Planning Change Ushers In Restaurant Refurbishment Challenge.

Planning Change Ushers In Restaurant Refurbishment Challenge

From the beginning of September 2020, changes to planning will see use classes A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services), A3 (restaurants) and B1 (offices) merged to create a new Class E. This will enable use of these spaces to be altered from one use to another or undergo change to multi-use venue without seeking consent from local authorities.

The simplification of planning creates several fascinating new opportunities. For pop-up and permanent restaurants, the opportunity is clear, especially for restaurant chains that have specialised in refurbishing existing High Street buildings. That said, the impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant sector cannot be discounted, so it remains to be seen how the demand for new restaurants in city centres will play out. There is strong evidence to suggest that ‘stay at home’ workers are now looking for more local venues to eat out, instead of opting for city centre locations which typically would have been a popular destination for commuting workers. This has the potential for rapid development of restaurants in more suburban locales where available properties have typically been former pubs. Pubs themselves remain exempt from these planning changes, and should a restaurant utilise one of these new spaces then it will require permission from local authorities to operate takeaways or to sell alcohol from the premises. Other locations could adopt a multi-use model, shifting from business space in the day to restaurant in the evening, or operating a full time mixed-business usage within a larger building.

These changes are seen as a key opportunity to revitalise the High Street, but the one thing we know well at Adveco is the potential complexity, and therefore hidden cost, of refurbishing a property when the site was not originally conceived as a restaurant. Landlords and new property owners need to recognise that heating and especially hot water are business critical functions, with suitable hot water storage needed to meet consistent and peak-hour demands. That water also must be supplied at a minimum of 60°C to ensure a hygienic cleaning of the environment, utensils and provide handwashing for both staff and customers.

Adveco has 50 years of experience delivering commercial heating and hot water refurbishment projects. We will size the needs of the premises, design a bespoke application, and supply the necessary system components, and ensure it is commissioned for use and serviced to manufacturer’s quality as part of the warranty.  You can discover more about our recent work refurbishing systems in listed buildings and our work for Five Guys revitalising building hot water systems throughout the UK. In all these cases, our customers are not only securing modern, highly efficient fit-for-purpose heating and hot water systems, they are also reducing their costs and either better controlling their carbon emissions or excising them with renewables for a more sustainable workplace.

HVR Awards finalist - sustainable product of the year: Heat recovery unit and commercial heating product of the year: MD boiler range.

Adveco named finalist in the 10th Anniversary Heating & Ventilation Review Awards

  • HR001 Heat Recovery Unit named finalist in Sustainable Product of the Year
  • MD Boiler Range named finalist in Commercial Heating Product of the Year

Adveco is proud to announce it has been named finalist in two categories in this, the tenth anniversary of the Heating & Ventilation Review (HVR) Awards.

The HVR Awards celebrate the products, brands, businesses and people that have led the way with their innovation and unrivalled levels of excellence, inducting them into the prestigious HVR Awards ‘Hall of Flame’.

Named finalist in the Sustainable Product of the Year category, the Adveco HR001 is a standalone Heat Recovery Unit providing a convenient, packaged unit to recover refrigerant system waste heat.

HR001 Heat Recovery UnitPerfect for commercial organisations that make use of large chiller or refrigeration technology as part of their day to day operations, such as restaurants and large scale catering facilities in hotels, schools or universities, and retailers holding frozen stock, the HR001 connects between fridge and freezer condenser units and a hot water installation. The HR001 utilises the waste heat generated by the compressor to indirectly pre-heat the incoming mains within a hot water installation and is capable of achieving temperatures as high as 50°C.

In the Commercial/Industrial Heating Product of the Year category, Adveco’s MD Boiler range, powered by Cosmogas, has also been named as a finalist.

The Adveco MD range of high-efficiency floor-standing condensing gas boilers units has been designed for commercial applications requiring consistent, very efficient and low emission heating for business-critical projects.

The range is composed of four boilers, with heat inputs from 70 to 280 kW and offers a heating temperature range of 20 – 80°C and is suitable for use with system pressures designed to provide a high capacity, reliable response to a building’s central heating demand.

