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With one day left at the Facilities Show, make sure you don’t miss us!

After two busy days at the Facilities Show, we’re extremely pleased with the number of new business opportunities that have arisen as a direct result of us exhibiting once again. Our sales team have also been networking with key decision makers at a range of FM companies, with these preliminary discussions already leading to several potential orders.

We have also had a fantastic response to our annual paper fan competition, so it’s great to see that the unusually high rainfall for this time of year hasn’t dampened people’s desire to get involved!

But we’re not done yet! It’s not too late to take advantage of our exclusive Facilities Show promotion, entitling visitors to our stand a 10% discount off the price of our new Polar Wind Style and Polar Breeze Style air conditioning units.

These units were only launched last month and have attracted considerable interest because of their suitability for offices, classrooms, IT suites and server rooms.

Paul La Roche, HVAC Sales Director, said: “There’s no doubt that the Facilities Show has been very good to us again this year, and we’ve had a lot of positive interaction already.

“FM companies obviously account for the bulk of enquiries received so far but there has also been noticeable interest from the construction industry, which is great to see.”

If you’ve got any cooling requirements that you’d like to discuss in more detail or you’re simply looking to gain a better understanding of the services we offer, then make sure you visit Andrews Air Conditioning on stand FM5420.

Our team look forward to meeting you and are keen to ensure the final day of the Facilities Show is just as successful as the previous two!

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Andrews Air Conditioning set to appear at Facilities Show 2019

Our Andrews Air Conditioning team are delighted to be attending the 2019 Facilities Show for a sixth successive year and we’re looking forward to connecting with as many people as possible during the three-day event.

This year’s exhibition will be taking place between the 18th – 20th of June and will give us the opportunity to reconnect with existing clients as well as develop new and exciting relationships.

We invite visitors to come and meet our team at stand FM5420 inside the ExCel Exhibition Centre! Our sales team will be showcasing our two newest products – the Polar Wind Style and the Polar Breeze Style – and will be very happy to discuss enquiries and answer any questions you may have about the services we offer.

We’ll be running two free-to-enter competitions across the three days, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs! Lucky entrants could win one of our popular new Polar Breeze Style units simply by visiting our stand and submitting their answer to a sport-themed question.

We will also be running our annual paper fan competition where you could win vouchers for a holiday to a destination of your choice. Simply send us a selfie with your paper fan and the hashtag #CoolAndCalm and you could be on the next plane to sunny Spain!

We’ll be putting updates on our social media channels over the coming days, so make sure you follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed on our activities during the show.

We’re very much looking forward to meeting everyone and discussing whichever projects and applications you have in mind. It also looks like temperatures will be picking up next week, so what better time to come and see us at stand FM5420?

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Andrews Sykes expands Kent presence with Ashford relocation

We are delighted to announce the relocation of our Ashford depot following a sustained period of success in the area. The move is symptomatic of our continual development as a business and provides us with an excellent opportunity to further capitalise on the growth we have enjoyed in Kent over the last 40 years.

The site, situated on the Henwood Industrial Estate, is now officially in operation and has been selected with a view to accommodating future progress.

A surge in demand for our services across Kent has necessitated this substantial investment and will put us in an even better position to support clients throughout the region. Our new depot is more than 50% bigger in size than the original site and fitted with a modern workshop and dedicated testing areas. Additionally, the new premises offer a much larger yard and extra storage space to satisfy increased fleet holding capacities.

The depot is adjacent to the M20 motorway and guarantees responsive coverage to customers located throughout Kent and East Sussex. We stock a full range of equipment for hire from our Ashford depot including air conditioning units, heaters, boilers, chillers, dehumidifiers, ventilation fans and pumps.

This exciting development follows the opening of a depot in West Sussex last year and is part of a wider commitment to enhancing our presence in the South East.

Jim Laybourne, Group Operations Support Director, said: “Opening a larger facility in Ashford will strengthen our market position in Kent and beyond and is a clear indication of the company’s progress in recent years. After a prolonged period of success both regionally and nationally, now is the perfect time for expansion as we look to take advantage of future opportunities.”

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Our Marseille depot is now officially open

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new depot in Marseille as we continue developing our business in France. A rising demand for our services across the country combined with the development of many fast-growing relationships with clients have compelled us to seek an appropriate base from which to serve the South of France.

