CHR Equipment has complete a project to outfit Leeds Postal Service, a bar that draws on Leeds’ history and brings it up to date.
The interior has been designed to recreate the look and feel combining authentic period furniture alongside carefully chosen modern equipment.
The bar’s creative director Barry Darnell explained: “The main postal sorting office used to be on this site, until it closed down in the 80s. We wanted to capture a little slice of that history, creating the idea that a small part of that old workplace survived to this day.”
Refrigeration plays a more central role at the bar than usual, and Darnell wanted something special for what the venue was planning. “You don’t normally think about the fridges when you come to a bar, or even see them, but we knew we wanted to make a focal point out of them,” he said.
One of the unusual features at Leeds Postal Service is that it is self-service. Customers can pick out their choice of craft beers from the refrigerators.
In collaboration with project managers W&D Studio and CHR, the bar considered its options. “Initially we were considering finding vintage American fridges, but W&D pointed out that servicing them would be a nightmare – even if we could locate spare parts. Then they told us about Retro Refrigeration from Precision, which was exactly what we were looking for.”
Precision’s Retro Refrigeration combines 50s styling with the latest technology. With electronic controls, sensors and zero ODP injected polyurethane insulation, it’s capable of operating in high ambient temperatures up to 43°.
Leeds Postal Service has the optional clear glass doors in order to showcase its range, but solid metal or ridged glass are also available. Interior LED lighting ensures the product is visible, while reducing energy use to a minimum.
The metal exterior is designed to be easy to clean, while the stainless steel interior and adjustable shelves allow for great flexibility. “It’s been very easy to use,” said Darnell. “The controls are simple to use, and it’s maintained its temperature perfectly.”
It’s also possible to customise Retro Refrigeration units by painting it to match the décor, by providing Precision with a RAL number. Darnell detailed: “We had our unit painted what I call Canteen Green. It’s a beautiful, light green. It looks very authentically 1960s, straight out of a school cafeteria.”
Toni Dixon of W&D Studio added: “The retro refrigerator was the perfect fit for the scheme, offering not just a great display for the off licence section of the bar, but also a focal point and a first impression of what the bar has to offer.”
Darnell added: “We couldn’t recommend Precision strongly enough. They’ve guided us through every step of the process, helping us pick exactly what we need, choosing the colour, delivered it exactly when they said they would – the service has been fantastic.
“Plus, it’s made in Britain. It’s great to see something of this quality made here, and it’s a good feeling supporting a local company.”