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London landmark reopens following kitchen renovation

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The Senate House in central London has reopened following a renovation of its restaurant equipment, ensuring it can continue its role as an event space for both the University of London and private clients.

A £600,000 investment was required for Quantum Design to redevelop the site's kitchen, helping modernise it and increase its efficiency levels while ensuring it remains in line with both English Heritage and Environmental Health requirements.

It should now be able to serve a wider range of food and reduce its service times, while providing a better-quality offering to customers utilising the site for conferences and meetings.

Charlie Vernon, business development manager at Senate House, said it was important to ensure the refurbishment process was completed before the busy Christmas period.

"The investment will really boost our conference and events offering, enabling us to serve top quality food to a greater number of guests," he added.

Built in the 1930s, the stunning art deco building sits at the centre of the University of London and is a grade II listed site.

Often described as London's first skyscraper, it was the city's second-tallest building after St Paul's Cathedral when it was built and remains an imposing part of the Bloomsbury landscape.

It has also played an important cultural role in the city's history, serving as the model of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's famous novel 1984 and the shooting location for Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.

Architects Nigel Burger Associates worked closely with the team redesigning the kitchen are to ensure it retained any original features considered interesting or historic.

With the catering industry making efforts to cut down on its energy use and ensure any equipment used is as green and efficient as possible, many older kitchens are likely to consider revamping their facilities over the coming years.

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