Perfect for refurbishment of existing gas boiler systems where space is limited, the MD is also a core element of Adveco’s bespoke hybrid offerings to provide sustainable heating systems that can deliver the operational responsiveness required by larger-scale commercial systems.MD Boiler range

Adveco supplies MD boilers across a range of commercial sectors including hotels and leisure centres, restaurants, care estates, education estates, light industrial and government organisation facilities.

“As a proudly independent UK business with almost 50 years of heritage in the design, supply and servicing of business-critical systems we are extremely pleased to be recognised as finalists in this, the tenth anniversary year of the HVR Awards,”

said David O’Sullivan, managing director, Adveco.

“To have our expertise in sustainable systems for commercial heating highlighted in two awards feels like a win already. It’s a testament to our expert team who work so closely with our partners and customers to create and deliver bespoke applications for modern commercial operations. The MD boiler range and HR001 Heat Recovery Unit are both prime examples of this fantastic work.”

See all the 2019 finalists here.

 

Packaged plant room being installed (Prefabricated plant room).

Adopting a Streamlined Approach for Commercial Building Projects

As we fast approach the deadline for Brexit, the industry supporting the built environment, from construction to maintenance is braced for change. One key concern will be a widening skills gap, with the potential loss of skilled workers. Some have cited as many as one in five roles within construction alone will likely remain unfilled in the near to mid-term. In an industry that is already facing an engineering skills shortfall and interest in STEM subjects at schools struggling to gain the necessary traction to deliver enough apprentices and graduates to fulfil the industry’s future needs, practical responses are needed now to overcome threatened shortages of expert staff.

The other key post Brexit concern is undoubtedly the belief that costs will rise, at least initially, under new import tariff structures. Given that almost a quarter of parts and fixings used across built environment projects are currently sourced from the EU, there is bound to be an impact on a project’s bottom line.

So, the question is how can you mitigate costs on a project when faced with a loss of skilled onsite labour? One answer, and one that the Government supports, is the further development of offsite manufacture to streamline and modernise processes.

Offsite construction, or pre-fabrication, is a tried and tested way of bringing mechanical and electrical systems to a live construction site, countering the challenges of complexity, limited space, limited time and the need to work around other contractors. Under the post-Brexit scenario, offsite represents a practical way to address rising costs as well as a shortfall of experience on site.

Adveco has for many years specialised in the creation of bespoke systems and applications for the commercial built environment. It will size, design, and manufacture to order Packaged Plant Room enclosures suitable for placement beside or on top of buildings with a flat roof space. The plant room contains a variety of environmental systems for generating, managing and recovering energy for heating and domestic hot water (DHW) systems. With the increasing expectations on the built environment to be sustainable and show active efforts to reduce emissions during both construction and throughout the operational life of the building, offsite construction of low carbon power systems can be a particularly attractive response.

Manufacturing hot water, heating and low carbon systems away from the job in our purpose-built facility ensures improved production with optimal conditions provided for quality control and a reduction in wastage that can be found on a typical construction site.

Packaged plant room being lifted into position (Prefabricated plant room).Offsite construction, of course, makes things once on site much easier. When delivered to the project location, the plant room module can be easily sited, requiring just external pipework and final electrical connections to be completed. Those with the expertise to manage the final install are able to do so quickly and move onto other tasks more rapidly. Optimising the time of skilled workers accelerates project timelines which in turn can help offset other increasing costs that a project may now face.

Learn more about the advantages and the wide range of options available for creating a bespoke packaged plant room for your project in this helpful booklet (PDF).

Island Life Awaits

Mixed emotions as we bid a fond farewell to Chris and Natalie Howcroft, who after 40 combined years service at Adveco set off for a new life in the Greek Islands. They leave big shoes to fill in the engineering and service departments respectively.

Whilst Natalie’s heart is set on discovering the perfect Greek farmer’s cottage to renovate, Chris, as expected, has his eyes on a small boat and the potential for long peaceful hours of fishing!

