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Why Should You Trust Aqua Cooling for Your Temperature Control Hire Solutions?

At Aqua Cooling, our belief is that you, as our customer, should get the same level of support no matter if you are purchasing or renting your temperature control equipment.


Our core values are what make us who we are – the leaders in our industry! These values are technical excellence, care, and a ‘can-do’ attitude. No matter what you require, we can get you the solution that you need efficiently.


Aqua Cooling offers nationwide coverage and 24/7 support 365 days of the year. Hiring from us means that you’ll have complete support. We have helped with over 10,000 projects across many industry sectors, and we consider each challenge that we are faced with in relation to each customer. We’ve spent 20 years as cooling specialists – therefore you should trust Aqua Cooling with your temperature control solutions:


Our Equipment:


We are stocked with a wide range of hire equipment; we can provide you with exactly what you need for your specific application, from chillers, air handlers, and boilers right through to portable air-con and heating units. Our equipment uses the latest temperature control technology to guarantee efficiency and reliability. We also offer non-ferrous, low temperature chillers, and the option of free cooling (which saves you energy and money).

We are also the first UK company to include adiabatic coolers within our fleet!


As well as being key in an emergency scenario there are lots of other ways in which renting your temperature control equipment can pay dividends.  Seasons and seasonality impact production dramatically for a lot of businesses. That’s where we can help! Renting your equipment allows production levels to be ramped up & down without needing to invest in fixed equipment. If you’re working on a planned maintenance project, a hire unit can help you keep up & running whilst work is carried out. For some customers, long term hire has lots of benefits, including preserving CapEx and helping with budgeting. After all, lots of businesses rent their company cars and other assets – so why not your temperature control equipment?



Our Engineers


We’ll only send fully qualified engineers to the site and they’ll fully familiar with working in accordance with all RAMS and site-specific H&S conditions.


All our engineers are F-Gas qualified for cooling application and/or registered Gas Safe for any gas-specific work. They’re also CDM compliant (Construction Design and Management Regulations)


We are completely dedicated to giving you the best rental solution by providing you with a free site visit and a technical assessment, we’ll make sure you get the hire solution that you need for your business, not just what we have left in stock! We can even design a bespoke system if needed.


Delivery and Installation


Once the equipment & installation have been agreed upon, work is only carried out with your prior agreement. We will never expect you to position your own kit. Our team will take care of it for you – there are no curbside deliveries with us!


Our 24/7 delivery service is also fully tracked and timed.


We offer same day delivery too!


Ready to Hire Your Equipment?


As a company, we have been a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, so you can be sure that you are investing your trust in the right temperature control solution provider. We can assist with any hire requirement you have, whether short, medium, or long term rental.


Next time you are looking to hire cooling or heating equipment give our hire desk a call on 0333 004 4433.  Call us or contact us with an outline of your requirements and we will deal with everything from there!

Hire Equipment

How Hiring Temperature Control Solutions Can Benefit You – Long and Short Term

Our Hire division offers temperature control solutions to customers with temporary requirements. Our fleet includes chillers, air handlers, boilers, portable air conditioning, and heating units. Products are available on either short-term, mid-term, or long-term temperature control hire and everything can be rented flexibly around your specific requirements and applications.

Long Term Temperature Control Solutions: Hire

For some customers, renting equipment on a long-term basis simply suits their business model better than outright purchase.  As well as being tax-efficient, you protect your capital expenditure and avoid becoming encumbered with a depreciating asset further down the line.

Hiring equipment also takes away any element of surprise, giving total peace of mind.  Your monthly costs are fixed for the duration of your contract with us and, in the unlikely event that there is ever an issue with equipment, it will simply be exchanged.  This protects your business and/or production from downtime.

Service and maintenance costs are built into your rental agreement with us.  If you purchase the equipment outright you must allow for these additional costs to achieve a true cost of ownership. Without the safety net of regular servicing and planned maintenance, you risk equipment failure, which could result in you needing emergency hire support regardless.

Hire Equipment for a Breakdown/Emergency Incident

Our Hire service enables your business to carry on running seamlessly in a breakdown or emergency. The team will deliver replacement equipment to your site and connect it to your existing system so that you are back up and running as quickly as possible. We understand that business downtime is costly, and we will ensure it is kept to an absolute minimum. You then have the breathing space you need whilst your permanent equipment is repaired.

