Commercial refrigeration specified and installed at the iconic new Mondrian Hotel on the Southbank has contributed to the venue securing highly under the building industry’s top environmental methodology.
The Mondrian was constructed under BREEAM guidelines, so cabinets and counters were provided by Williams Refrigeration with R290 hydrocarbon refrigeration.
“Hydrocarbon refrigeration has a Global-Warming Potential of 5 and we believe that this will be the refrigeration of choice going forward,” says Williams’ sales and marketing director Malcolm Harling. “They gained four credits from us supplying hydrocarbon refrigerant cabinets, so that was a tick in the box for us and a tick in the box for the contractor and the designer.”
The Williams refrigeration at the Mondrian, which is owned by Morgans Hotel Group, has a variety of ‘green’ features, with all the standard counters and cabinets running on hydrocarbon. This refrigerant, which has low GWP and zero ODP, has excellent thermodynamic properties, maximising energy efficiency. All the units are below the 150g charge of hydrocarbon threshold, ensuring safety and removing the need for site inspections, according to the manufacturer.
Additional energy-saving features range from high performance insulation to CoolSmart intelligent controllers. These minimise a cabinet’s energy consumption, through processes such as fan and heater pulsing, intelligent defrost and independent management of evaporator and condenser fans. T
he counter refrigerators supplied included a mix of Jade and Amber one-, two- and three-door units, with a variety of special options including glass doors, left-hand opening doors, drawers and ‘biscuit top’ models that fit under the worktop. Williams also supplied a WBC40 reach-in blast chiller to allow for rapid chilling of cooked food. Its ‘AirSmart’ advanced air flow eliminates product dehydration and ensures food is maintained in the best possible condition.