 

 

 

 

 

Bon voyage and very best wishes for the future from the entire team.

Harnessing the power of off-site construction

Adveco’s Packaged Plant Room brochure explains the advantages of relocating essential heating and hot water services to increase the availability of valuable internal areas, accelerate project timescales, improve quality of installation and substantially reduce on-site labour.

With a wide product offering and experience in full system design, Adveco provides a single source of supply for the delivery of complete heating and hot water systems precisely tailored, built and delivered to fit the specific needs of your project.

You can download a digital copy of the new brochure here.

UK framework sets agenda for building and construction sector to police its carbon emissions

Despite the cited success of reduction of emissions in line with the Government’s Carbon Budgets, we are well aware that much of this success has come from easy wins, such as closing operations at coal-burning power stations. The final push to zero carbon by 2050 is the real challenge, as the gap between effort/expenditure and results narrows.

The clear agenda is to adhere to a course of action that curbs global greenhouse gas emissions so that temperature rise remains ideally below 1.5 degrees Celsius within the established timeframe.

To achieve a state of zero carbon emissions requires those with a significant role in global energy consumption and the associated emissions to come to a consensus agreement on tackling the issue. The building and construction sector is currently responsible for around 30% of global energy consumption, and here in the UK there is encouraging new action to drive an ambitious transformation of the industry with co-ordinated action towards delivering 100% net zero carbon buildings by 2050.

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has developed a framework definition for net zero carbon buildings to begin to provide direction for addressing whole life carbon in the industry and clarity on action to achieve net zero carbon across the UK built sector.

The first phase of this work has set the scope of the work required by the industry which can be accurately measured. The UKGBC has set out two clear approaches, net zero carbon construction, and net zero carbon operational energy. In the coming decade, the intent is to develop and ensure these approaches become enshrined within industry protocols.

To reduce construction impacts the framework proposes a whole life carbon assessment should be undertaken and disclosed for all construction projects to drive carbon reductions. The carbon impacts from the product and construction stages should be measured and then offset at practical completion.

To reduce operational energy use, the framework proposed reductions in energy demand and consumption be prioritised over all other measures. In-use energy consumption should be calculated and publicly disclosed on an annual basis with an increase in renewable energy supply and on-site renewable energy source prioritised. Off-site renewables should demonstrate additionality and any remaining carbon must be offset to achieve net zero using a recognised offsetting framework and the amount of offset used should be publicly disclosed.

The framework has been presented as a starting point, with the next ten years seeing the scope and ambition of the framework increased to encourage greater action.

In the short-term, additional requirements will be introduced to challenge the industry, including minimum energy efficiency targets and limits on the use of offsets.

In the longer term, the two approaches for construction and operational energy will be integrated into a broader approach for net zero whole life carbon, covering all of the emissions associated with the construction, operation, maintenance and demolition of a building.

Discover more at https://www.worldgbc.org

The Advantages of Packaged Plate Heat Exchangers

The Adveco PPN and PPS ranges are packaged plate heat exchanger systems designed to provide an instantaneous (PPN) or semi-storage (PPS) supply of domestic hot water to a commercial building.

Plate heat exchangers can be employed as a system break between old and new heating systems; used as a separation between systems due to pressure limitations or as an integration with renewables. Consisting of an alternating ‘sandwich’ of thin hollow metal sheets with passageways for different sources of liquid – for example, one with heating water and the other with DHW. The plates keep the fluids separated, and as it spreads across the planes of the adjacent plate heat is exchanged. PPN and PPS appliances support heat transfer capacities from 100 to 600 kW.

Constructed from gasketed stainless steel, Adveco Packaged Plate Heat Exchangers are supplied pre-assembled with pumps, pipework, controls, and valves on a metal skid base. This approach reduces design requirements and on-site assembly time for the M&E installer, supporting simple separation or pressure break systems, as well as systems with different temperature requirements between ‘side one’ and ‘side two’. The proven design guarantees a fast response to changes in the DHWS demand, plus accurate and close temperature control with easy to use purpose-built integrated controls.

