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CLIENT: Wolverhampton Civic Hall

PROJECT LOCATION: Wolverhampton | The Midlands

Vision Commercial Kitchens began working on the project after being approached by the worlds leading venue and events management company, ASM Global, a long term client of Vision. Wolverhampton Civic Hall is a notable local music venue in Wolverhampton, holding a capacity of 3,408 standing and 2,346 seated. It has been a key cultural hub in the city since its opening in 1938, welcoming various acts from rock legends as varied as Queen, David Bowie and Nirvana to huge pop acts including One Direction, Take That and Little Mix.

The venue hosts a wide range of events, including concerts, comedy shows, theatrical performances, and other live entertainment. Civic Hall continues to be an integral part of Wolverhampton's cultural scene, attracting both emerging talents and established performers.

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Vision were commissioned to undertake the design, supply, and installation of the main kitchen, dishwasher, 9 bar areas, and cellar areas within the Civic Hall, all tailored to accommodate its substantial capacity.

The planning phase required visualising the kitchen's layout across different areas of the site, considering constraints imposed by the listed building, notably the challenges with the extraction systems and the existing locations of goods lifts. This was to enable food service across multiple floors.

Numerous layouts were devised during the design phase in attempts to accommodate the kitchens within various spaces. 

The main kitchen location needed to be capable of meeting the required service demands, accommodating necessary equipment, and providing ample productivity space. The initial proposed area for the kitchen proved to be inadequate, prompting the need to transition to a larger space.



The installation process at Wolverhampton Civic Hall presented significant challenges, primarily due to the tight timeline. Complications arose when the lifts were out of service, necessitating manual transportation of equipment between floors. Additionally, addressing issues with the extraction system took precedence to ensure its proper integration.

Vision adopted a collaborative approach throughout, conducting weekly site visits to coordinate with the construction team, joiners, and contractors. Despite the hurdles encountered, our team remained resilient , committed and applied full determination to meeting the deadlines that needed to be met, ultimately facilitating the timely reopening of the Civic Hall.

This project took place within a tight timeframe with meticulous attention to detail. Extensive design efforts and collaborative work culminated in a finished product that perfectly matched the kitchen's requirements and efficiency standards. Our team's dedication played a pivotal role in revitalising the Civic Hall, contributing positively to the local area. The life in which this venue has brought back to the City of Wolverhampton is something that has been missed for a number of years due to its closure. Vision Commercial Kitchens has played a fundamental part in the resurrection of this iconic venue with its involvement through the design, supply and installation.


“Vision Commercial Kitchens were introduced to this project to transform the kitchen and bar areas of the Civic Hall. From design to installation, Vision displayed professionalism, expertise, and innovative thinking to identify the optimal kitchen space. Their team worked tirelessly to fulfill our requirements and deliver fully operational areas to accommodate our capacity. The Civic Hall's renovation has had a profound impact on the local community, with Vision playing a pivotal role in the achievement of this.”

Neil Jones, Mobilisation & Projects Director at ASM Global

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