Star Refrigeration refurbs Ice Company coldstore

Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK: Star Refrigeration’s Leeds branch has replaced an unused cold store plant for Ice Co Storage and Logistics.

The site had originally belonged to the ice manufacturing branch of the business but was unused after expansion at other sites. Looking to lease the plant to a third party for refrigeration, storage and distribution purposes, the company invited Star to assess the costs of making it operational again.

“We saw a business opportunity in our unused cold store,” Paul Martin, managing director, the Ice Co Storage And Logistics saiid,

The plant required a controls upgrade, condenser replacement, and also a refrigerant conversion making comprehensive replacement the best option. The new plant took the form of two DX R449A condensing unit plants, both of which serve a single ceiling-mounted evaporator within the cold store. Both units operate at 36kW, which represents 65% of the maximum design duty, affording a solution which combines performance with resiliency.

Star took advantage of an existing concrete plinth situated at ground level directly behind the internal evaporators to install the condensing units, while two networks of interconnecting pipework were run up the outside of the building to reach the roof void above the evaporators. This achieved a practical solution which minimised installation time, expense and effort.

Star also prioritised energy-efficiency incorporating the same electronic expansion valves, EC condenser fans (known to reduce energy consumption by up to 20% on their own) and a skip-defrost function.

For the same price as a basic refurbishment and upgrade of the original R404A plant, the client obtained a complete replacement of the cold store, which now meets all current regulations, enjoys increased energy-efficiency and represents an additional avenue of revenue through a third-party lease, Star says.

“What’s more, the project included a comprehensive maintenance contract for the first 12 months of the plant’s operation, ensuring it’s not only a reliable and lucrative asset today, but safeguarded by Star’s ongoing relationship with the company for the future.”

For the same price as a basic refurbishment and upgrade of the original R404A plant, the client obtained a complete replacement of the cold store

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