deficit catering budgets, turning the dining halls into profitable businesses
  • We sourced local materials and employed local contractors, supporting local businesses and enhancing local spend
  • 40% of the budget was spent within a 20 mile radius of the schools and 50% was spent within a 40 mile radius of the schools
  • We collaborated with the schools’ IT departments to install multi-use TVs
  • We designed and installed a multi-use dining hall at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital school that meets both the school’s and public’s needs.
  • We delivered the dining halls below budget and to a tight programme and the client’s specifications.
  • Savings of 11.9% at Boston Grammar school and 9% at Sleaford Girls High school were achieved

The refurbishments were successfully completed in the challenging timescales and all schools have reported an increase in takings, signifying more children eat on-site and turning the dining halls into profitable businesses.

Client Comments:

“We’re delighted with the style and standard of the upgraded school dining facilities, which have all surpassed our expectations. Our sincerest thanks go to Robert Woodhead for their help in turning around the deficit catering budgets and encouraging children to eat in school.”

David Saunders, Lincolnshire County Council