Sainsbury’s was one of the big winners at the tenth anniversary Cooling Awards on 24 September, in front of a crowd of 650 industry delegates.
The retailer picked up three awards, including the National Retailer of the Year, which it shared with Marks and Spencer, and Low Carbon Achievement.
There was also recognition of the achievements of UK refrigeration manager John Skelton, who was awarded the Gold Award for his contribution to the industry’s adoption of carbon dioxide as a refrigerant. Mr Skelton was described as having changed the landscape for the industry with
his ambitious drive to open 200 stores running on the refrigerant in five years.
Sainsbury’s also picked up an award for Refrigeration Innovation, thanks to its partnership with Carrier Transicold on the “world’s first carbon dioxide refrigeration truck”.
The prestigious RAC Contractor of the Year was won by Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, which is this year celebrating its 50th year of operation.
The Cooling judges said they were particularly impressed to see how the family firm has kept on evolving, to keep up with trends and to ensure that it was ‘doing the right thing’ outside of the supermarket sector.
One of the well-admired innovations was an ‘intelligent’ manifold, the iManifold, which enables engineers to monitor systems remotely and to create a range of system calculations using a dedicated app.
The End User (non-Supermarket) of the Year Award went to Heineken, in recognition of its efforts to reduce carbon across its beer fridges and its invention of a new beer delivery system.
The Fred Jamieson Award for Industry Achievement proved a popular accolade, being awarded in memory of the late Eddie Gittoes, who had done much for refrigeration innovation through his company Arctic Circle. Described as ‘one of the industry greats’ by award judge Nick Jamieson, Mr Gittoes also did much to nurture emerging engineering talent.
The RAC National Student of the Year was won by Lyell Perks of Star Refrigeration, who was commended by the judges for his broad range of skills and was described as “a potential industry leader”.
Among the top projects awarded was the Kingston Heights development that features heat pumps which use the River Thames as a heat source; the Angel Square Co-operative store, which won the inaugural Convenience Store Project of the Year; and the Connell’s estate agency national R22 replacement project.