Back in 2007, Stockland Green Methodist Church began to toy with the idea of a major refurbishment. The church committee visited churches across the country, to see how other parishes had altered their buildings to improve their service to their congregation and community.
A recurring feature of the busiest churches seemed to be the community café – a place where the congregation could get together outside of Sunday Service, and encourage new members into the church. If the church at Stockland Green was going to have a café, it would definitely need a brand new, commercial grade kitchen. Steelplan Kitchens had the answer.
To cope with the demands of a fully functioning café, Steelplan needed to provide a durable, semi--commercial. Unlike many church kitchens, the emphasis would be on commercial rather than cosy, as the space would be used to prepare large amounts of food on a daily basis. That said, the kitchen would be predominantly used by church volunteers, so still needed to provide a warm and hospitable place to work.
The committee wanted to offer a varied, but realistic, menu, which meant that the space needed to incorporate a large oven, plenty of counter space and – importantly – a commercial dishwasher (washing up after a few people is bad enough, let alone for a café that seats over 40 people).
Painted in neutral mushroom and white tones and overlooked by a striking deco-era stained glass window, the café itself was designed to be a calm, welcoming space. Aesthetically, the kitchen was made to match, with clean steel countertops and neutral coloured door coatings housing a robust stainless steel framework.
Since the café opened, it has been a huge success, popular with both church-goers and the wider community. In the first five months, the café had a footfall of over 4,721, and is regularly packed out with visitors. Feedback locally has been excellent, with visitors dubbing the church café their ‘home from home’.
The Minister who oversaw renovations, Reverend Nichola Jones, said after work was completed: “We are delighted with the kitchen - it looks good and is so easy to clean, making it look like new every day! The cupboards and doors are well made and the units are strong and sturdy but look smashing - so many thanks for the semi-commercial kitchen we now have. In fact, we were so pleased that we recommended you to our sister church."
The inherent strength of metal and a combination of the benefits listed on this page mean that a steel Kitchen will far exceed the life expectancy of a standard wooden carcass kitchens in semi-commercial environments.
The polyester powder coated steel is impervious to water. No more swollen chipboard or rotting MDF.
The metal is fire resistant and the powder coat finish formulated so that no toxic fumes are emitted in the case of fire.
Unlike wooden/chipboard cabinets the Steelplan Kitchen carcass does not contain any material that may sustain, harbour or encourage insects or bacteria.
The powder coated finish means that the units can be kept to an extremely high level of cleanliness and hygiene at all times. Essential when used in health locations.
It looks great! The hidden steel backbone is dressed up with a choice of doors to produce whatever look and feel you want.