Planned Maintenance Solution for Student Housing

The Client –

Student Accommodation Provider, Central London

The Challenge –

Hall Of Residence Boiler House Maintenance

The Solution –

Planned Maintenance Solution – Short-term Boiler Hire

Whilst the summer months are an opportunity for students to take a break from their studies, it’s a busy period for accommodation providers who use the time whilst their properties are unoccupied to carry out repairs and maintenance work in readiness for the start of the new academic year.

For a client running a private hall of residence in Central London, they needed to use this time to undertake essential work to their property’s boiler system. All the flues within the on-site boiler room needing replacing, meaning a temporary boiler was needed for a short time to take the load whilst the existing set up was out of action. Additionally, time was of the essence as everything needed to be back up and running for when the students return to site for the start of the Autumn term.

Aqua supplied a 300kW oil fired boiler to site, carrying out the installation and commissioning, as well as providing fuel and ensuring the equipment was off loaded from site as soon as it was redundant.

Our hire solution included:

  • 300kW oil fired boiler
  • 300 litre fuel tank & red diesel fuel supply
  • Hosing, fencing, scaffold walkway and all other ancillaries

“Timing was key to this project”, explains Aqua Hire Sales Engineer, Jack Crawford. “Our client had a specific window in which to get this work concluded and the site back to normal for incoming tenants. Whilst the job itself wasn’t complicated, we needed to make sure the right people were on site at the right time so that things ran smoothly and the project was kept on track right the way through.”

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Aqua Takes the Heat Off Chemical Giant

The Client –

UK Manufacturing Facility – Global Chemical Client

The Challenge –

Excess Process Heat Management

The Solution –

Temporary Supplementary Chiller System

An increase in temperature and that first glimmer of sunshine each year are normally the first signs that summer is on its way. Whilst this is very much welcomed by the majority, it can herald the arrival of a whole new set of challenges as a UK manufacturing client discovered.

The client, a global chemical processor, uses a cooling tower-based system to provide process cooling at their UK production facility. This works extremely effectively and efficiently for most of the year, but as ambient temperatures rise during the summer months the system struggled to cool to set point due to this increase in the wet bulb temperature (the wet bulb being the temperature whilst taking into account evaporation).

To overcome the problem and ensure manufacturing could continue seamlessly, Aqua Hire installed a temporary chiller-based cooling system. By supplementing the existing cooling tower set up with over 2MW of mechanical cooling, continuous operation is assured all summer long.

The full solution included:

  • 3 x 750kW chillers
  • Site survey & system design
  • Bauer hosing & all necessary connections
  • Delivery, installation & commissioning

“This particular site gains all the efficiency benefits a cooling tower system brings but it just needs additional support during the summer months” explains Hire Sales Engineer, Jack Crawford. “A temporary hire solution is ideal because the client just pays for the additional capacity they need, exactly when they need it so it’s a very cost-effective option for them. They now have total peace of mind regardless of what the weather brings!”


Fighting Back!

Aqua Hire are on the frontline, helping critical sector clients fight back against the current COVID-19 crisis.

This last week has seen our teams busier than ever, on-site helping hospitals, supermarkets, food processors and storage facilities with temperature control solutions to help them cope with these unprecedented circumstances.

Our Engineers installed a temporary 100kW boiler to a South London based food superstore after their in-house system failed leaving them without hot water. As well as being critical for staff hygiene and comfort, hot water is critical to keeping the store’s cleaning and maintenance facilities operating. Within a few hours of taking the call, Aqua Hire Engineers were on site and had the food store back up and running the same day.

We also supplied, delivered and installed a hire boiler to a busy city hospital, a 300kW chiller to another main hospital for their welfare facilities, and a chiller combined with an air handler for a hospital mortuary application. In addition, we supplied cooling equipment to a medical storage company. Their facility has a larger than normal level of medical stock on site now, due to the COVID-19 response, meaning they urgently needed extra cooling to keep the medicine safely stored.

“It’s been a crazy week”, explains Sales Engineer, Jack Crawford. “However, myself & the team are committed to supporting key sector customers during this uncertain and challenging time. We can offer rapid turnaround of kit, ideal for these urgent requirements and we’ll do whatever it takes to help.”


Hire Solution Keeps Leisure Centre Afloat After Vandalism

The Client –

FM Client, North Of England

The Challenge –

Vandalised Boiler At Local Leisure Centre

The Solution –

Emergency Response, Replacement Temporary Boiler

A local authority run leisure centre was plunged into chaos when vandals targeted the site’s industrial boiler. The boiler was left inoperable, needing considerable repairs and the day to day operation of the leisure complex was at risk.

Without being able to heat the pool and shower area adequately, and the ambient temperature of the whole building dropping, the comfort of customers and staff was in jeopardy, which could have a serious financial impact on the business overall.

Aqua Hire were approached by the facility management company operating the site, and from the outset it was clear time was of the essence. The team responded swiftly, delivering a 600kW boiler hire unit, along with all necessary ancillaries such as hoses, fittings etc to ensure installation was quick and operational disruption could be kept to an absolute minimum.

The full hire solution included:

  • 600kW boiler on a fully flexible hire agreement
  • Hose, fittings, cabling and pipework – everything necessary for a quick install once on site

“This is a prime example of when emergency hire really comes into its own” explains Aqua Hire Sales Engineer, Jack Crawford. “No one plans to be the victim of vandalism, and for us the focus needed to be on working with our client to ensure further disruption was kept to a minimum for the end user. Without heating to their pool and building, their whole business was impacted, so prompt delivery and install were key. Aqua benefit from a nationwide hire fleet, allowing us to be on site quickly, across the UK.”

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Aqua Hire Gets Top Marks On Uni Project

The Client –

University In The South Of England

The Challenge –

Existing Air Con Chiller Being Replaced

The Solution –

Medium Term Planned Maintenance Solution

The Aqua Hire team stepped in with a complete planned maintenance solution for a university who needed to keep their air conditioning system running whilst their existing air conditioning chiller was being replaced. Without a temporary replacement the campus faced being without air conditioning across the classrooms and laboratories of their medical facility.

When choosing their preferred supplier, our client was focussed on finding a hire company that could manage the complete project from start to finish. Aqua Hire’s proven ability to take a project from initial design stage to final installation made us the obvious choice.

From a cooling capacity point of view, the project required a 350kW chiller. However, because students would be studying in classrooms near to where the temporary chiller would be sited, noise attenuation was key. Our design engineers therefore chose a chiller unit with a low turn down of fans and compressors – by 10% – and then incorporated fencing with sound curtaining into the design to reduce noise further.

When it came to installation our engineers took a power supply from the campus’ main distribution board to enable the power supply to the existing chiller to be used on the temporary unit. They also modified the existing pipework to connect the rental chiller. Both the existing building system water – and the temporary system water – had glycol added to give frost protection over the winter months.

The full solution included:

  • Bespoke design
  • 350kW chiller unit – to low noise specification
  • Electrical and mechanical works
  • Project management from start to finish
  • Ancillaries – including additional hoses and cabling
  • HIAB delivery

“This project is a great example of how we believe we really set ourselves apart from others within the rental market” explains Ed Gale, Sales Manager for Aqua Hire. “Our service offering isn’t just about dropping rental kit to site, we pride ourselves on offering a complete solution and the best level of customer service. We work with our customers to establish exactly what they need, whether that’s a rapid emergency response or a long- term lease hire approach.”