Cold Rooms at Forge Bakehouse

Forge Bakehouse first opened its doors in 2012 as a micro-bakery, when Martha Brown wanted to share her love for flavour, developing her passion and knowledge into a flourishing business. The bakery creates a range of long fermented artisan breads and pastries – in the words of Forge Bakehouse ‘bread should be honest, simple and satisfying’. Not only does Forge Bakehouse offer delicious baked goods, they also serve all day breakfast and brunch in their café.

As Martha’s business has grown, so has the Forge Bakehouse Family with bakers, pastry chefs, chefs and baristas have working together to share their passion and skill. With their growing business has come growing requirements for cold storage.

Martha contacted MT Cold Storage to increase the space used for cold storage, creating a walk in chiller, freezer and prep area in their back yard. They required a solution for external cold rooms, connected to their current building and allowing natural light into the units.

MTCSS’ Contracts Director, Darren Tomlinson, visited the Bakehouse in the early stages of the changes to the building to understand Martha’s requirements.

After reviewing the site and the growing needs of the bakery, MTCSS were able to offer a solution for a new chiller cold room, new freezer cold room and new ambient prep area with split refrigeration systems and hinged doors. In addition to fitting LED lighting and a new air conditioning unit in the prep area.

Martha began a crowd funding campaign on Crowdfunder to help fund her expansion, running for 28 days and offering a range of rewards for those backing the campaign. Offering loaves of bread, enamel pins, classes, a loaf of bread named after them and even bread every day for life for those who donated – resulting in them exceeding their target of £25,000!

With the success of Forge Bakehouse’s fund raising, the project kicked off in November to fit in with tight deadlines to complete the work before December’s busy Christmas period. The cold room was being installed externally at the back of the Bakehouse so MTCSS had to ensure the longevity of the product – offering a solution which would not only be water tight and weatherproof, but to also provide a cold room which would withstand the test of time.

MTCSS’s solution was to create a fall in the roof with an Armourplan external resin overlay, complete with guttering, to ensure Martha’s cold rooms were weatherproof for the future. The MTCSS team worked alongside electricians and flooring contractors to complete the project successfully within the deadlines, even with the challenges of the incoming November rain.

Ambient Temperature Controlled Area Forge Bakehouse

Dual Compartment with Hinged Cold Room Doors

Ambient Area Forge Bakehouse

The chiller, freezer and ambient prep area were complete within the deadline – fully installed with split refrigeration units, air conditioning unit and hinged doors. As these cold rooms were being used for the preparation for food products, MTCSS were required to ensure everything installed was food safe – using Kingspan 80mm Quadcore panels and white food-grade hinged doors to adhere to food hygiene and safety standards.

With Christmas round the corner, Martha’s expansion was complete and ready to go ready for the ramp up to the busiest time of year with the help of MTCSS. The bank of cold rooms installed by the MTCSS readying Forge Bakehouse for further growth in the future.

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MTCSS were great to work with, Darren made the long trip up North for meetings and introduced Mike as our Site Manager before the work started. They took the time to explain to me exactly how the new build would connect our current outbuilding and we modified the drawings and tweaked the layout as the project progressed.

The final building is great to work in, and adds so much capacity for my business, allowing us to expand over the coming year. It makes such a different having a walk in chiller and freezer rather than using lots of stand alone units. The new prep room with window is a lovely space to work in.

Thanks to everyone at MTCSS!

Industry : Food & Drink
Location : Sheffield

• LED Adaptive Lighting
• All with external Armourplan roof with a resin finish

Compartment 1 : Floorless Chiller
• 2400mm x 2000mm x 2400mm external measurements
• 80mm Kingspan Quadcore Panel
• 900mm x 2000mm White Food Safe Insulated Chiller Door
• Kide ESC1007M1X Split Refrigeration System

Compartment 2 : Freezer
• 2900mm x 2000mm x 2400mm external measurements
• 100mm Kingspan Quadcore Panel
• 900mm x 2000mm White Food Safe Insulated Freezer Door
• Kide ESC2015L5T Split Refrigeration System

Compartment 3 : Ambient Prep Area
• 5300mm x 3000mm x 24000mm external measurements
• 80mm Kingspan Quadcore Panel
• 900mm x 2000mm Personnel Door
• Air Conditioning Unit

External Cold Room Forge Bakehouse

Ambient Area with Equipment Forge Bakehouse

Multicompartment Ambient Food Safe Storage
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