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Safety And Convenience For Student Kitchens

Looking for a smart compact kitchen solution that offered safe, convenient facilities for cooking and storage, owners of luxury student accommodation complex Drinkwater House in Middlesbrough, have installed eight of Elfin Kitchens’ space-saving mini kitchens.

Located on the doorstep of Teeside University, Drinkwater House is a newly refurbished building that has been converted into private student halls. Owned by Taniya Properties, the complex has been expanded with the addition of new, secure studio apartments, which is where eight of Elfin’s kitchens have been installed.

Selected from the 1200mm-wide, standard range, the M-120-Mos-K model is designed exactly for compact spaces like the studio flats at Drinkwater House. Meeting the robust requirements of student life, the kitchens are built entirely of white powder coated steel and feature a storage cupboard with slim foam filled doors and drawer fronts and stainless steel door and drawer furniture. Also included is a sink, drainer with monobloc tap, two hotplates with a 30-minute safety timer fitted, a 30 ltr combi oven and grill, an A+ rated fridge with freezer compartment and one large, self closing pan drawer.

Commenting on the Elfin kitchens, Taniya Properties Manager of Student Services, Seema Jagota said: “When we were looking for a kitchen solution for the studio apartments within the development, we wanted a compact option that provided all the cooking, cooling and storage facilities a student might need. We also wanted something that would work with the neutral decoration scheme. Elfin’s kitchens tick all of these boxes.

“We especially liked the safety timer facility. As landlords letting to students, safety is a priority for us. Each kitchen is fitted with hot plates and comes with a 30-minute cut-out timer, which effectively reduces the risks associated with student cooking. It offers huge peace of mind for us and the insurance company!”

In terms of Elfin’s performance, Mrs Jagota explained: “Everything has worked like clockwork. When you’re refurbishing a property it’s essential that things go as smoothly as possible. Elfin delivered on time and the kitchens arrived as specified. The installation instructions were all straightforward, so really it’s a case of so far so good and we are definitely considering using on Elfin on our next development, which is already underway.”

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