Cold Store – 500KW Rental for Large Chilled Dairy

The Challenge

One of our valued trade partners got in touch to discuss one of their critical cold store sites.

An aging cold storage, dairy warehouse chiller was becoming an issue. A contingency plan was carried out previous to the call, allowing us to take action quickly and efficiently. 

There was no immediate available budget for repair or replacement. Consequently, our client was tasked with getting the equipment through the next year before that capital became available.

Therefore, they suggested that Celsius Hire were called in to undertake cold store contingency plans. These were required for the three main warehouses on site. All three warehouses needed to be maintained at between 2-5°C, with similar cooling load requirements in each. The challenge involved specifying equipment and laying out installation plans. This was to ensure that if the plan was actioned, we were able to respond quickly. Most importantly, with up to £5m in stock in each warehouse at any given time, the warehouse temperature range was non-negotiable.

Cold Store

The Solution

A contingency plan site meeting was undertaken across all 3 warehouses on site. The meeting involved us, our trade client, and the engineering manager at the facility. During the site survey, locations were established outside each warehouse for the temporary chiller, tank and pump to be located. It was also established that there was not sufficient spare power available for the temporary systems. Therefore the footprint of a generator package, including fuel tank, distribution panels and cabling was also considered.

Each cold store warehouse needed 8 no. low temperature fan coils to be positioned inside the provide the cooling to the space. This was a challenging task as every bit of space within the warehouse was key for storage and operations. This had to happen as the temperature within the space was crucial. Support structures at height and locating equipment on racking was all discussed.

Once the internal location of fan coils was agreed, the hose route between inside and out was mapped out. This involved the client pre-drilling holes in the walls so this wouldn’t hold up the install should the hire be called upon.

Cold Store – Equipment on hire


500KW Chiller
– 8 x 50KW Low Temperature Fan Coil
– Pump 27-3.6
– 1000L Buffer Cube
– Generator and cabling package

The Result

One evening, the inevitable call was received from our trade partner. The temperatures within warehouse two were spiralling out of control due to failures of the equipment on site. Despite their best efforts to keep it running, the hire contingency plan needed to be actioned.

Celsius Hire were on site at the cold store the next day. The benefit of a pre-planned contingency plan upon arrival teams were able to understand layout and equipment. The client assisted with people and forklift truck drivers to assist with positioning the fan coils inside the warehouse. Above all, pre-planning allowed for a smooth, quick and easy install.

Throughout the day and into the evening, our engineers worked tirelessly to run in the pipework, cabling, fill the system with a glycol mix and commission. Therefore, as a result the next day temperatures within the warehouse were already down within range. Subsequently, the client commented that they were ‘better than in recent memory’.

Luis Santos, Director, commented;

“When there is such a high value of stock within a cold store, it is a no brainer to have a rental contingency plan in place. Without it, the first day would be spent on a site survey, agreeing on a solution and waiting for acceptance. Above all Celsius Hire completed the install providing a high level of expertise and effective solution to the client”


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