Andrews extend range of high performance air conditioners

At Andrews Air Conditioning, we pride ourselves on assessing what our customers require and providing solutions that accommodate these needs. This commitment has enabled us to enhance our product selection and ensure that we always have a suitable proposition, no matter what a project may entail.

It is therefore with great delight that we announce the expansion of our high-performance range by introducing the new HPAC45 unit.

Specifically designed for instances where the use of our popular HPAC90 air conditioner would be too powerful, the HPAC45 offers a nominal cooling or heating duty of 45kW while consuming just 16.6kW per hour.


Features and benefits include:

- Heat Pump Air Conditioner – providing cooling or heating

- Quiet operation – enabling use within build up areas

- Automatic thermostat – to switch from cooling to heating

- IP65 rated electrics – for outdoor use

- Uses R410A refrigerant – making it eco friendly

- Compact unit – can be used in restricted areas

- Energy efficient – almost 45kW cooling from a 40-amp power supply

- Air recirculation – increases efficiency by using the returned air rather than outside air

The unit is perfect for cooling large applications including exhibition halls, film sets, marquees, server rooms, factories and workshops. It requires only temporary ducting and the availability of a suitable power source in order to function, meaning the HPAC45 can be fully operational within minutes of arriving on site.

For additional information on the HPAC45 – which is now available for immediate hire – call us today on 0800 211 611. Alternatively, you can click here here to fill an enquiry form and one of our specialist operators will get back in contact with you.

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Sykes Pumps help major international airport avert potential flood risk

When the UK’s second busiest airport experienced a potential flood risk, Sykes Pumps were contacted to provide an emergency pumping solution.

Gatwick Airport is currently at risk from two main sources, flooding from the two rivers (River Mole and Gatwick Stream) adjacent to the Airport and flooding from intense rainfall falling on the Airport and exceeding the capacity of the surface water drainage system.

To overcome that risk, civil engineering specialists were drafted in to conduct improvement works to the River Mole in the Gatwick Pond E area, ensuring the river can hold the variable flow rates typical of the location.

To carry out these works, our experts proposed the use of six temporary diesel pumps which were used to ensure all areas were kept dry throughout the duration of the project, guaranteeing a safe working environment. Working within tight deadlines, we delivered critical pump hire equipment to our client’s depot just a few hours after receiving the enquiry. This ensured all works were carried out in record time.

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Andrews help eliminate the risk of a server breakdown

When a multinational telecommunications services company required extra cooling for one of the biggest data centres in the UK, Andrews Chiller Hire was on hand to help.

Our customer was undergoing major maintenance to their existing air conditioning system, but in doing so were required to take the existing units offline – leaving the data centre with inadequate climate control. At this juncture, our chiller specialists were drafted in to provide the client with an effective cooling solution.

Following an extensive site survey, two 100kW chillers were delivered and installed on site along with a 150kW air handler from which cold air was ducted via a vent and positioned under the floor, providing cool air to the critically hot areas.

By implementing a chiller hire solution within hours of receiving the enquiry, we were able to keep the data centre operational. Our client was extremely relieved once the unit was commissioned and outlined the possible consequences had we not provided our specialist chiller equipment.

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World famous confectionery company seek air conditioning hire

When a world famous confectionery company suffered air conditioning failure, an immediate solution was required to safeguard all storage rooms against the heat. Fortunately, our depot is situated just miles away from the client’s location, meaning replacement equipment was quickly delivered.

Our client experienced an in-house cooling system breakdown in one of their storage rooms, where all confectionery is kept prior to packaging. The room in question must be kept below a maximum target temperature of 21 °C, meaning swift action was required to avoid any interruption to production. 

Following an assessment by one of our specialists, it was decided that three of our PAC22 temporary air condition units would be distributed, to ensure temperatures could remain below the desired 21°C.

This short-term cooling solution was effective in combating the store rooms unfavourable conditions, while allowing the customer’s on-site equipment to be repaired without production coming to a halt at any stage.

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39-year wait finally over for rally veteran Russell Brookes

On Saturday 13 May, more than 600 people attended the prestigious Grandhotel Huis ter Duin at Noordwijk to witness this year’s Tulpenrallye awards ceremony.

The 2017 winners from four categories – expert, sporting, touring and vintage – were each presented with their trophies before special guest Russell Brookes was invited to take the stage by Dutch journalist and broadcaster Bas van Werven.

The story of Russell’s 1978 Tulpenrallye victory was then retold to the audience, including the part about him not receiving the famous silver tulip accolade. Instead, he and Peter Bryant each received a bunch of tulips after sponsor cuts led to the traditional award being scrapped.

Russell and Peter had to be content with a floral replacement in 1978

Thankfully, as explained last week, the event organisers were made aware of Russell’s plight and sought to rectify the issue by presenting him with a proper trophy almost forty years later!

Russell and Peter were both sat at the round table alongside the general manager of Andrews Sykes in the Netherlands and the owner of old Ford Escort RS 1800 that was driven to victory at the time.

Two special memorial shields had been fitted onto the car following the 1978 rally, and it was spontaneously decided that these could be removed and signed by Russell before being auctioned off for TV personality Linda de Mol’s charity.

Russell Brookes with his Silver Tulip trophy

This gesture, combined with an organised lottery, saw more than €30,000 being raised for impoverished families in the country. In fact, one of the shields was actually won by a company director who put in a generous bid to ensure Andrews Sykes would have a permanent memento of Russell’s extraordinary achievements.

Naturally, we are very proud of Andrews Heat for Hire’s 17-year sponsorship with a motorsport icon and are delighted that Russell enjoyed collecting his prize almost 40 decades after the event!

