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Kemp To Spearhead Watkins Hire's Scottish Expansion

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Temperature Control Hire specialist, Watkins Hire, has appointed Rob Kemp to the post of Specialist Hire Manager, Scotland, as part of the company's strategic expansion north of the border.

Rob Kemp joins Watkins Hire with more than 20 years experience gained with a competitor firm

Rob joins Watkins Hire with more than 20 years experience gained with a competitor firm and has been given a remit of growing the company's market share in Scotland, where Watkins Hire already has an established sales team. Amongst his first tasks will be to open Watkins' first ever depot in Falkirk, Scotland and his appointment is part of a major investment in the region, which also includes recruitment of further engineers to service Scottish customers.

Explains Watkins Hire managing director Mark Hills

“Our expansion in Scotland is part of a national strategic growth plan and Rob's appointment is central to building on our success in the region. He has an enviable track record in the specialist temperature control hire industry specilaising in chiller rental and hot water boiler hire and we are delighted to have attracted him to the company to take on this vital new role. His enthusiasm and knowledge will be a welcome addition to our existing resources north of the border, helping to underpin the service and expertise on which we have built our reputation.”

Rob will spearhead Watkins Hire sales, rental and customer service across the company's boiler rental, chiller hire, portable air conditioning hire and temporary heating portfolio and his remit includes serving existing customers as well as expanding the company's customer base in Scotland.

“I

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Emergency Chiller Hire Tests Contingency Plan

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Emergency Chiller Hire for process factory - a true test of a contingency plan

Watkins 500kw rental chiller running the process factory

As temperatures soared in southern England during late June, disaster struck when a food and beverage process factories installed low temperature chiller failed, from the clients perspective this was now an emergency chiller hire situation, it was now time to test for real the chiller failure contingency plan they had in place with Watkins Hire.

Watkins were called to supply a 500kw chiller capable of running at -10°C in 4 hours or less, as a result of the Watkins Hire Chiller hire contingency plan this was achieved with time to spare.

How Emergency Preparedness Works?

Watkins Hire will work with you to create your Temporary heating and cooling Contingency Plan. The goal of continuity planning is to minimise your downtime and reduce the risk of financial loss to your facility due to the loss of your chiller cooling system.

What Makes Us Right For You?

Watkins Hire recognises that buildings, companies and their clients, like people, are unique. So we adapt our skills to solve your specific property temperature control and climate control problems and deliver temporary boilers & temporary chillers, emergency cooling and temporary air conditioning hire solutions that truly meets your needs.

We have a nationwide team of industry experts and 148 years of experience to manage the temporary cooling systems & temporary heating systems at your facilities. Watkins Hire will provide your businesses and your clients and energy efficient and cost effective temperature and climate control for spaces large and small with our range of temporary Trane Chillers for Hire from 30kW to multi megawatt heat pump chiller rental units.

For a Heat

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Emergency Hot Water New Mobile 22kw HeatGEN Electric Boiler

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Hot Water on Demand Portable Water Heater

Watkins Hire lauch an new Emergency hot water, the new Mobile 22kw HeatGEN electric boiler hire product from Watkins Boiler Hire. The small compact reliable and powerful portable electric boiler is capable of delivering 22kW LPHW (Low Pressure Hot Water) of hot water and heating which delivers large volumes of hot water on demand.

Andy Ellis Specialist Temperature Control Director said

“It’s the perfect Emergency hot water electric water boiler hire unit,my 1st project with this mobile electric boiler was to dry out several newly laid floor screeds on multiple floors for an NHS hospital refurbishment project in Charlton. They are ideal as they went in the lift and only a 32amp electrical supply was required, within minutes of arriving on site systems were installed and operational.”

New Mobile 22kw HeatGEN electric boiler specification

The New Mobile 22kw HeatGEN electric boiler is available for hire or sale.

Product Specifications
Temp Range 0°/30° to 90°C Max
Normal Working Temp 85°C
Main Pump Yes
Expansion Vessel 10 Litre
Safety Valve Heating 3 bar
Protection Class IP 44
Power Supply 32 Amp 3 phase plug
Flexible Hoses 5m Flow and 5m Return Pipe
Dimensions (mm) L. 600 / D. 550 / H. 1100
Weight 50kg Empty

Watkins Boiler Hire has introduced this small but ultra mobile electric boiler to their fleet of rental hotwater boilers due to customer demand when they need Emergency hot water.

The new Emergency hot water 22kw portable electric boiler was designed and built by Watkins Boiler hire and runs on three phase electricity and is perfect for projects that need smaller temporary heating boilers such as underfloor heating and screed drying projects, event heating, event catering & Emergency and Disaster Relief Portable water heating.

The Emergency hot water 22kw electric heating boiler rental unit has already been used for, Under-floor Heating projects and

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Steve Platt Joins Watkins Hire Events - News

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Watkins Hire Events are delighted to announce the appointment Steve Platt

Steve has spent fifteen years in the Events temperature control & event power industry and is regarded as an events specialist. Steve has worked for Event temperature control & power companies including Verhoeven, Energyst and Acclimatise.

