Westgate Factory Dividers has helped to reduce the risk of food contamination by creating a Hoardfast room at the manufacturing hub of fish & chip shop suppliers VA Whitley. They provide batter for fish & chip shops all over the north of England, and their services are often in high demand.
Recently, they made the decision to produce a new kind of batter that was gluten free, a growing sector in the UK. As a result, they required a separate production area where there was no risk of cross-contamination between regular batter and the new mix. This was the only way they could guarantee that the new gluten free batter would contain no gluten whatsoever.
In order to assist VA Whitley with this requirement, Westgate suggested assembling a 4m x 8m x 4m Hoardfast room. The Hoardfast room would be bolted to the ground using bolt-down mullions for stability and incorporate built in flexidoors (crash doors).
Self-supporting and freestanding 50mm thick PVC panels were utilised for the structure of the room, as these offer a hygienic wash-down finish, and dust-tight interlocking panels to prevent any risk of contamination.
The rigid nature of the materials used – along with the tongue and groove design of the Hoardfast PVC panels – ensured that all internal fixtures could be fitted to both the walls and ceiling quickly and easily.
VA Whitley commented: “The service we received from Westgate in sales assessment, planning and installation was exemplary and we are very pleased with the functionality of the finished working environment. The construction system helped to facilitate a rapid manufacturing solution for our specific requirements.”