Case Study

Andrews Sykes top ten blogs of 2022

If you are new to what we do at Andrews Sykes, you might not be aware of our long heritage as a 165-year-old company specialising in HVAC and pumps. But we also write a popular blog on a weekly basis!

We cover a range of topics including case studies, roundups, opinion pieces, advice/top tips, and segments highlighting the work of our wonderful team.

If you’re already one of our regular readers, we’d like to say a big thank you for tuning in and we look forward to sharing more with you in 2023!

read more

What’s been happening in Europe this month?

UK

We knew last month had been a good one, but it has since come to light that it was our best December on record from a revenue perspective! Britain experienced snowfall, ice and bitter temperatures – and it’s fair to say our clients were cold. Although we didn’t have a choice in the weather, our loyal customers chose us to provide temporary heating units. We’ve always made it our target to provide a high level of service and deliver during sleet, snow, or shine, and that’s exactly what we did!

read more

Winchester City Council enlists help of Andrews Boilers for leisure centre development

When a local authority in Hampshire faced the prospect of a major leisure centre development being delayed, a solution was required immediately to ensure the project was completed on time.

The construction company responsible for the scheme has worked on countless high-profile builds including the London Aquatic Centre used during the 2012 Olympics, and they were desperate to avoid any setbacks here. Local councillors had stressed that people in the community were expecting the leisure centre to open on a specified date, but doubt had been cast over the likelihood of this due to the deferral of flooring being laid.

read more

Sykes Pumps provides over-pumping solution for local council

Sykes Pumps was recently approached by a major building and civil engineering company and asked to help assist with the repair of a local culvert.

Before work could take place, our engineers were required to provide an immediate pumping solution to over-pump the stream – cleaning out all the silt build-up and then removing old metal sheeting to allow the contractor to replace it with a new one.

Our response was to propose the hire of an 8” submersible alongside a smaller 6” submersible to catch excess water. We also provided a 60kVA generator and a separate fuel tank to enable quiet operation within a densely-populated neighbourhood.

read more

Sykes Pumps provides emergency pumping solution for house building contractor

At Sykes Pumps, we’re used to receiving last-minute callouts. Our ability to handle projects at short notice is the reason so many customers know they can rely on us when things go wrong. So, when East Sussex based house-building contractor required us to supply an urgent pumping rental scheme, they contacted us at the eleventh hour.

The customer in question was about to close its site for the Christmas period when a situation arose that required immediate attention.

Sykes Pumps was asked to provide equipment to prevent water levels from rising too high during an excavation job. The ramifications of failing to address the issue included the possibility of nearby residents suffering flooding. It was therefore essential that we moved quickly!

read more

Swift pump hire ensures sewage treatment maintenance project is completed months ahead of schedule

When one of the country’s largest sewage treatment plants reported an issue with their fixed pumps, they knew that Sykes Pumps could provide a suitable replacement pump hire package while the original units were repaired off site.

Two of the customer’s pumps were therefore taken offline, and we had to propose a solution that would also facilitate the repair of a valve which was crucial in staving sewage effluent and preventing overflowing.

It was decided that deploying six 6” submersible pumps in the overflow chamber and having a seventh on standby would be sufficient for over-pumping a flow of 1,200 litres of sewage per second. Positioning our pumps inside the chamber could have proved a real challenge but any potential difficulties were overcome by using the cranes on our Hiab lorries.

read more

High capacity heating arrangement assists concrete curing process

Temperature can have a major effect on trade works, and it is important to take it into consideration before working with concrete during winter. This applies to both the ambient air temperature and that of the concrete itself, with undesirable conditions likely to affect the strength and integrity of the end product.

The potential for complications caused by cold weather is something construction firms are extremely aware of, prompting a national building and logistics company to approach us before they laid concrete slabs on a development in Milton Keynes.

read more

Distinguished London hospital seeks heater hire for COVID testing and vaccination centres

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Andrews has worked alongside the NHS on a national scale to provide a range of essential HVAC services. Initially tasked with supplying comfort cooling in hospitals, improving ventilation in sealed areas and connecting boilers for temporary heating and showering facilities, our input is now required to help assist the next stage of recovery.

One of the capital’s largest and most well-known hospitals contacted us in early December and asked us to propose a short-term heating configuration that would maintain a comfortable temperature inside two temporary structures.

read more

Andrews assists lead contractor on Bank Tube station reconstruction project

The £700m upgrade of one of London’s most recognised Underground stations is expected to be completed by spring 2022, with much of the hard work already done. TFL’s subsidiary London Underground commissioned improvements with the intention of increasing Bank’s passenger capacities by as much as 40%, meaning up to 140 million people will pass through annually once fully operational.

The tunnelling phase of the project was completed in October 2020 and saw more than 200,000 tonnes of material excavated to make way for platforms, escalators, passages and concourses. Due to the nature of the work undertaken during this stage, there was a long-term requirement for mechanical ventilation to ensure the continued wellbeing of engineers on site.

read more

Wiltshire-based demolition contractor requires pumps for dust suppression

Although perhaps most commonly associated with irrigation, water transfer and sewage movement, pumps can also be used on other specialist assignments including dust suppression applications. In such scenarios, liquid can prove particularly effective in capturing airborne particles and cause them to fall downwards rather than disperse into the open air.

A leading demolition contractor recently approached Sykes Pumps in the hope that we could help convert fire hoses into a dust suppression system while several derelict buildings were razed.

read more