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Aqua Gains SafeContractor Accreditation

Aqua Heating Hire has received accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in the workplace for health and safety.

The leading third-party Alcumus SafeContractor accreditation scheme is designed to recognise highly rigorous standards within health and safety management amongst contractors. Thousands of companies use the scheme in the UK, including SMEs as well as FTSE 100 companies.

For Aqua Hire, the SafeContractor accreditation demonstrates its ongoing commitment to safety, and illustrates that a set standard is achieved across the business. Aqua already have CHAS (Contractor’s Health and Safety Scheme) accreditation and employees undertake CDM (Construction and Design Management) training.

Shaun Tribbeck, Aqua’s Quality, Health & Safety Manager explains: “This latest accreditation gives a stamp of approval from Alcumus SafeContractor that our operations are running safely and smoothly across the business. It is only given to companies that pass an audited process on health and safety, property safety and risk management”.

This latest accreditation gives further peace of mind to clients of how highly regarded safety is when Aqua’s engineers are attending and working on their sites and amongst their own employees and other contractors. Aqua’s Managing Director, Kevin Lancaster, explains: “Health and safety is something we take extremely seriously at Aqua Cooling, and we’re delighted to be able to demonstrate to our customers that they can put their total trust in us and the way that we operate.”

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Putting Hire To The Test

For many our clients, our Hire service is key in helping them with manufacturing trials, load evaluations and product or equipment testing. By Hiring there’s no need for any capital outlay or up-front investment and the equipment you need is available for exactly when you need it. Hire has many other advantages, including 24/7 service support backup and access to the very latest products and cooling technology.

At Aqua Hire we have clients in the oil, gas and defence industries who regularly use our chiller hire solutions for equipment trials. For example, we recently supplied a 150kW air blast cooler for testing purposes. The air blast was used to transfer waste heat which was being generated by a high-tech compressor. Equally, for clients running R&D trials on a new manufacturing process or wanting to carry out load evaluation tests, Hire is a cost effective and efficient option.

Our minimum Hire period starts at just 1 week, and our Hire agreements are very flexible. Our team are on hand to help with equipment selection and are experienced across a wide range of industries. For further information call Aqua Hire today.

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Aqua Help With J-Lay Project

Aqua Hire have supplied a Chiller Hire unit which has been used in a huge engineering project at Port of Blyth in the North East of England.

The project has resulted in the creation of a 2,500-tonne offshore gas and oil pipe laying system, one of the largest in the world. Commonly referred to as the J-Lay System, the 80-metre mega structure has been constructed and tested at the Port’s South Harbour terminal.

Initially everything surrounding the build was very hush hush, but the project has been turning heads locally over recent months as huge futuristic pieces of equipment have been arriving on site.

Aqua Hire supplied a 300kW chiller from its hire fleet which was used in a hydraulic cooling application during the project’s testing phase.

In very simple terms, the project consists of a giant cable laying machine which is situated on a ship. When the machine is laying the cabling under the sea, to stop it the operators must, quite literally, put the brakes on. Because of the size of the machinery, the heat load then generated is immense, which is where the chiller comes into its own in dissipating the heat.

With years of ship building heritage behind it, the Port of Blyth has redeveloped itself over the years into a recognised offshore energy base. The J-Lay will be deployed around the world longer term as part of a large deep-sea offshore construction vessel.

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Put Cooling Hire Top Of Your Christmas List

It’s synonymous with festive tradition and, with 10 million consumed last year alone, it’s no surprise that turkey farming is a huge industry in the UK.

Yet, for farmers and processors, getting the perfect turkey ready for the big day can be a complex task, and one that Aqua Hire’s team are on standby to help with as seasonal preparations get underway.

After an intensive period of rearing, with Christmas Day on the horizon, turkeys will be hung, plucked, quality checked and then stored. Whether destined for the shelves of a supermarket chain or an independent butcher, millions of white, bronze and black turkeys will be winging their way, quite literally, to suppliers nationwide in the lead up to Christmas day.

Storage facilities will be at maximum capacity and producers are working to tight timescales, so it’s now that a Chiller Hire Temporary Cooling solution can take the heat off – quite literally.

By positioning a Hire Chiller outside a farm or storage building, contents can be kept at a consistent ambient temperature, avoiding the risk of any temperature fluctuations that would compromise the quality of the turkeys. In an increasingly competitive market, quality standards set by retailers and expected by consumers are extremely high, meaning turkey producers need to have real confidence in their temperature control systems.

Aqua Hire offer one of the most reliable and efficient close control solutions on the market. Our Hire units benefit from the latest in cooling technology and the minimum hire period starts at just one week.

All in all, this makes hire a very viable option for seasonal cooling requirements.

Our dedicated Hire team have worked with food producers and manufacturers on festive requirements nationwide, not only turkey farmers but vegetable processors and confectionery manufacturers alike.

For more information and free technical advice call the Aqua Hire team today on 0333 004 4433.

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Sports Centre Keeps Its Cool

When Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre needed to carry out routine maintenance on its comfort cooling system, Aqua Cooling Hire stepped in to keep things cool.

We provided a 200kW hire chiller for a period of four weeks while one of the centre’s own units was being replaced. The system ran at temperatures of between 7°C and 12°C, keeping the facility’s ambient temperature comfortable for visitors and staff alike.

System failure or breakdown can result in an emergency scenario requiring last-minute equipment hire delivered and installed at short notice. There is an alternative, however — pro-active businesses such as Bisham Abbey implement strategic maintenance plans to avoid the need for impromptu remedial work. By knowing in advance when equipment will be out of operation, replacement hire units can be allocated in advance then delivered and installed to plan when required, minimising potential disruption and allowing day-to-day business to carry on as normal.

Aqua Cooling offers a range of cooling, air con hire and heating equipment for hire, with chillers ranging from 10kW to more than 1000kW. Hire periods can be as short as just one week and clients are assured of a full back-up service provided by Aqua’s nationwide network of engineers.

The planned hire at Bisham Abbey was a great success — customers noticed no difference during their visits to the sports centre in Marlow. The chiller remained on-site and functioning while the centre’s new chiller was installed and tested, resulting in a seamless transition.

Bisham Abbey is one of Sport England’s three National Sports Centres and was once a royal home to King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Nowadays it plays host to several national governing bodies for a number of sports including the Lawn Tennis Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the British Olympics Association, and offers world-class facilities to elite athletes including the national canoeing, netball, and hockey teams.

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