The new depot will allow us to prioritise our service in Marseille and the surrounding areas and help us respond effectively to a widening requirement for our assistance.

Situated near several major road links, the premises will enhance our local presence and allow us to serve neighbouring towns and cities including Avignon, Toulon, Cannes, Nice, Montpelier, Nîmes, Perpignan and Toulouse.

Like all Andrews Sykes depots, our Marseille location offers a full range of air conditioners, cooling units, dehumidifiers, fans, heaters and boilers ready for short or long-term rentals.

Thanks to our 24/7 service and company commitment, we pledge to provide all customers with immediate delivery and support in the event of an emergency.

Thomas Vigor, Director of Business Development Europe for Andrews Sykes said: “This depot gives us the opportunity to offer a first-class level of service to our customers across the South of France.

“We are confident that this strategic investment will strengthen our position in the south of France market and allow us to reduce response times in situations where quick action is required.”

Marseille is our 4th depot to open in France along with Paris, Lille and Lyon, with further depots being planned for the near future.

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Andrews Air Conditioning upgrade sales range ahead of summer

With summer almost upon us and last year’s soaring seasonal temperatures still very fresh in the memory, Andrews Air Conditioning have ensured our range of sales units has been reinforced ahead of what is expected to be another extremely hot period.

We have added two new products – the Polar Wind Style and the Polar Breeze Style – which have been designed for offices, classrooms, shops, living spaces and IT & server rooms. These portable A-rated units will provide a range of applications with a cost-effective cooling solution capable of operating efficiently to keep running costs low.

A key feature of both models is their low power consumption and compatibility with a standard 230V domestic supply, with plug-and-play set-up allowing instant installation in any scenario.

These aesthetically pleasing air conditioners have been stylishly designed to blend unobtrusively into a multitude of environments, while their small dimensions enable seamless deployment even in tight areas.

Another notable trait of these units is their quiet functionality and ability to provide a constant flow of cool air without disturbing people working nearby.

Each unit comes with a remote control for ease of use and coupled with a thermostat which allows indoor temperatures to be maintained automatically. Air flow can be regulated via multiple fan speeds, maximising comfort and flexibility.

These units are available for immediate purchase online and can be accessed by clicking here. Alternatively, you can buy directly from your nearest Andrews Sykes depot. You can also call us on 0800 211 611 to discuss your potential requirements in more detail.

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Andrews Sykes provide climate control for world’s rarest dinosaur exhibit

Glasgow is hosting the world’s only original skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at a public exhibition in Kelvin Hall – and Andrews Sykes have been called in to help!

The 39ft-long T.rex weighs the same as four Mini Cooper cars and has arrived in Scotland on the last stop of its eagerly awaited European tour.

Like a lot of priceless artefacts, the T.rex’s skeleton must be held in a monitored climate-controlled application for preservation purposes, with Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall the chosen location.

A project of such magnitude is understandably the subject of much scrutiny, which is why it was so important that organisers approached a professional company regarding the supply of suitable climate control equipment.

Fortunately, as reputable suppliers based nearby, Andrews Sykes were entrusted with devising a solution that could operate unobtrusively and safeguard the skeleton’s condition while the exhibition was open to the public.

Following a consultative meeting with the client, a design criteria of maintaining a temperature of 18°C +/- 2°C and holding a relative humidity of 50% RH +/- 5% – with a continuous air flow within the temporary structure -  was agreed. After an extensive site survey, an Andrews HPAC 90 high capacity heat pump air conditioning unit combined with a DH150 refrigerant dehumidifier was selected to meet the demanding criteria.

Situated externally, the HPAC 90 was fitted with lengths of ducting which were used to distribute large volumes of cool air throughout the gallery. This arrangement was ideal for keeping internal temperatures low and operated simultaneously with the drying unit to keep relative humidity at a desirable level.

To give the customer additional peace of mind, we also installed a number of dataloggers within the building which offered up-to-date temperature and RH readings at a second’s notice. This provision enabled preordained high and low points to be established with alarm alerts scheduled in the event that conditions changed unexpectedly.

Shortly after installation, one of our regional experts revisited site to ensure all equipment was running properly ahead of the grand opening. Unsurprisingly, all kit was operating as planned, with the exhibition due to continue until the end of June.