Following a brief period working in Australia Steve has joined Watkins Hire Events as Project Manager of their Events Heating Cooling and Power Division. Managing Director Mark Hills stated “I am very pleased that Steve has joined us. He is a very well respected individual throughout the events industry and has worked on many of Europe's largest events. As a leading force in events air conditioning, event heating and event power we are looking forward to expanding our services and product ranges and Steve's appointment is an important factor in our future growth strategy”.

Watkins Hire Events are the name behind the power and temperature management of many of Europe's highest profile large scale events, Sporting events, Festivals, Music Gigs, Product launches, TV shows, film productions and parties working behind the scenes. Our aim is to continue provide the events sector with short medium or long term Cooling, Heating, and temporary power solutions with a large range of purpose built products.

To Contact Steve Platt phone 07780 586558 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Alan Ferguson Leaves Competitor to Join Watkins Hire - News

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I have been with Watkins Hire for approximately 6 weeks and have already observed that the temperature control equipment is of a very high standard with some extremely innovative additions which are an absolute asset to our customers. With a Fuel Tank Telemetry System that offers Trouble Free Fuel Management by E Mail or SMS, and a Wireless Remote Thermostat that is truly remote up to 200 meters being just a few.

The new Indirect Heater hire range has been designed to a very high specification with no expense spared meaning that when I make a statement to my customers I am confident that what turns up to site will “do exactly what it says on the tin” be it there is no tin in the construction of these units.

This combined with the opportunity to spend time with my customer and not aiming to achieve call rate targets has meant that all of my customers quickly realise they can call me at any time, knowing they will receive my undivided attention, a comprehensive and detailed survey followed by a very competitive quotation. Normally, if required the same day.

I have found a new lease of life that has greatly improved my health in the very short time I have been here. Watkins Hire Limited is an Employer who fully understands the nature of the business and allows the sales team freedom of movement along with the opportunity to develop both their customers and themselves.

The Sales Team is the most experienced, professional and time served group, each specialising in their own product ranges, I have ever worked with. This is just one of the many reasons I know I have made the right decision in joining Watkins Hire.

With the

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Low Carbon Space Cooling - News

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Watkins Hire are a Leading temperature control rental company, after 149 years Watkins Hire continue to innovate, the latest innovation from Watkins Hire is their new mobile evaporative air cooler for Low carbon temporary cooling.

Many modern buildings require cooling either for the comfort of the occupants or to protect the processes or equipment they contain. There are three typical methods which can be employed to provide temporary space cooling these buildings; ventilation air handlers, evaporative cooling or a refrigeration based air conditioning system. The choice of system can have a dramatic effect on the total carbon emissions of the building due to their different electrical demands. See our Air Conditioning comparison table below to compare the features of Air Conditioning with Evaporative Cooling.

Ventilation Air handler systems can provide comfort cooling for most of the year. During prolonged periods of high temperatures they are unable to maintain internal temperatures below 25°C. Refrigeration based systems are effective but can be expensive to operate. Mobile Evaporative coolers, which can produce air consistently below 22°C in the UK climate, provides a temporary cooling solution which consumes only a fraction of the electricity.

For Low carbon cooling Mobile evaporative coolers typically consumes less than 15% of the electricity compared to the equivalent rated refrigeration based cooling system.

The latest building regulations have resulted in buildings which require less heating. The unintended consequence of this, in many instances the activities, heat generating equipment and number of occupants within the building now generate more heat than is required to maintain a comfortable temperature.

During the winter of 2008 Watkins Hire experienced many customers with buildings which required temporary air conditioning systems to operate during the winter! Electricity usage and the associated

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Emergency Temporary Heating for Superstore - News

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After receiving a call at 12.30pm on a Friday afternoon from a contractor enquiring about emergency heating Watkins Hires Business Development Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. arrived on site less than 1 hour later at a large superstore who’s heating system had broken down during refurbishment work, and if no solution could be found to heat the store that day then it would have to close costing the store significant amounts of lost income.

Jason was able to complete a free site survey and recommend our MH170 Mobile heater and 3000 litre fuel tank be used, a quotation was prepared and accepted whilst on site and people set to work to get the equipment to site and installed that evening.

IDF Heaters view from roof

MH170 heater at rear of store

600mm ducting taken to up to roof

80 metre ductwork run along roof

80 metre ductwork run along roof

Installation was not straight forward as the heat had to be ducted up the side of the store and along the roof of the building into the stores existing Air Handling unit heating system a total of approx 80 meters, this was done using Watkins Heater Hire high temperature ducting in 6 meter lengths which were coupled together then pulled up the side of the building and laid across the roof where temporary lighting had to be installed as it was well into the evening and was getting dark.

Watkins Hire were able to get heat into the store that evening only 7

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Marquee Heating and Cooling in Berkeley Square London - News

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Watkins Hire Events were asked by the event organisers to supply air conditioning and heating for a high profile ball in London's Berkeley Square.

