Sodexo gallops ahead with critical refrigeration project at Ascot

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 17:  A general view of the Grandstand during the Royal Procession on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2014 in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

Catering giant Sodexo has overseen a large-scale project to upgrade the refrigeration estate that it uses to serve visitors at Royal Ascot.

The company commissioned the refurbishment of various cold rooms at the famous racecourse in order to ensure the systems can handle the key events that it caters for throughout the year.

It employed the services of Cold Store Rentals to upgrade the main chiller and beer keg cold room with new Colsec panels and replace and upgrade existing refrigeration plant equipment during installation, to make all the systems run more efficiently.

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The installation served as not only a vital upgrade, but also provided more space and capacity for the storage of cold food and beverages.

Cold Store Rentals’ sister company, Ice House Hire, which provides an annual contract for 86 temporary cold rooms at Ascot during the important race weeks in the summer, also provided additional labour during the refurbishment period.

Ryan Underhill, general manager at Sodexo, said: “The chiller needed to be completed within a certain timeframe before key calendar events, and it had to provide us with the exact temperature specification we needed to make our job as easy as possible when catering to such large numbers of people.”

The installation is part of ongoing work at Ascot. Cold Store Rentals last year worked on three kitchen extensions, and has already done three again this year.

Simon Clayton, logistics manager at Sodexo, said he was satisfied with the installation and service offered by Cold Store Rentals. “For example, when the chiller unexpected broke down on the Friday before a big event, the team had the issue addressed and fixed by Friday afternoon, and everything went ahead smoothly and as planned,” he said.

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