Two of the UK’s food industry leaders have teamed up for a major factory renovation in Sittingbourne – as hygienic floor installation specialists Kemtile worked alongside food manufacturing project management firm DDK to support COOK on its ambitious expansion plans.
Kemtile worked to a strict design brief provided by DDK to deliver a fit-for-purpose food grade flooring solution and in the process earned acclaim for their work. This was the second job for Kemtile at this particular Sittingbourne site, with the company having previously installed heavy duty polyurethane resin floors for the company’s Blast Freezers.
COOK is one of the biggest food and drink firms in the country – labelled “World Class” in the National Best Companies list and voted the “Best British Food & Drink Company to Work For” in 2021.
With four kitchens and 90 shops in the UK, COOK is continuing to increase quantity and quality across its services – starting off by laying industry-leading foundations at The COOK Kitchen in Kent. Seeking a complete solution across 1847m2, COOK recruited DDK who in turn came to Kemtile, one of DDK’s preferred suppliers – who provided a hygienic, easy-to-clean, impervious, and HACCP-approved floor finish, Stonclad UF.
Stonclad UF – is an impact resistant mortar which also exhibits excellent abrasion and thermal resistance. It also has all around good chemical resistance, making it ideal for food and beverage environments. Stonclad UF is also self-priming – ensuring fast installation and minimised downtime.
Director of DDK, Tim Dixon, said: “Given the size of this job – and COOK’s stature in the industry – we needed reliable, quality partners to help with that expansion. This was a big job.
“We’ve had previous experience with Kemtile and we trust them. We knew with their specialisms that they could deliver a quality job on time and within budget.”