The multi-award winning Defence Food Services School at Worthy Down, Winchester, provides tri-service training for military personnel who provide catering support to the UK armed forces on operations, exercises and in barracks.
The newly refitted building, has been named Alexis Soyer House in honour of the famous French cook that improved food provided to British soldiers in the Crimean War.
The two storey facility at Worthy Down, which was originally an MOD computer centre, has been redeveloped to provide 14 large kitchens requiring a total of 84 ventilation canopies, all installed in a 15 week programme.
Britannia was contracted through catering facilities specialist Portable Kitchens Limited (PKL) who advised that minimising fire risk was a key objective to be achieved. Britannia, working closely with PKL, incorporated Ultrastream UV filtration, which provides secondary grease and odour removal, reducing the whole life costs through lower maintenance and also reducing the fire risk, protecting the asset.
DFSS is widely reported as one of the largest UV kitchen ventilation projects in the world.
The UV lamps located within each canopy break down organic matter within the grease and odours by a combination of photolysis and ozonolysis. UV works automatically when the extract plant is switched on and requires minimal maintenance, another factor in reducing the through life cost of the facility.