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Andrews Sykes provide emergency cooling solution during exam season

An uncomfortably hot working environment at school can negatively impact the concentration levels, productivity and comfort of the students. This is most evident during examination season when increased temperatures cause halls to become hot and stuffy very quickly.

Fortunately for our customers, Andrews Air Conditioning have many years of experience providing temporary air conditioning to a wide variety of applications within schools, universities and colleges, including lecture theatres, classrooms and exam/sports halls.

Our specialists were contacted and asked to provide a practical cooling solution for a large sports hall that our client was using as a temporary exam area for the students. Following a site survey, our experts proposed and agreed on a HPAC90 portable air conditioning unit, which they positioned outside the building, ducting the cold air into the hall.

The facilities manager involved in conducting the hire was extremely pleased with the short-term cooling arrangement. The HPAC has succeeded in reducing the temperatures in the exam hall making it far more comfortable for the students to work in.

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Andrews Sykes uncover original centenary brochure

In 1957, the company – under the name Henry Sykes Ltd – celebrated our first one hundred years of business. In order to mark this milestone, a commemorative centenary brochure was produced to document our incredible growth during that period.

The build-up to this anniversary prompted a lot of research about our history and led to a lot of previously unknown information being uncovered by our marketing team. While conducting their research, the team came across old copies of the original Henry Sykes 100th anniversary book. Further investigation uncovered the fact that an ex-employee still owned one of the original copies in pristine condition – and this can now be viewed here.


This unique booklet traces the business’ journey from its origins in 1857, where it was established as a small engineering firm in London before going on to become a global hire company.

Drawing from the company’s extensive historical archive, the article celebrates the people most responsible for contributing to our proud story, as well as giving readers a detailed perception of how we evolved during those first ten decades.

With over 25 pages of exclusive insight and breath-taking original imagery of company personnel, products and innovations, this commemorative brochure is an invaluable memento of a significant phase in our history.

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Andrews Sykes unveil new fleet of large goods vehicles

We are pleased to announce a significant investment in a new fleet of large goods vehicles – each with a capacity of up to 18 tons. These new additions to our fleet will ensure delivery times are cut further and that the transportation of heavy duty units can be completed in accordance with stringent safety guidelines.

Richard Galvin says: “Our commitment to improving our service is evidenced by us purchasing a significant number of new lorries, which will only benefit our expanding customer base. This recent investment is symptomatic of the company’s success in recent months and is necessary to ensure we can continue to accommodate growing demand.

“Of course, we have taken steps to guarantee our lorries run economically and comply with new rules outlined by the European Commission. They even feature state-of-the-art dashcam technology, providing added security.”

These vehicles are fitted with an HMF 2620K2 crane that has a maximum lift capacity of 5600 kilograms and reach of 8.2 metres, allowing the driver to seamlessly place items on customer sites. For safety, the cranes are operated using a remote control so that the driver can work with the load as it is being moved.

The lorries each have a Euro 6-approved engine and come fitted with a sidescan radar, audible left turn alarm and reversing cameras. They are also fully compliant with all Construction Logistics and Community Safety legislation (CLOCS), exceeding all necessary standards within the code of practice.

Maintaining and modernising our fleet is an integral part of our operational targets and follows recent investment in company depots and employees – all to ensure the service we provide continues to surpass expectations.

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Global children’s charity seek temporary cooling equipment

When an international children’s charity required emergency cooling for one of their London offices, Andrews Air Conditioning Hire was on hand to help.

The rapid rise in temperature left dozens of workers exposed to unbearable working conditions. Our client contacted us regarding a practical solution that would successfully provide comfort cooling for a sizeable working space.

After a visit from one of our local specialists, our response was to deploy a total of seven Polar Wind portable air conditioners. The short-term units were delivered to the site within  a few hours and were up and running the same day, dispersing hot air out the window.

Once commissioned, our temporary air conditioning units worked perfectly and ensured all staff were kept cool during the summer period. This is the second year in a row that our customer has hired these rental units as a result of having devised an effective arrangement previously.

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West Yorkshire’s largest construction company hires temporary drying equipment

A nationally renowned construction company based in West Yorkshire contacted the specialists at Andrews Dehumidifier Hire for a practical drying solution required immediately, in order to ensure a major renovation project could be completed on time.

A key phase of the project involved the removal of the applications roof – after a relentless spell of rain precipitation the building’s fabric was saturated. Andrews Dehumidification were subsequently drafted in to conduct an assessment of the affected area, deciding that the best course of action was to recommend the hire of six KT2000 desiccant dehumidifiers.

Our specialists placed one unit on each floor in order to effectively speed up the drying of the concrete walls and plaster surfaces. It was essential that these were completely dry before our client could lay the new wooden flooring.

Without this dehumidification hire, the renovation work would have taken much longer. Our customer saved a considerable amount of time with our dehumidifier rental and was able to complete the project on time.

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Andrews Air Conditioning donate equipment to Spotlight UK

At Andrews Sykes, we pride ourselves on assisting good causes and were recently given the opportunity to provide the Spotlight UK charity with some cooling equipment after learning of their requirement.

