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Catering to the times – Wildfire fit-out of commercial kitchen for ANZ renovation

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Wildfire Commercial Kitchens & Bars comprehensive kitchen fit-out

Catering to the times – Wildfire fit-out of commercial kitchen for ANZ renovation


The multi-storey ANZ bank refurbishment presented a wide range of challenges. For Wildfire Commercial Kitchens & Bars (Wildfire CKB) this included, among other elements, the design and installation of a large, flexible commercial kitchen environment 30 floors above ground level.

Times have changed, says Nils Danielsen, director of Wildfire.

"In the past companies would typically call in catering services when entertaining. Today there is an increasing trend for major corporate companies to have their own catering facilities on-site providing high-quality food and flexible menus. For this project, the ANZ bank wanted a commercial kitchen that could cater for everything from small informal meetings up to large-scale corporate functions of 200 people or more, and of course the location played an integral part in the design process."

Wildfire Commercial Kitchens & Bars offers bespoke design-and-build solutions for the commercial food service and hospitality sector, and understands the corporate requirements and logistical challenges a multi-level installation provides.

Naturally getting all the gleaming stainless steel equipment up 30 floors by service lift required careful planning in the design stage. In particular the substantial extraction hood was designed in two sections, with just enough room to fit in the elevator.


The kitchen also has a bank of large walk-in cool rooms and a dedicated dish-wash area.

"Most equipment installed in this project was made in New Zealand including Waldorf ovens by Moffat, dishwashers by Washtech and refrigeration by Skope."

As well as designing a specialised central kitchen, Wildfire CKB created a satellite kitchen and a pantry to cover several levels of meeting and function rooms. The company also supplied the commercial kitchen equipment for the lobby café and the kiosk in the ANZ Centre, says Danielsen.

"Wildfire has designed, supplied and installed new corporate kitchen facilities for all the major banking headquarters and for many high-profile entities both in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.

"This comprehensive fit-out is typical of our design, experience and attention to detail."

WILDFIRE COMMERCIAL KITCHENS & BARS PO Box 56358, Dominion Rd, Auckland 1446Phone (09) 815 1271 Fax (09) 815

First published date: 19 June 2013

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