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Grace Foods partners with Aggreko for major cold room expansion

27 August 2015

Grace Foods UK has recently partnered with temporary power and temperature control specialist Aggreko to help manage a major cold room expansion at its UK and European distribution centre in Welwyn Garden City, near London.

The company, which is one of Europe's leading suppliers of world  foods, wanted to extend its freezing facility and relocate it to another area of the 120,000 sq ft site. While chillers, compressors and pipework were relocated from the existing cold storage area, it was critical to ensure that the ambient temperature of minus 25 degrees celsius was maintained to prevent current food stocks from thawing.

The most cost effective solution was to rent temporary chilling and power generation equipment. Grace Foods selected Aggreko, which could offer a rapid, one-stop service, backed by 24/7 on-call engineering support. 

Aggreko's specialist temperature control engineering team conducted a site survey to design a temporary scheme and specify equipment. This included two 750 kW chillers and one 500 kVA generator, plus a second 500 kVA generator for back-up power. The equipment was installed outside and cooling and power was fed via pipework into eight Aggreko low temperature air handler units - located in the cold room.

During the course of the four-week build and relocation programme, Aggreko kept tens of thousands of pounds of frozen food stock at the desired stable temperature, ensuring business continuity for Grace Foods. 

Dave Rusher, Facilities Manager for Grace Foods, said: "Aggreko's expertise and service was essential to the smooth completion of our project. Their one-stop-shop approach meant that I could focus on the new facility, safe in the knowledge that they were taking care of everything required to ensure existing food stock remained in peak condition. It is extremely difficult to maintain ambient low temperatures, so it was important to have Aggreko's engineers on 24-hour call. They were able to respond rapidly to any issues, whatever time of day or night."

Ben Robinson, Area Sales Manager for Aggreko UK Ltd, added: "By carefully planning its expansion and involving Aggreko at the earliest stage of designing and specifying the temporary cold room, Grace Foods was able to find the most effective and economic solution. Our engineers provided support throughout the contract, ensuring that no food was spoiled during the relocation and upgrade."

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