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Temporary dining hall for Merck in Darmstadt

The expansion of Merck Group’s headquarters in Frankfurter Straße in Darmstadt has seen Neptunus supply temporary dining facilities to the world’s oldest pharmaceutical-chemical company. As an innovation center is being built where the company’s canteen was situated, Merck called upon Neptunus to provide a temporary cutting-edge solution.

Neptunus has many years of experience with flexible, temporary buildings for employees and visitor facilities. Other recent assignments have seen the company build temporary dining facilities for FIZ R&D center, BMW Group in Munich, the International Horticultural Exhibition in Rostock, Federal Garden Show in Koblenz and the University of Augsburg.

In just two weeks in July 2014, Neptunus supplied an Evolution II 30m x 30m structure to form a dining hall and 15m x 30m kitchen area. The 6m high walls are made of 6cm thick insulated sandwich panels that fit perfectly with the silver-grey aesthetics of the temporary building while an insulated ceiling ensures the acoustic characteristics. The cassette flooring with cavity absorbs the installations.

Dorrie Eilers, director of Neptunus said: "Even in Darmstadt we delivered the building - despite all extra services - on time."

As main contractor, Neptunus was responsible for the entire project managing and working closely with all subcontractors to ensure a high-end solution was delivered on time. The temporary dining facilities required the complete installation of water and sewerage, power supply, heating, fire and voice alarms as well as a lightning and smoke protection systems between the kitchen and the restaurant, sunscreen, automatic doors and toilets. The new PVC floor has the slip resistance class R11 while the serving counters, salad bar and furniture were moved from the old canteen.

The temporary kitchen features a technical room, containers for hot and cold kitchen grease traps, two refrigerated containers, a freezer container, a rinse container and staff changing rooms as well as a band to return dishes from the restaurant to the kitchen.

As sustainability is very important to Neptunus, all materials of the temporary dining hall can be reused easily.

The team, led by Merck’s Roberto Jülich, head of the plant gastronomy, is satisfied: “The kitchen and restaurant is running since early December without any problems. Everything is high-quality, functional, energy efficient and sustainable. It’s a pleasure to work here. And the main thing: the employees are satisfied.”

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