Case Study

Andrews provides climate control for eagerly anticipated US-Russia summit

As the world watched on with bated breath, President Biden met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for what many expected to be palpably tense diplomatic discussions in Geneva.

Although no major breakthroughs were envisaged, there was hope among other heads of state that some common ground could be established at a time where relations between the two countries have frequently been described as at their lowest.

And while some observers might have predicted some explosive exchanges and for the two protagonists to get a little hot under the collar, our colleagues in Switzerland went above and beyond to help ensure this didn’t happen.

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Temporary chiller hire keeps factory operational following temperature surge

Andrews Chiller Hire was recently drafted in to assist a global defence contractor after receiving an urgent enquiry for temporary cooling to restore conditions within their factory.

With summer temperatures soaring, our client was struggling to maintain a comfortable environment inside their machining workshops, causing production to grind to a halt for safety reasons. Usually operating 24 hours a day, the mechanical jigs were actually warping due to the heat and so addressing the problem quickly was of critical importance.

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Andrews Air Conditioning Hire provides emergency cooling for hardware company

When the European headquarters of a major research organization in Portsmouth required an urgent cooling arrangement to solve a problem with their chillers, Andrews Air Conditioning Hire were drafted in to prevent UPS batteries from overheating.

The computer hardware company were experiencing issues cooling their UPS back-up batteries, which are used as an uninterruptible power source should their primary supply fail.

In less than 24 hours, our specialists carried out a site survey and decided to install two PAC 60s, giving 17kW of cooling duty each. These were accompanied by two ASF50 cooing fans, which were situated near the PAC units to help circulate cold air. One of the PAC 60s was placed at the top of the room and the other to the side to cool the two main areas of concern.

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Medical research facility seeks huge cooling package for planned shutdown

In order to manage a project efficiently, it is important that even the most seemingly insignificant details are considered before a solution is tailored. The one-size-fits-all ideology may suffice on smaller assignments but on bigger contracts with countless variables at play, this approach will almost certainly lead to complications further down the line.

At Andrews Sykes, we savour opportunities to get involved with the more high-profile or logistically challenging jobs because they allow us to demonstrate our true capability. Everyday hires provide us with sustenance, but it is the way we handle largescale projects that really sets us apart.

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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.

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Air purification system protects the well-being of Post Office staff

It has been well documented that facilities management companies are having to go the extra mile to keep their clients safe, with COVID directly responsible for big changes in most industries. A focus towards improving ventilation and increasing air changes within confined spaces has caused a significant upsurge in demand for equipment that can implement these safer conditions – something that Andrews has witnessed first-hand.

An FM services provider responsible for a Cambridgeshire Post Office and sorting depot recently got in touch with us and asked us to recommend some units that could improve the working environment for staff.

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Digester boiler hire helps preserve energy output at sewage treatment plant

For many water companies, the annual electricity bill will exceed £1million per annum which renders it one of their most expensive operating overheads. The process of anaerobic digestion does however offer an alternative source of fuel, by converting sewage and other waste into a biogas that is used to generate renewable energy. In order for this to occur, the digester itself must reach a certain temperature for bacteria to produce the gas.

Following the Christmas period, we were contacted by a southern-based water contractor after they experienced an issue with one of their digesters on site. The mechanical tank had suffered a fault and was subsequently unable to reach the temperature that was required to break down organic waste.

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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.

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Heater hire cuts screed drying times to keep building project on track

Now more than ever, construction companies are under great pressure to complete building projects on time and ensure that any potential causes of delay are quickly addressed. One of the most common reasons for deadlines being pushed back is a need for screed to dry properly, which can lead to developments grinding to a halt and prevent labourers from accessing the impacted areas.

This was the situation facing a contractor responsible for upgrading a large sports complex in Cambridgeshire and prompted them to get in touch with Andrews. Our client had initially hired some DE190 electric heaters from us to assist the drying of resin in a toilet block on site, but they now required a high capacity heating solution for the project’s next phase.

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Emergency boiler hire helps avert patient relocation at healthcare facility

An unexpected boiler failure can have a range of consequences for healthcare facilities and leave patients vulnerable. Issues are commonly detected and reported during the build-up to winter, and this was the case for a large NHS Trust looking after a dedicated mental health service in the South East. In this instance, a control malfunction had left the boiler inoperable, prompting the estates team to contact Andrews so that an alternative unit could be installed.

Our client contacted us late in the evening and requested the deployment of a replacement boiler hire as quickly as possible. Due to concerns about the potential for legionella bacteria to grow as a result of low water temperature, it was vital that we connected a substitute boiler that same evening.

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