4 October, 2011
WR Refrigeration has achieved top honours in a national UK awards for helping Waitrose improve the environmental performance of refrigeration systems in stores across the UK.
The company was presented with the Award for Environmental Collaboration of the Year alongside other project partners at the prestigious Cooling Industry Awards, held at The Hilton, Park Lane, London.
The award recognised WR Refrigeration's contribution to the retailer's pioneering refrigerant leak reduction programme, which has set a new benchmark for sustainable practice in the management of refrigeration systems in the food retail sector.
Mike Nicholas, managing director of WR Refrigeration, said: "The award reflects a lot of thoughtful and determined work by the WR team over an extended period of time, in a genuinely collaborative effort involving our customer and fellow suppliers.
"As a company, we believe in a zero-tolerance approach to refrigerant leakage. This starts with good design and engineering, followed by a consistent, high quality approach to installation, service and maintenance. It is a key area for the future, for both customers and the environment. WR has taken a leadership role in designing and implementing the new approach."
WR Refrigeration also received two Highly Commended Awards, one in the highly competitive Contractor of the Year category, and one for its work with Harrods and project partners in the upgrading and refurbishment of the refrigeration system at the retailer's world-famous flagship store in Knightsbridge.
This major project included the replacement of the existing refrigeration system serving Harrod's food hall with a state-of-the-art cooling system based on carbon dioxide refrigerant. The project had to be carried out while the store continued to operate, and required meticulous planning and execution.
In a high profile night for WR Refrigeration, which sponsors the event, Mike Nicholas presented the End User of the Year Award to Brian Churchyard of ASDA.
Mike Nicholas, Brian Churchyard and Russell Kane (host and comedian)
The cache of honours was completed by the company's Carley Gorman, based iin Leeds, who was a finalist in the RAC National Student of the Year Award.
Carley Gorman shown in the centre of the photograph