The healthy fast food restaurant group, Leon, has recently teamed up with motorway service area operator Roadchef to bring its innovative idea of healthy food in a takeaway format to the motorway services of the UK. This includes the Norton Canes service station on the M6 and the Strensham South service station on the M5. Leon now has a network of around 50 stores in the UK and abroad, having opened its first store in 2004. The group signed a deal to open the first of several roadside restaurants in the summer of 2017.


Advance worked with Leon for a period of six months to help redesign the restaurant kitchens to meet its operational requirements. Advance was challenged to design a kitchen solution that would optimise the maximum possible output within extremely busy service windows. This was especially vital due to the location of the new restaurants as people would want food quickly during what is a quick stop off point for the majority of visitors. This project involved a completely new team and highly demanding deadlines.


Advance worked closely with the team to help overcome any challenges and ensure that the projects finished well ahead of schedule. Designing the perfect solution for Leon required Advance to observe the kitchen in order to carry out detailed analysis of its different menus and volume data. Many different ideas were suggested based on work carried out on a huge range of commercial kitchens and this insight was used to enhance the scheme. Advance came up with a solution that maximised viable space for Leon to get a high level of output in its busiest service hours. The new Leon template was then implemented at its branch in the Norton Canes service station. Due to this job following on from the Strensham South project, Advance had already built up strong working relationships with all of the trades. Before the sites went live, the Leon teams were fully trained on the new design to ensure maximum efficiency of the kitchens in operation.

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