Andrews Sykes

Andrews Sykes Group expands French coverage with new Nantes depot

It is with great delight that we announce the opening of a new depot in Nantes following a substantial investment in our French operations. Strategically located to serve customers across the Great West region including the cities of Brest, Rennes, Le Mans and Angers, our latest property demonstrates the exceptional growth we have enjoyed in the country since opening our first depot there in 2012.

In recent years, demand for our full range of products and services in and around Nantes has grown considerably. By opening a depot here – our sixth in France – we will be perfectly positioned to reach customers more quickly, with a local presence ensuring that emergency response times are dramatically reduced going forward.

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Your air conditioning hire has been safeguarded – here’s how

Following the latest advice from HVAC authorities and industry professionals, Andrews Sykes has taken steps to safeguard our customers and ensure our air conditioning hire operations are Covid-19 secure. Whilst it is extremely unlikely that an air conditioning or ventilation system will facilitate the spread of coronavirus, we have implemented a number of initiatives in order to give our customers the confidence and security they need to provide their staff with a safe environment to work in.

Leading HVAC bodies have highlighted several factors that can be addressed to reduce the likelihood of the coronavirus spreading within your building.

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Emergency boiler hire provides safe showering facilities at Nightingale hospital

Before the former Manchester Central railway station could open its doors as a functioning temporary field hospital, a solution was required to ensure that shower areas were ready for staff to use. The multi-purpose G-MEX convention complex was quickly converted into a 650-bed medical facility following various interior modifications that were essential in order for this to happen.

Prior to the hospital admitting its first patient, healthcare authorities stressed the importance of nurses, doctors and other professionals having constant access to a safe environment to wash. Our client was keen to find a reliable source of hot water to supply a 60-shower block, which could be operational within a short space of time. They called on us to provide a solution without disturbing contractors overseeing other parts of the fit-out.

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Proud to support the NHS

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, as the world struggles to prevent the loss of life, support health services and stabilise economies. In the UK, an inevitable rise of confirmed cases has led to huge numbers being admitted to hospitals, putting unfathomable pressure on our overburdened NHS. It has been truly humbling to witness the lengths our incredible frontline workers have gone to during these difficult times, with their selfless acts rightly commended nationally by the tens of millions of people who are grateful for their tireless contributions.

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Andrews Sykes helps convert former Ford factory into temporary hospital

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a 1950s industrial unit and former car factory in South Wales was transformed into a field hospital as part of a countrywide effort to overcome the virus. The 11,000 square metre site is now a renowned film studio and has undergone a drastic overhaul thanks to Swansea City Council’s collaborative work with various contractors.

Creating space for more than 1,300 beds over a two-phase project, the hospital is now fully operational and may potentially be used even after the effects of coronavirus have subsided. With this likelihood in mind, we were approached by the construction manager and asked to supply hired cooling and heating solutions to ensure that multi-seasonal climate control was available prior to opening.

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NHS tops ‘cool’ list according to British adults

The NHS, space travel and Concorde are perceived to be the ‘coolest’ things in the world, according to a poll of 2,000 British adults.

iPhones, astronauts, and vinyl records also ranked highly, along with E-Type Jaguars, the Japanese bullet train and dinosaurs.

And when it comes to the coolest people, James Bond was the top choice, despite being a fictional character.

He featured higher in the list than former US president Barack Obama, heart throb Tom Hardy, icon Steve McQueen and all-round smoothie, Idris Elba.

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Our new website is now up and running!

We are excited to introduce our new website, which has been designed to improve customer experiences by simplifying navigational processes to help visitors find the information they are looking for more quickly.

Our decision to upgrade and modernise was driven by a desire to make our website more user-friendly, with a particular focus on enhancing its appearance and responsiveness.

The inclusion of a sophisticated search functionality directs customers to browse based on their required product, industry and location, providing instant and relevant results tailored to each individual request.

We have made significant changes to the way in which information is presented, with textual content concisely broken down to ensure it is easy to understand and absorb.

Engaging visuals, videos and photography complement written material to give each page an orderly and uncluttered feel, providing users with a more serene experience when using our website. The use of strong images also allows customers to ascertain whether they have found whatever they are looking for at a glance, negating the need to scan text that might not be applicable to them.

Special attention has been paid to boosting the responsiveness of our website and ensuring that pages load quickly across all devices. Each page automatically scales its content and features to match the screen size of the platform in which it is being viewed – whether that be on a desktop, mobile phone or tablet. read more

New corporate video added to our website

We are happy to introduce a short video that gives our customers a greater insight into the scale of the company’s operationality, our impressive heritage and the industries in which we work. The production gives viewers a brief overview of the Andrews Sykes Group and references our many locations across Europe and the Middle East. read more

Air conditioning hire safeguards BT exchanges at Old Street site

Andrews Air Conditioning was approached by BT after fears that a major telephone exchange was a risk of overheating. It was reported by the customer that their existing cooling system struggles to perform at full capacity once ambient temperatures exceed 28⁰C. They were looking to preserve telecommunications services from their site located at Old Street, which acts as a focal point for BT’s exchanges serving London.

With seasonal temperatures surpassing 30⁰C at the height of summer, BT requested a reliable temporary air conditioning hire to safeguard their network and protect exchange racks operated on behalf of other telecoms providers.

The potential for cooling requirements further afield prompted us to provide BT with approximately 20 PAC 22 split-type air conditioners, which were stationed at their London base. While a number of the units were needed to cool exchanges on site, BT’s Old Street exchange building was used as a centralised hub which allowed units to be retained until they were needed at their other premises around the country.

This arrangement ensured that a suitable air conditioning system could quickly be made available elsewhere should there be a requirement, with the units effectively stored until such time. The customer’s priority was to keep circuits, digital systems and switchboards online and uninterrupted to ensure all telecommunication services were upheld – and this was achieved without any issue. read more

Andrews Sykes helps CACT deliver food to vulnerable locals

In the build-up to Easter, we received a call from the Charlton Athletic Community Trust asking if we could assist them with one of their initiatives. As long-term partners of the Trust, we have worked together for many years on a range of projects aimed at supporting local people.

So, when Jason Morgan, CACT’s Chief Executive, explained that a vehicle was required for a food collection and delivery, we were only too happy to help.

The Trust is working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and its various partners to provide sustenance to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of eighteen pallets of food were collected from a local supermarket and delivered to Woolwich Common Community Centre – a process that took four trips.

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