From Andrews Sykes’ perspective, at least, the project has been a roaring success!

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Poor road etiquette and losing money among the average Briton’s biggest gripes, study finds

Inconsiderate drivers, rogue cyclists and misplacing money appear to be the most prominent aspects of British life that get people feeling hot under the collar according to a recently conducted survey.

Other anger-inducing situations include long queues, loud roadworks and train delays, which are all unavoidable factions of life for most of us.

Approximately one third of respondents hate it when motorists fail to use their indicators when making a turn, and 22 per cent have felt their temper flare when hearing someone talking about them behind their back.

It has been calculated that the average British citizen will become angry or frustrated fives times a week, translating into approximately an hour a half of rage across any given seven-day period. continue reading »

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Andrews Heat for Hire provides emergency heating solution for Kent contractor

A building contractor company based on the Kent coast, recently battled cold damp weather while working on a new building project in the area. This caused difficulties during the dying process and was preventing paint form drying and flooring being laid.

The client in question specialises in the nursing and associated care sectors. This particular project focuses on building a care home in Hampshire, which was famously a fishing village many centuries ago. The development is on such a scale that it could potentially impact on the people living nearby, rendering it critical that each phase was correctly overseen.

The contractor quickly contacted Andrews Heat for Hire to assist with their issues and to make sure no delays or other inconveniences could occur. Our specialist surveyed the building within 24 hours and decided to provide a single Aurora FH111 dual voltage indirect fired oil unit, which they felt would be more than adequate due to its huge operating capacities.

The unit is a robustly constructed economical heater with a nominal heating duty of 110kW, making it ideal for a project of this magnitude. As one of our most resourceful heaters, it is specially designed for use on building sites and similar applications.

The heater was sited between the two care home premises, with a slip ducting allowing us to feed large volumes of warm air into both buildings.

Our equipment proved successful in supplying heat for two separate areas and accelerating the drying process, which was critical to the project’s completion. The client was extremely satisfied with the outcome and has hinted that they’ll turn to us again with further scheduled projects imminently.

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Kent spa suffers major boiler breakdown

A popular Kentish spa recently suffered a major boiler failure after four of their main units broke down on site during a busy day. This caused considerable issues at the resort and meant the availability of hot water was lost, affecting their swimming pools, jacuzzi facility and showers.

The management team at the well-known spa attempted to get permanent boiler replacements on the same day, which proved unsuccessful. They then contacted Andrews Boilers Hire for assistance as they needed to re-open the establishments for customers who had paid – meaning a stand-in solution was imperative.

Our experts arrived at the building within a few hours of enquiry, conducting a free site survey before deciding which unit would best suit the application. They settled on single 500kW boiler complete with a 300ltr tank and a 20kVA generator.


The boiler was situated in the courtyard area, with temporary hoses placed into their plant room and connected onto the existing pipework. This proved successful in heating up the calorifiers and allowed the hot water to be distributed throughout the spa.

Unfortunately, their boilers were initially down for a week before our team was contacted, which caused the company severe financial repercussions and meant they had to refund over 100 customers due to the area not being publicly accessible. Our replacement has prevented the issue from magnifying and allowed the entire facility to be functional as it was prior to the breakdown.

A hire Andrews boiler is currently in place and has proved very successful in addressing what was a very costly problem. In fact, our short-term unit worked so well that the customer opted to switch off their remaining two boiler units and run solely on the equipment we provided them.

The units are expected to stay at the establishment longer than was originally planned, with the customer since being informed that it will potentially take around six weeks for the permanent replacements to be available for installation.

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Storage facilities at full capacity following Brexit uncertainty

Food, pharmaceutical and consumer products companies up and down the country are struggling to find suitable storage facilities as a direct result of the ambiguity surrounding Brexit.

It was reported earlier in the year that more than 75% of UK warehouses were completely full, with associated costs soaring by as much as a quarter. Since then, the situation has worsened to the extent that purpose-built storage spaces are now completely unavailable, necessitating that alternatives are found – and quickly.

The narrative of storage scarcity coincides with an increasing demand for so-called Brexit ‘survival kits’ that would supposedly keep the average person fed and watered for 30 days.
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