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Ebbsfleet United edge out Chelmsford City to seal promotion

After suffering play-off heartache at the end of last season, Ebbsfleet United came back even stronger this year to earn promotion in dramatic fashion.

It proved to be third time lucky for Fleet fans, who had seen their side suffer defeat in each of the previous two finals at Stonebridge Road.

With an hour gone, however, the dream looked beyond Daryl McMahon’s men as they trailed 1-0 and had a player sent off.

But two quick-fire goals in the last quarter of the match gave Ebbsfleet something to hold on to, defending desperately for eighteen painstaking minutes before the referee eventually blew the final whistle.

Pandemonium then ensued in the stands as the Kent-based outfit secured National League status courtesy of goals from Dave Winfield and Darren McQueen.

A number of Sykes Pumps’ staff were in the ground to witness the action first hand and were delighted to see their commercial partners achieve the pre-season target of promotion.

We would like to congratulate Ebbsfleet on a remarkably successful campaign on the pitch and hope that next season provides an opportunity for the club to take another significant step forward.

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Russell Brookes set to finally claim silver tulip accolade

This week, rally fans are closely following the 64th edition of the Tulpenrallye which concludes on Saturday 13 May. But for one man in particular, the event – held in the Netherlands – will be a markedly nostalgic occasion.

Thirty-nine years ago, Russell Brookes and co-driver Peter Bryant negotiated their way around the 800-mile track to score an outright victory in an Andrews Heat for Hire sponsored Ford Escort RS 1800.

The ‘Gulf Tulip Rally’ was aptly named because the annual winner was presented with a trio of silver tulips, as opposed to a more conventional trophy.

Only, this was not the case for Russell. For some unaccountable reason, the traditional prize was not available due to budget cuts from sponsors. Instead, Russell and Peter were presented with a floral tribute as an economical replacement for the time-honoured tulip and rose bowl, which, nearly four decades on, they’re still waiting for!

However, a chance meeting between Russell and former driver Eddy Van Den Hoorn at an event in San Marino went full circle when the Dutchman contacted the Tulpenrallye organisers to explain the situation.

And the rally veteran has now been made a special guest at the 2017 Tulpenrallye, where he will finally receive the coveted prize that has eluded him for almost forty years!

Following his invite, Russell contacted Andrews Sykes and asked whether they would be able to help transport the Escort RS 1800 to the Netherlands for the event. This would enable the car to be reunited with Russell at the scene of his historic triumph in the Netherlands.

A gala dinner has been scheduled for 19:30 this Saturday, where, at long last, Russell will receive the award that has evaded him up until now – completing the final piece of an extremely protracted jigsaw puzzle!

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Two out of two for Ingram as he seals Rally Islas Canarias win

Chris Ingram’s dream start to the season continued on Spanish territory over the weekend after he cruised to victory at the Rally Islas Canarias.

The Andrews Heat for Hire-backed driver led after the first day and sealed victory on Saturday with a 20.5 second gap over nearest rival and Opel team-mate Jari Huttunen.

Describing his achievements as ‘one of the most rewarding wins yet’, Chris paid tribute to his team and now leads the European Rally Championship Junior standings by a staggering 37 points.

The result extends a remarkable run of podium finishes for the 22-year-old, who has enjoyed a great deal of success since joining forces with Andrews before last season’s Circuit of Ireland.

Round 3 of the ERC Junior will not take place until August, when Chris and co-driver Elliott Edmondson will head to Poland for the Rajd Rzeszowski.

He will of course be in action between now and then, and there are already preliminary plans for our French and Belgian employees to attend the Kenotek Ypres Rally next month.

In the meantime, though, everyone at the company would like to congratulate Chris on another fantastic performance and we’re already looking forward to the next time he gets behind the wheel!

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Ingram looking to conquer Gran Canaria following Azores victory

After getting the best possible start to this season’s European Rally Championships last month, current title holder Chris Ingram will be looking to maintain a gap between himself and second place when the Rally Islas Canarias begins on Thursday.

The Brit currently has a 10-point lead over nearest rival Aleks Zawada and is clearly eager for Round 2 to begin, tweeting his followers: “Ready to fly out to Gran Canaria with @EAERallying.”

This particular rally is widely regarded as one of the more challenging on the circuit due to its climb, descent and abrasive surfaces partly comprised of volcanic lava.

Grip levels are generally high and ought to remain as such even in the event of rain, although tyre wear may possibly come into play along the 207.29-kilometre stage distance.

The event concludes at 17:50 local time on Saturday evening, and naturally all of us at Andrews Heat for Hire hope that Chris will be standing on the podium at Parque Santa Catalina.

As always, you can monitor Chris’ progress on the Eurosport channel or by following his Twitter page for evening updates. We wish him the very best of luck!

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Andrews provide cooling arrangement for server room upgrade

As a company committed to providing temporary cooling equipment to organisations potentially affected by server failure, Andrews Air Conditioning Hire are often the first port of call for businesses looking to protect vital hardware.

This fact was underlined when one of our major clients had planned maintenance works in their server room, leading to our specialists being asked to provide an urgent customised cooling solution that would help keep operations online.

An Andrews technician visited the site to conduct a survey prior to making a recommendation, deciding that four PAC22 rental units would be efficient in providing the application with the required cooling duty. The temporary air conditioning units were then connected to a series of heat exchangers positioned inside a storage room nearby.

Our customer declared that they are extremely pleased with our air conditioning hire package, before requesting a further two units to be placed on site as cover over the Easter weekend as part of a contingency plan.

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