Spotlight UK work alongside a broad demographic of socially isolated and vulnerable people and provide them with support throughout difficult times. The charity supports around 500 individuals via the provision of activities, developing their confidence, nurturing skills, self-esteem and social interaction to give them the best possible platform to reach their full potential in life.

As a local charity that works with vulnerable children, temporary air conditioning equipment was required during the summer months – providing a large open space with comfort cooling and instilling an environment that was suitable for both children and volunteers.

Andrews Air Conditioning was made aware of the difficulties the charity faced in keeping the application cool and offered to donate two portable air conditioning units to help reduce the effects of high seasonal temperatures.

We are delighted to be playing our part in aiding a fantastic charity and are proud that our equipment is having a possible impact. For more information on Spotlight UK, or to find out how you could donate to this fantastic service, click here.

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Ebbsfleet United and Sykes Pumps to continue commercial partnership

Sykes Pumps are extremely pleased to be extending our long-term association with Ebbsfleet United following an extremely successful year for both parties.

The Fleet enjoyed competing at the summit of the National League South and eventually secured promotion while Sykes Pumps recently announced a record-breaking capital investment following an extremely profitable 2016.

Paul Wood, managing director at the company, said: “Following Ebbsfleet’s tremendous success on the pitch last season, we are extremely pleased to extend our partnership with the club.

“Their promotion to the National League has coincided with Sykes Pumps celebrating our 160th anniversary, so it’s a fantastic time to be continuing a mutually beneficial association. We’d like to wish the team all the best for the 2017/18 campaign.”

Ebbsfleet’s new dugouts will be adorned with Sykes Pumps branding as part of the agreement, and these sit in front of the new main stand which was opened last campaign.

The club’s commercial director, Dave Archer, said: “I am delighted to announce that Paul Wood and his team at Sykes Pumps have agreed to continue with their commercial sponsorship agreement next season and have widened it to include a dugout sponsorship package for the new main stand.

“I have been fortunate to work closely with Paul Wood for a number of years and I couldn’t be more pleased that this much-valued relationship will continue. The team from Sykes Pumps are regular visitors to Stonebridge Road and many away matches and their help and support on all of our stadium development projects has been superb.”

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Andrews Ventilation Hire assist with ‘mega shed’ construction project

One of the country’s most prestigious universities was in the process of building a new ‘mega shed’ which was due to be used as a large library facility. Once completed, the university say the site will hold the equivalent of 18 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of books – underlining the application’s size!

As part of the construction process, various industrial equipment was utilised for concrete slab pouring which could have left an enclosed space polluted with carbon monoxide. This would have had serious health implications for those working on site if the issue was not addressed quickly, but our engineers were on hand quickly to ensure this problem was averted.

Andrews Ventilation Hire was tasked with providing a regular flow of fresh air throughout the area while removing air that had been contaminated by the equipment used on site. Our experts surveyed the site and proposed a ventilation hire package consisting of two FV1800 extraction fans, fulfilling our client’s requirement.

A subsequent visit to site since the ventilation fans had been installed revealed that the rental units had been extremely effective in extracting all hazardous fumes and thus creating a completely safe working environment for all construction workers.

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Andrews competition winners prepare for Goodwood outing!

The end of June is always a very special time for fans of motorsport, with the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again preparing to welcome thousands of patrons to its annual four-day showpiece event.

Commencing on Thursday, the whole event will be streamed on both Facebook and Youtube while the ITV television channel will also be broadcasting extensive coverage.

Each day will be packed with motor shows, jaw-dropping stunts, contemporary and modern vehicles being on display and of course several of the sport’s household names rubbing shoulders with Festival visitors.

Among those present will be a number of Andrews Sykes customers, staff members and social media followers, who won tickets to the event via our free-to-enter competition. We are very happy to be in a position to offer rally enthusiasts these fantastic prizes and have been able to do so courtesy of our sponsorship with current Junior ERC champion Chris Ingram.

The event is now a complete sell-out – underlining its continued popularity – and we hope that our competition winners have a fantastic time!

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Andrews Air Conditioning Hire guarantees the continued safety of garden centre pets

Pet retailers across the country are obligated to ensure all animals are kept safe and healthy, so when a garden centre in Nottingham encountered difficulties keeping their rabbits and guinea pigs cool, they contacted Andrews Air Conditioning Hire in search of an effective cooling solution.

As an existing client, they knew Andrews would be able to offer same-day, out of hours delivery which was extremely important given how quickly high temperatures can affect small animals.

Our specialists recommended the deployment of an ET21 air conditioner after calculating that approximately 6kW of cooling would be sufficient in guaranteeing the continued wellbeing of the animals. Cold air was then driven into the wood cladding building via lengths of ducting we provided – directly spot cooling the display cabinets which housed the rabbits and guinea pigs.

Our customer was extremely impressed with our service, which played a pivotal role in guaranteeing the continued safety of the animals – keeping all units fully operational around the clock.

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