A team of ACE engineers are continuing work on site fulfilling the refrigeration contract for the new national centre for the Scottish Blood Transfusion Centre at Heriot Watt Research Park in Edinburgh.
The new facility will be a hub for processing, testing, supply, research and development for blood and human donor tissues and cells, and will consolidate and modernise services which are currently carried out over a number of sites.
We assisted the main contractor Interserve Kajima with their winning bid and arrived on site towards the end of 2015.
The finished project is expected to open in mid-2017 when more than 400 staff will move to the new centre.
ACE Refrigeration has a long-standing relationship with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.
In 2002 we were responsible for the air conditioning and refrigeration installations at the West of Scotland Blood Transfusion Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.
Our advanced indemnified design allowing for the accurate and automated means for monitoring and mapping temperature in blood storage and blood processing areas was pivotal in ACE Refrigeration securing that contract for 33 refrigeration and air conditioning installations including 14 cold rooms, freezer rooms and an incubation room.
The requirement for refrigerated storage comprised of eight +4°C rooms, four -30°C rooms with -20°C ante rooms and two -40°C rooms with -20°C ante rooms. Given the delicate nature of the blood products stored here, temperature control was paramount so the design incorporated security of operation with 100% standby plant.
During those 14 years we have continually serviced and maintained the refrigeration plant, the result being only one compressor failure out of the 33 separate systems installed.