Monday, July 29, 2013

News: Work underway at Wharncliffe

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Work is well underway to transform the Wharncliffe, the student run restaurant at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology's (RCAT's) town centre campus.

Part of a £2.4m scheme, boosted by a £800K grant from the Skills Funding Agency, is to develop its Catering and Hospitality Department including a new exterior and refurbished interior of the restaurant.

Art and Design students were invited to present their ideas for both the exterior and interior to college governors and the project design team. Concepts from the presentations are to be included into the final design of the restaurant.

Richard Lyon, Curriculum Leader in Art and Design said: "The Wharncliffe Restaurant project has given the learners on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design an opportunity to work on a live brief and gain experience in working with clients."

The group received valuable feedback from the architect at Cordonier who critiqued their work offering guidance and suggestions. It was particularly useful for the learners to gain an insight into some of the factors that would be considered in an industry level brief such as sustainability, security and costing of materials. Overall, involvement in the brief has had a positive impact on the learners developing their skills, knowledge and confidence.

Gill Alton, Principal and Chief Executive of Rotherham College, said: "This live project was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents and work alongside industry experts. The quality of work the students produced was exceptional and we will be putting some of their ideas in to the final design."

The redevelopment will create a new restaurant all on one level allowing more flexibility for bar, restaurant, coffee bar, banqueting and conference type uses. Behind the scenes, all the kitchens will be enhanced with additional industry standard equipment.

Work on the redevelopment of the Wharncliffe will continue throughout the summer and aims to be complete in the autumn term.

RCAT website

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