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Andrews Sykes overcome Storm Doris to maintain service standards

It’s safe to say Storm Doris has had a profound effect on the country over the past 48 hours, with 80mph winds leaving many homes without power, causing severe travel disruption and even flight cancellations.

Here at Andrews Sykes, we’re used to helping people counteract the weather – particularly when it’s hot and cold – but even we were powerless on this occasion.

In fact, there is little doubt that we as a company felt the wrath of Doris. Or, to be more specific, one of our call-out vehicles did!

An Andrews Sykes engineer visited a customer site in the Bedfordshire area and was conducting an assessment of the project while the gale was in full swing. Upon returning to his parked van, he became aware of a tree looking increasingly vulnerable before it eventually began falling in his general direction.

Fortunately, he was able to evade the toppling tree in good time and escape without so much as a scratch. However, the same could not be said for the automobile he had arrived in just minutes earlier!

Tools were salvaged from the  storage area, but it seems difficult to imagine the van being deemed road-worthy in the near future!

Despite the obvious inconvenience, there was at least some good news. As Andrews Sykes operate a genuine 24-hour service from our comprehensive depot network, we were able to arrange for another member of staff from a nearby depot to collect the stranded driver within a short time of the initial problem coming to light!

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Temporary heating required for major construction scheme

When a major construction company in Guildford required a temporary heating solution for a building project, Andrews Heat for Hire were contacted and asked to provide equipment to raise temperatures on site.

A reliable and constant supply of heating was needed during the absence of a fixed system, to ensure all works could be completed and ensure the warehouse could be opened for use as soon as possible.

An Andrews engineer conducted a survey of the area and subsequently proposed an appropriate heater hire based on the project’s requirements. Plans were then made to deliver and install a high capacity FH4000 unit.

Our technicians placed the units outside the warehouse, ducting the hot air through the units twin outlets and in through the buildings windows, to allow for work to be continued without interruption. Once operational, our heaters ensured a stable temperature was constantly maintained which ensured all applications were fitted and dried without issue.

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Andrews launch largest boiler hire unit yet

In major projects where large capacities of hot water are required on one site, it has generally led to a number of boilers being required to ensure demand is met. Andrews Boilers have identified this issue and we are now delighted to add our newest and largest unit to an already comprehensive hire fleet.

The 1,500kW LPHW boiler is a special low-emission hot water boiler that features 3-stage low NOx (Nitrous Oxide) burner technology to maximise fuel savings and meet current emission standards.

Suitable for use in a broad range of applications, the 1,500kW LPHW boiler is perfect for district heating systems, factories, sports & leisure centres, retail environments, hospitals and production facilities – among many others.

Other features and benefits include:

-          Fully packaged unit ready for use within hours of delivery

-          Can be used for domestic hot water of heating systems

-          3-stage burner reduces fuel usage and meets all EU emission regulations

-          Packaged in vandal-proof steel containers for added security

-          Full range of accessories, fuel tanks, hoses and fittings available to hire

-          Fully delivery, installation and commissioning service provided

Carl Webb, Divisional Director at Andrews Boilers, said: “By introducing the 1,500kW LPHW boiler – our biggest yet – to the hire fleet, we are able to provide customers with an all-encompassing solution that negates the need for several smaller units.

“We recognise the growing demand for fuel economy, and our three-stage burner feature will enable clients to keep running costs at an affordable level whilst still achieving project requirements.”

For more information on our 1,500kW LPHW boiler or any other product in our expansive range, call us today on 0800 211 611. For a detailed summary of this particular unit, including specifications and intended applications, click here.

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Sykes provide pump hire for sluice gates’ wheel assembly

As a company with an excellent reputation for designing pump hire packages to assist even the most uncommon projects, Sykes regularly work alongside the Environment Agency when assistance is required.

One particular scheme – at the Allington Lock on the Medway River – necessitated an upgrade to wheel assemblies to ensure functionality was enhanced in the long-term. Our client was responsible for overseeing the development and required an overpumping hire package in place before vital improvements could be made on the sluice gates’ wheel assembly.

