Services: Refrigeration Plant Renewal
Bidfood is one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK, supplying the catering industry with a wide range of food, drinks and catering supplies. At their Basingstoke depot, Bidfood were facing rising costs of refrigerant R404a for their aging plant which services their freezer cold room.
Bidfood’s brief had three key requirements:
The project was carried out while the UK was experiencing unusually high temperatures, and with our precision approach to planning and delivery, Bidfood experienced zero disruption to their extremely busy warehouse operation.
We installed a transcritical CO₂ refrigeration system, an externally packaged unit designed and built to withstand the elements. With its compact footprint, this unit made best use of the available space while providing optimum cooling capacity.
This was linked to four evaporators, which were replaced in phases so that Bidfood’s freezer coldroom remained operational throughout the installation. We also installed an RDM data manager touch display which provides performance monitoring and system remote access. It was linked to incorporate the other existing cooling systems, thereby facilitating monitoring capabilities across their estate.
R744, the natural refrigerant CO₂, was selected for Bidfood’s depot, chosen for its:
The project was completed during one of the hottest summers on record, with much of the work taking place within the freezer itself which operated at -21C. Working at such an extreme temperature was challenging, with careful planning needed to complete the work on the support steels inside the freezer on time.
To avoid a costly shutdown or requirement of temporary equipment, the plant needed to be replaced in phases to ensure the continuous operation of the freezer. With temperatures outside consistently reaching 30C, it was essential that we executed the delivery of the installation with absolute precision, to avoid freezer goods being compromised.
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“Space Engineering delivered us a first class one stop solution from design to install and final commissioning during what was one of the hottest years on record with zero disruption of our extremely busy warehouse operation.”
Kevin Kinghorn, Regional Facilities Manager, Bidfood