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ACE Refrigeration chills Glasgow hospital

A Glasgow-based refrigeration specialist has helped Scottish hospitals meet the demands of their hungry patients.

 ACE Refrigeration has helped Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) and Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) cope with increased catering demands after creating and installing state of the art refrigeration facilities at the Greenock and Paisley premises.

The company provided the IRH and RAH with a cooking and freeze production facility, working directly with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and BAM Construction.

The facilities enable the catering teams at IRH and RAH to produce in excess of 4,000 meals per day and meet patients’ catering requirements for the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.  The state of the art sites have helped GGC centralise its production, reaping large economies of scale, saving money and increasing the quality and consistency of the food created.

The Paisley equipment includes seven chill rooms, seven freezer rooms, four rolling blast freezers and three chilled production rooms and the facilities have a combined floor space of 1200 cubic metres.

Both jobs were completed on schedule. 

Shane McKenzie, sales director of ACE Refrigeration, said: “When we were asked to undertake the work, we knew that it was going to be a big job.”

“In order to produce more than 4,000 meals a day, facilities like Inverclyde Royal Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital require robust refrigeration equipment because a hospital never sleeps.”

“Staff, patients, visitors you name it, they need looked after, which is why it was crucial for us to finish both jobs on time.”

“We had to import the blast freezers from Italy. The blast freezer we needed had to be able to produce 500 kilograms of frozen produce on two trolleys per hour, which not a lot of other manufacturers could match up to. The Italian equipment meant that we got the best value for money and production efficiency for the sites.”

ACE Refrigeration used custom-manufactured equipment to suit the bespoke requirements of IRH and RAH, such as the three specially manufactured compressor packs installed in the Greenock’s site basement, the design of which ensured the maximum possible reduction in power usage.

This reduced consumption was achieved using inverter controlled packs, each of which utilised proportional trade logic where the output adapts to meet demand perfectly leading to an increase in operating efficiency.

David Macdonald, facilities manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The experience brought by ACE Refrigeration was invaluable to the design of the facilities and they met our exact needs.

“They really are the specialists in the area and worked closely with us throughout the entire build to ensure we got what we wanted.”

In addition to the newly installed refrigeration element of the project the sites now include a heat exchange facility which provides the hospitals with free hot water to run the heating systems, drastically cutting running costs.

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