Northern Irish dealer, Galgorm Group, has teamed up with Williams refrigeration to install the catering facilities forming part of the massive extension to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall conference and exhibition facilities.
The updated venue will cater for events of up to 1,500 people.
Galgorm’s Gary McMullan was project manager on the catering facilities installation. “This is a prestige site and, being so big, there were considerable design obstacles to overcome,” he said.
“When it came to catering equipment, we needed suppliers who could deliver quality and experience – on a project this size there’s no point in being penny wise and pound foolish.”
For the Waterfront’s refrigeration, the Ballymena-based dealer specified Williams. McMullan added: “We have a great working relationship with Williams and we know what you get. We’ve dealt with them on large coldroom projects for Hard Rock Café in both Brussels and Glasgow, as well as the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.”
At Waterfront, Williams supplied all the coldrooms, blast chillers, undercounter and upright refrigeration. “Everything has a superior build and installation quality,” said McMullan.
Sustainability is a key criteria within the Waterfront project, as is future-proofing equipment specification wherever possible, and many of the counters and cabinets supplied by Williams are hydrocarbon versions. Alongside its environmental benefits, using hydrocarbon refrigerant reduces energy consumption, due to its thermodynamic properties, and counts towards Waterfront Hall’s BREEAM credits.
Williams’ biscuit top units were supplied without a worktop, to fit under existing work surfaces. The manufacturer also supplied several reverse unit counters, which have the refrigeration system mounted to the right rather than the left, as is standard. The project called for very tight specifications on the bespoke coldroom suites, which include roll-in blast chillers, chilled plating rooms, a beverage room and general chilled and frozen storage.
They are spread over three floors and had to be installed into purpose-built insulated recesses. “Williams had to coordinate closely with the builder, not only to ensure the size and design of the coldrooms precisely matched the recesses on site, which covered huge areas, but also to take account of the insulated floors built below the rooms by the main contractor,” detailed McMullan. “This was the toughest part of the installation but, despite all the issues, everything worked out perfectly.
“In fact, the Williams installation team was fantastic. They were on site for 3 months and got on great with all the other tradesmen on site. It’s a real bonus to know you have subcontractors that can do the work without constant supervision… this adds real value, both for us and for the customer.”