By providing a Super Wispaset 150 capable of pumping 90 litres of liquid every second, we were able to transfer water between stop locks downstream into the tidal section of the River Medway. Overpumping was required to facilitate the erection of scaffolding, which was necessary to allow old water-lubricated wheel assemblies to be decommissioned and replaced.

This course of action enabled various components to be safely removed from site while engineers carried out repair work away from the river. The assignment ran extremely smoothly from start to finish, prompting the director of the engineering company involved to praise our operation.

He said: “We had used Sykes Pumps on other schemes so we knew that we could trust them to provide us with the appropriate kit, commission it correctly and work flexibly with us to ensure that the pump was operational when we needed it.

“Routine maintenance schemes like this one are a vital part of managing our waterways and, thanks to this one, the sluice gate at Allington Lock is ready to give many more years of efficient service.”

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It’s not too late to win corporate hospitality at Race Retro!

With our Race Retro competition open until Friday 17 February, there is still some time left to enter and ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to win a fantastic VIP package.

We have been delighted with the levels of response so far, which has seen us receive entries from staff members, customers and social media users.

There are several main prizes up for grabs, with four lucky winners getting the chance to enjoy corporate hospitality at Race Retro on Saturday 25 February. They will also have the opportunity to meet Chris Ingram and motorsport legend Russell Brookes, and even experience a ‘money can’t buy’ ride inside a modern rally car!

A series of day tickets are also available for runners-up, meaning there are plenty of reasons to get involved if you haven’t already done so.

Start by clicking here to follow @AndrewsSykes on Twitter. Then, once you have done so, click the link on our pinned Tweet (at the top of our feed) and complete the small entry form shown.

There are only a few days until the winners will be drawn at random and announced, so make sure you revisit our social media platforms and website blog to stay updated!

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Andrews Heat for Hire keep stallholders warm during cold spell

When north Lincolnshire’s biggest indoor market required short-term heating to keep stallholders comfortable during the winter period, local authorities approached us in search of an immediate solution.

A local specialist reviewed the site and recommended that our client hire a single high capacity FH4000 indirect heater, along with a fuel tank and four lengths of ducting. The temporary heating was required to be in constant use 24 hours a day, providing the large space with background heat to take the chill off the workers.

The hire package we supplied was more than adequate in countering draughty indoor conditions and enabling both workers and visitors to remain comfortable while shopping.

Our customer was extremely happy with our service and heater rental, which combined to deliver a positive end result. The equipment is expected to be kept on hire throughout winter – keeping Scunthorpe Market warm throughout the cold spell.

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Leeds hospital seek emergency heater hire for estates department

When a boiler loses effectiveness, a rapid response to the issue will ensure your building remains operational. So when a hospitals estates department had a boiler failure, they put in an urgent call to one of our specialists.

Due to the age of the boiler, our client was expecting to wait up to 4 weeks before obtaining a part vital to the repair of the boiler. The swift intervention of Andrews Heat for Hire was therefore essential.


Our solution was to propose a heater hire package consisting of two ID65 indirect fired heaters, positioning them alongside the hospital building and ducting the warm air in through windows over three floors.

Once our customer was pleased with the advised temporary heating solution, engineers were sent to site to complete installation. Failure to address this situation quickly would have resulted in major implications for the hospitals everyday businesses.

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Sykes Pump Hire drafted in to assist with iconic redevelopment project

Before building contractors could begin the conversion of an internationally cherished landmark, Sykes Pumps were called to provide a pump hire solution to help cool down their machinery.

The once crumbling Battersea power station, which was closed in 1983 and left uninhabitable for the past 50 years, is undergoing a major redevelopment. Once completed the site will provide office, retail and leisure space, as well as over 4,000 new homes.

