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BRITANNIA KITCHEN VENTILATION - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products

Britannia are specialists in commercial kitchen ventilation. Providing a wide range of ventilation canopies and ventilated ceilings to solve your kitchen ventilation problems.

Their service includes a full no obligation design and consultancy service, through to manufacture, delivery and complete installation, all backed up with professional indemnity insurance cover, giving you peace of mind.

Features that can be incorporated include Ultra Violet Filtration to remove grease and odours, aesthetically pleasing front of house canopies, and self contained kitchen ventilation solutions which do not require ductwork installing.

They pride themselves on the quality of product and the standard of service. Nothing is too much trouble... why not put them to the test?

Britannia is a member of The Middleby Corporation.

Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the build if the homeowner desires a commercial size or quality of kitchen.  Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the scheme design drawings and specifications.

The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.

The Importance of Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Systems

Nowadays, having a good kitchen ventilation system is as important as having a good head chef, and, due to health and safety regulations, ventilation systems are now required in all British commercial kitchens; without one, you could be prosecuted and fined. A kitchen without good ventilation is a safety hazard, as working within catering can produce large amounts of heat, as well as fumes and vapours. Appropriate ventilation is needed in kitchens to remove them and dispel them to a safe, external location.

A safe extraction system may seem only a small role within the life of catering, though it is very underestimated. Ventilation systems may be a health and safety requirement, but they also help to maintain the morale of staff working on kitchen floor, which in turn affects how the business is run. It's very well known that if the head chef is on edge, the whole body of staff becomes on edge - and what's worse for the head chef than an overheating kitchen? Ventilation systems remove this excess hot air, allowing clean, cool air through the kitchen; this creates a comfortable working environment.

Ventilation systems aren't just simple ventilation shafts, however. Gas interlock systems are of major importance in commercial kitchens as they restrict the gas flow to burners when there is insufficient ventilation. Coupled with a fire suppression system that detects and puts out dangerous fires, you can ensure your catering environment is a safe place to work.

In addition to the influence that a safe workplace has on staff, good ventilation systems also provide sufficient air for complete combustion, which can help to prevent the risk of increasing carbon monoxide. Decent ventilation systems need to be easy to maintain, also. A clean vent will keep the whole kitchen clean - as there won't be a spread of micro-organisms, which are spread through use of freestanding fans and poorly maintained systems. This also affects staff's health, as well as the quality of the food served.

If ventilation units aren't kept clean at all times, then there is also a risk of build-up of fat residue and blocked air inlets, which can lead to a greater risk of fire.

These are just some of the considerations you should make when setting up a commercial kitchen environment. The right environment for the cooking staff will directly impact on the quality of food you are serving.