Our Global Events Director – Steve Platt worked closely with the production team to ensure the 1000 VIP guests attending the End of Summer Ball would not be too hot or too cold everything was planned and Watkins Events utilised a heat pump so whatever the weather did the guests remained comfortable.

370-kw heat pump being delivered a 6am

370-kw heat pump @ Berkeley Square

View inside the marquee

Fan coils blended into the background

20 fan coils were used to cool the marquee

View of the outside of the marquee

Watkins Hire specialise in the control of temperature, creating the right atmosphere for your event, large or small, inside or out of doors ensuring your guests are comfortable.

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LTHW Heating Boiler Case Study - Heating Boiler Hire For Floor Drying

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Heating boiler hire project application

Building hand-over date falling behind due to high moisture content in the floor screed and associated slow drying caused by inclement weather conditions and building not being “air tight” resulting in ;-

  1. Floor screed too wet to lay new vinyl flooring though out new building of 3,500 m2.
  2. Delay (by M & E Contractor) of newly installed boiler & heating services not ready in time to assist drying.

(The client previously used Aggreko with IDF heaters with lots of ducting throughout building “which were expensive and took a very long time”).

Application requirement

Dry floor screed to four designated “phases” of the building each at different times and speeds to be in line with estimated floor layers work.

The Solution

Supply  two Watkins Hire MBR 250kw mobile boilers & GSM monitored 3000-litre fuel tanks c/w pipe work and appropriate tee manifolds to the designated newly installed under floor heating system.

Following the recent inclement weather conditions, Watkins Hire Ltd were asked to provide a solution to a major national building contractors problem of appropriately drying out 3,500 m2 of floor screed without causing any associated damage to the floor.

WHL past and current under floor heating projects offer their customers a “one stop” drying solution particularly where the new boiler plant has yet to be commissioned and newly laid flooring needs to be carefully dried.

Specialist hire director Andy Ellis visited the Basildon site and discussed the application with site Mangers Quantity Surveyor.

Andy's 23 year Temperature control hire application experience involving boilers and chillers helped advise the building contractors to utilise the existing under floor heating

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Chiller Hire Case Study - Watkins Hire has supplied temporary cooling temperature control solution to one of the midlands largest NHS Trusts

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The trust has an existing rooftop chiller that has failed and needed a quick solution to supply air conditioning to their Outpatients and Ear, Nose & Throat departments.

Watkins Hire Chiller Hire specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. carried out a detailed survey, he looked at the situation on site including transport access, available space for positioning equipment on the roof of the building, site power conditions, routes for chilled water pipe work, before leaving site he carefully measured the exact distances required for power cables, steelworks (to build a new base for positioning the equipment) and flexible pipe works. With his specialist knowledge Watkins Hire developed an engineered solution. The KwikCHILL 80 chiller was selected to match the cooling demand required for the separate areas and because the super quiet 54 db(A) Sound pressure level (10m) to ensure no disturbance to local residents as the building is on a main road in a housing estate.

The Facilities Manager said “Watkins Hire responded immediately to our enquiry, their specialist manager was on site within 2 hours, and offered a fast efficient cooling solution. The way in which Watkins Hire were going to run the project gave us complete satisfaction that we did not have to bring in any sub-contractors. The whole project from delivery, contract crane lift, on site works, electrical installation and commissioning of the system were all handled by the Watkins Hire project manager. They could also install at the weekend to prevent any disturbance to our day to day running of the hospital. Along with the fact that the chiller supplied was the most energy efficient from the alternatives the whole project sold itself”

The rental chiller was delivered on the Saturday by Watkins Hire own transport and the chiller hire unit was lifted onto the building using a

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LTHW Boiler Case Study - Temporary boiler for Hospital

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Watkins Hire has supplied a packaged plant room to one of the North East's largest primary health care trusts. The trust had a building on one of their sites that had the onsite boilers fail. This left the administration staff of the hospital without any heat for the foreseeable future.

Watkins Hire specialist hire manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. carried out a detailed building survey, he looked at the situation on site including transport access, available space for siting equipment, site power conditions, routes for flexible heating pipework. Chris ran through the whole project before leaving site so that the maintenance manager had a plan of Watkins Boiler Hire solution.

A HeatGEN MBR250 Packaged heating boiler plant room was selected to match the heating demand required for the building demand and because the efficiency (92%) offered the trust a cost saving on the fuel and the super quiet sound level (45 Dba@10m) ensured no disturbance to patients or staff.

The Facilities Manager said “Watkins Hire were on site within 2 hours of us placing the enquiry, their specialist sales manager completed his survey and had a solution to our problem whilst still in our office. When all of the options were considered we made the decision to place the contract with Watkins Hire. The operation of the packaged plant room left us with no hesitation that this was the right piece of equipment for the job. Along with the equipment being available and Watkins Hire offering a Web based fuel management service, it leaves us with piece of mind that the staff will have no complaints about being cold.”

The next day the packaged plant room delivered by Watkins Hire own transport and the hire unit along with the bunded fuel tank was sited outside the building, the MBR250 has a

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