After taking into account the specific requirements of the project, we deployed a number of 6” super silent pumps capable of producing flows of up to 160m³ /h. The rental units were quickly fully operational and used to cool down the specialist machinery brought in to tear down the station’s four staple chimneys.

Our client was delighted with the impact of our pump rental solution and swift delivery, which allowed engineers to adhere to tight project deadlines.

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Andrews Heat for Hire agree sponsorship deal with European champion Chris Ingram

After last year’s fantastic reintroduction to Motorsport – culminating in Andrews-backed driver Chris Ingram being crowned the first British European Rally Champion in 49 years by winning the ERC3 title – it is with great excitement that we announce an extension of our partnership for the 2017 season.

Our original association with Chris began last March, following a chance encounter with Rally legend and former Andrews Sykes backed driver Russell Brookes, who wisely predicted on the day that Chris would become European Champion! Russell and Andrews Heat for Hire were once coupled by one of the sport’s longest ever sponsorships between 1974 and 1991 – before the company’s links with motor racing ended.

This was until we were presented with a wonderful opportunity to support England’s number 1 ranked rally driver, Chris Ingram, at the Circuit of Ireland, where he sealed a second place finish on his debut with the Opel Rally Team.

A deal was then done to extend our relationship until the end of the season, which was both mutually beneficial and incredibly successful! The next four months saw Chris wrap up the European Championship in Latvia before landing yet another podium finish on his return to the Wales Rally GB with Team Vauxhall.

Meanwhile, the presence of Andrews Heat for Hire was noticeably welcomed back to motorsport by fans and spectators alike. Our famous logo was once synonymous with rallying, but not even a 25-year absence could prevent racing enthusiasts recalling years gone by after our initial partnership with Chris was announced!

The company is therefore delighted to put pen to paper on another agreement which will see Andrews Heat for Hire become the Mancunian’s Premium Partner for the next twelve months.

Chris’ team, car and exciting plans for the 2017 season are soon to be announced, but this deal will once again see the iconic Andrews Heat for Hire branding featured prominently on the front of a rally-winning car across the UK and Europe, giving it tremendous exposure to television audiences across the continent.

As part of tie-up with Chris, Andrews will be running a series of free-to-enter competitions for motorsport fanatics – starting with Race Retro which takes place at the end of February. Details of these competitions will be announced later next week, with a number of ‘money can’t buy’ prizes up for grabs!

To ensure you don’t miss out, follow our Twitter page (@AndrewsSykes) by clicking here. Alternatively, you can stay up to date with all the latest announcements and information by visiting our blog.

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UK continues to shiver in sub-zero temperatures with -8°C lows

A toxic cold fog caused disruption to millions of commuters nationwide on Monday morning, with experts forecasting that freezing conditions will blight Britain for at least another seven days.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled from London airports while many motorways and road links were brought to a standstill as a result of hazardous weather.

Temperatures dropped to between -5° and -7°C across various parts of the south and were surpassed only in Farnborough, Hampshire – where the mercury fell below -8°C!

The effects of the Baltic atmosphere will be exacerbated by the presence of a swirling mist, particularly during the earlier part of the week.

Mark Wilson, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We are looking at quite a high risk of some really dense fog patches.

“It could well affect some of the London airports and motorways, there is a potential for very difficult travelling conditions.”

Unsurprisingly, people have been quick to complain about the weather and have taken to social media to voice their disgruntlement.

Twitter user @Jodedray commented: “Can’t get over how cold my office is, I’m actually going to be an ice sculpture by the end of the day.”

And she wasn’t alone in feeling the cold, with @AmberStPierre saying: “The office is so cold this morning we’ve been sat with our coats on.”

Fortunately for facilities managers and those responsible for providing appropriate climate control in office buildings, we at Andrews Heat for Hire have a solution for you!

Our range of electric heaters have been specifically designed with such applications in mind and can be delivered to your site within four hours of contact. If you’d like more information on the best heater hire package for your situation or some assistance in calculating the volume of heating required, speak to one of our experts today by calling 0800 211 611.

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