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The Community Kitchen

Funded on Spacehive 21 October 2015 Delivered 19 April 2018

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The Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen

The Community Brain By The Community Brain

A Community Kitchen at the Museum of Futures, to harness and celebrate the culinary creativity in the community, enabling emerging local businesses that want to make, bake and cater in the area.

Surbiton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 21 Oct 2015!

A significant acquisition for the new GLA supported Museum at the heart of the community, the Community Kitchen will enable local start-up or home-based food businesses with the opportunity many have been seeking to explore the potential for a sustainable business future in cooking and catering .

Small business who may currently lack resources, if not the imagination and commitment to succeed, will be able to utilise a kitchen providing rare access to industry standard equipment & professional support. Local kitchen supply specialists & other advisers are available - a former manager of Fish, and chefs from award-winning local restaurant The French Table - & will enable them to safely learn about cooking, kit and business practice, & help them research, test & launch their own culinary products and services.

Our recent community survey revealed locally produced food, independent business & nurturing talent are key drivers of people's sense of community.

What we'll deliver:

  • draw on local business expertise to specify, source and install an industry standard kitchen in our Museum of Futures
  • build a community of supportive professional advisers to help local small food businesses to learn and grow
  • provide a programme of access to the Kitchen for a broad inclusive mix of businesses
  • learn from the project to enhance services for the future
  • signpost catering business opportunities in the area

Why it's a great idea:

Food, hospitality &communal eating play a significant part in the character of the Surbiton community, much of which has resulted from the busy calendar of events our network of partners and volunteers have delivered over the past 6 years. Our programme of participatory engagement & merry-making has inspired numerous homeworkers and small businesses to launch, collaborate & grow. Our 3 year old Surbiton Food Festival alone has seen 11 new companies start trading all-year round.

Made in Surbiton, a collective of local makers & producers includes food producers keen to explore potential growth & the Freshwater Sardine Festival & King’s Soup events both feature communal cooking, as the local people gather, cook & feast in celebration of community foundations. The Community Kitchen would add considerably to the capacity and capability of the community to continue supporting such small business development & to cater for itself at communal gatherings celebrating local business.

Steps to get it done:

  • establish a small group of specialists and community representatives to mange the project
  • use local expertise to brief and source suppliers
  • install the equipment, launch the service for business and promote its use for community benefit
  • Develop a migration strategy to enable small business start ups to 'move onto' new locations

Our recent local survey aimed to find out what local people felt about community, and make sure what we did had genuine benefit.

What mattered to people was a sense of shared goals. People wanted to connect, feel like and be recognised as part of something bigger and to make a difference by doing new things that broke ground and broke down barriers, inspired and supported local independent businesses to flourish and grow.

The Community Kitchen will provide such independent businesses and the wider community with new opportunities to learn and develop. Through workshops, skills exchanges, demonstrations, research, food industry advisory surgeries. Combined with the community's already established engagement with food and festivities, the Community Kitchen has a key role in building a strong, engaged, creative and sustainable community for the future.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." J.R.R. Tolkien


Location Surbiton

About the space

A vacant premises on the Brighton Road in Surbiton.


Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

How will the money be spent?Total £23,142

Supply and fit Hyroc PVC wall cladding - £3,240 (14%)
Supply and fit Polysafe ‘Standard’ sheet vinyl safety flooring - £1,680 (7%)
Lincat SV1216 smartvent extraction ventilation system - £1,680 (7%)
Lincat SLR9 gas 6 burner oven range - £1,495 (6%)
Professional Installation costs - £1,460 (6%)
Ductwork, gas interlock and speed controller - £1,250 (5%)
Training & launch events - £1,200 (5%)
Kitchen Design - £1,000 (4%)
Lincat L884RH double bowl, single drainer sink unit - £995 (4%)
Interlevin CAR650 gastronorm fridge - £825 (4%)
Other - £8,317 (36%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Supply and fit Hyroc PVC wall cladding
Supply and fit Polysafe ‘Standard’ sheet vinyl safety flooring
Lincat SV1216 smartvent extraction ventilation system
Lincat SLR9 gas 6 burner oven range
Professional Installation costs
Ductwork, gas interlock and speed controller
Training & launch events
Kitchen Design
Lincat L884RH double bowl, single drainer sink unit
Interlevin CAR650 gastronorm fridge
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Professional Electrical labour
  • Decoration plus materials
  • Kitchenaid K5 food mixer, 4.8ltr bowl capacity
  • Lincat L881LH single bowl, single drainer sink unit waste and mixer taps
  • Labouring to prepare the space
  • Kitchen Design paid
  • Reconnection of Gas
  • Electrical Parts
  • fitting stainless steel wall cladding to rear
  • Stainless steel wall table Dim 1800x600x900mm
  • Stainless steel wall table Dim 1500x600x900mm
  • Stainless steel wall table
  • 2 tier stainless steel wall shelf complete with brackets Dim 1800x300mm
  • 2 tier stainless steel wall shelf complete with brackets Dim 1800x300mm
  • VAT
  • 4 tier zinc chromate dry storage rack Dim 1500x450x1800mm
  • Lincat wall mounted HWB1 hand wash basin complete with waste and taps
  • Transaction Fees
  • Flying insect control unit, wall mounted
  • Pedal operated waste sack holder

Total £23,142

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