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Mabel McKinley Tearoom,

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

The Mabel MacKinlay Tearoom was originally started in 1942 as a non-profit making service to support the comfort and care of patients of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Modern day regulations required that the facilities be upgraded and so a full internal refurbishment was required for the tearoom which is in the Queen Elizabeth Building at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The intention behind the refurbishment was to improve the amenity and aesthetic of the tearoom and increase turnover. The layout of the servery and preparation areas was developed in conjunction with a kitchen fit out specialist to maximise the available space and increase efficiency.  As the tearoom is located within an operational hospital, close consultation was required throughout with the hospitals estates and infection control teams to ensure minimal disruption to the adjoining hospital departments.

Works included removal of non-loadbearing partitions, erection of new partitions, new kitchen and servery equipment and dining furniture, new electrical, mechanical, drainage and water services. Alterations and upgrades were carried out to existing mechanical and electrical services to suit the revised layout.  

The project was completed on time and within budget.


The new ‘Mabels’ is already proving a huge success with both staff and public alike and is now well placed to continue its support of the patients for many years to come.

Mabels 1

Work in progress

Mabels 2

Completed works

Mabels 3

Completed works

Mabels 4

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