Adveco Packaged Plate Heat Exchangers are compact, despite the extremely large surface area for heat exchange, so are easy to locate and access within the plant room for maintenance. Smooth surfaces with high turbulence created by the complex pattern of passageways within the plates help to also create a self-cleaning action for less fouling and scaling.

PPN Packaged Plate Heat Exchanger from Adveco - rear viewWater content is also low (so there is less water to treat periodically) and fast moving under pressure. With no static water bacterial growth within the plate system is virtually eliminated. The gasketed design means the system is also easy to disassemble to clean and maintain.

Critically, the gasketed design ensures there is no cross-contamination between the two fluids, so it is a perfect response when integrating new and old systems. By easily adding extra plates, a system can be expanded to meet the specific requirements of a project or application.

The Adveco PPN and PPS ranges are WRAS approved products that are suitable for use with DHW systems up to 99°C and 6-10 bar.

Discover more about Adveco’s Packaged Plate Heat Exchangers.

Reducing Energy Costs Through Cogeneration

Cogeneration utilises onsite production by a gas-powered engine to allow a building to generate electricity and recover energy from the process which can then be used for water heating or central heating. Download the 2019 brochure now and discover the advantages of Adveco’s TOTEM m-CHP and see how it can transform your next project…

 

Keith Day Adveco marathon run

Running Hot

“This is the biggest challenge I have set myself both mentally and physically but one I am now ready to tackle,” says Adveco’s Keith Day, who is in final preparation to run this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 28th April.

Keith was fortunate to secure a ballot place in 2018, but while training suffered a knee injury which resulted in having to defer his place to 2019. “After a year of physio, training and wanting to set my running kit on fire, I’m now in the final week of training and steaming towards the big day,” grins Keith.

This time a year ago Keith’s focus was to complete in a time around the four-hour mark, but 2019 is different: “This year my plan is to soak up the atmosphere, have fun, engage with the crowd and actually finish, whatever time that will be, while hopefully not ugly crying. “

Keith is running on behalf Basingstoke based St Michaels Hospice. The charity enables anyone faced with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers, to attain the highest possible quality of life by providing a choice of specialist care and support. “The work this charity carries out is outstanding,” says Keith, “It has always been my Charity of choice when it comes to fundraising.”

Adveco will be supporting Keith every gruelling mile. One thing we all know is that it takes real character to complete such a challenge. Character is the one Keith is certainly not lacking in.

If you care to join us in supporting Keith’s run and the work of St Michaels Hospice then please use this link and help Keith raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity…

TOTEM m-CHP site installation

Just Take The Stairs… Meeting the Challenge of Refurbishing an Existing Plant Room

Contracted by a London based customer to supply an improved replacement for a previous CHP system that had failed, Adveco was recently presented with the challenge of locating a new TOTEM micro-CHP system into the existing plant room which offered only step access, raised concrete room dividers and narrow routes of access due to the existing HVAC installation.

Fortunately, the compact form factor of the TOTEM T10, despite weighing in at 720 kilos, meant navigating tight spaces should be relatively easy. If needs be the entire unit can be stripped down into separate parts and then reassembled once moved to a new location, usually within a single working day. In this case, it became clear that a set of temporary timber ramps and supported bridges would suffice. With these built on location by Adveco’s engineering team, it was a simple and amazingly fast operation to bring the TOTEM onto site for installation and commissioning by the team.

Adveco’s specialist team of engineers navigated the issues of the site for a flawless install, and the customer can now take full advantage of cogenerated electricity and recovered heat from the unit to make considerable operational savings and guarantee accurately modelled return on investment.

TOTEM m-CHP installed location, refurbishing an existing plant room.With Adveco providing remote monitoring, service and maintenance call out for the TOTEM, the new m-CHP will continue to provide energy and heat for years to come. With assured quality of performance from Adveco, the TOTEM T10 delivers a refurbishment investment that comes with peace of mind for the customer, alongside all the advantages of a resilient, onsite source of power and heating whenever there is demand.

Watch the video of the delivery and locating of the m-CHP for installation by Adveco.