Our rental equipment and specialist engineers are based across the UK, ensuring that Aqua Hire can offer customers nationwide coverage every day of the year. When you hire from us you have the added benefit of knowing that one of our engineers is never far away and can support you 24/7. Whether it is a site survey or help with installation, we’re used to working very quickly! We offer same-day delivery on our rental equipment and our minimum hire period is just one week.


Use Equipment for a Planned Event or in a Temporary Scenario

Hiring is perfect if you require equipment for a planned event or as a temporary overflow. For example, if you are carrying out a planned maintenance job to the cooling or heating equipment within your building or facility, we can deliver rental equipment to give continuity of service to the residents and staff. We can supplement equipment within your existing production facility to reduce bottlenecks or help with seasonal demand. Or, if you are working on new product development or a research project, we can arrange a package of equipment for R&D and trial purposes.


Contingency Planning Hire Equipment

Our Temperature Control Contingency Planning service is designed to help with the “what if” scenarios and is particularly pertinent to critical facilities and processes where there is zero tolerance to business interruption. We will come to the site and carry out a detailed survey of your equipment and operation by putting together a bespoke plan. We then factor in your requirements when we are managing our fleet and all your equipment is specified and ready to go. If you then ever need your Plan B, we are just a telephone call away.


Ready to Hire?

To see an example of a few ways that we have helped our other customers (using our technical expertise), and to find out how it has benefited their companies, take a look at our news page!

To get your own temperature control solutions, or if you have any other questions or queries, call our Hire Desk on 0333 004 4433.


Chilled Water System Improvements for Global Plastic Component Manufacturer

Essentra Components manufacture parts from packaging and fluid handling to moulded plastics and hardware. They operate over 100 injection moulding machines at their large site in Oxfordshire.

Their machines utilise Chillers and V Bank Airblast Coolers to provide cooling to the tools at 14°C and to hydraulic oil at 20°C. Minimising downtime is crucial to their production, so they need a maintenance partner that they can rely on to maintain and optimise their chilled water system and equipment.

The situation

The manufacturing site required a reliable and supportive partnership with a reputable provider of high-standard technical support, maintenance, and servicing.

The use of mixed metals in the internal factory pipework had caused corrosion, which led to the poor quality of water running through the system, damaging the pipework and causing leaks.

If closed-loop systems or the water used within them are poorly maintained or left untreated it can lead to problems that will affect energy usage, cost, asset performance, and reliability. Specifically, these problems include corrosion, fouling, biofouling, and scaling to a lesser extent unless there is significant water loss requiring additional make-up water.

These issues were resolved in the recent past by adapting their cooling water system from a closed-circuit pressurised system to an open tank system – making it easy to monitor the quality
of the water and add treatment as needed.

The solution

We are providing the site with technical support, maintenance and regular servicing of the equipment. This includes cleaning and ushing the dual filter arrangement to ensure clean and treated water is provided – protecting the system components and minimising the risk of downtime.

You can view the full Essentra Components case study online.

To discuss how we can help improve the efficiency and maintenance of your chilled water systems, please call us on 0330 404 3228 or contact us online.

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How to improve the efficiency of your Chiller

There’s a lot of pressure on individuals, businesses, and organisations to increase plant reliability, reduce energy consumption and lower the carbon footprint of their operations on the environment.

In most applications, chillers are the single largest energy-consuming piece of equipment within a building.
By increasing the efficiency of your chiller plant, you can expect to:

• Increase the service life of the asset
• Reduce your ongoing operating costs
• Improve your green credentials

Investment strategy sees Aqua aim for industry top spot

Aqua has announced substantial multimillion-pound investment as part of an impressive, large-scale growth plan.

The company has confirmed two new investors, Philip Wilson and Russell Wilson, who join the Board alongside Aqua’s original founders, Kevin Lancaster and Simon Davis.

Philip and Russell bring a plethora of industry experience to Aqua, having both been intrinsically involved in ICS Cool Energy.  Philip Wilson takes on a Non-Executive Director, consultative role, whereas Russell Wilson will be active within the hire side of the business.

Aqua was founded in 2001, focusing primarily on industrial and process cooling across the UK and overseas.  The Service side of the business was formed five years later and Aqua acquired Stadco Cooling from the Stadco Automotive Group in 2010. Aqua won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2015, and 2018 saw the launch of their hire division.

As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, 2021 seemed a pertinent time to make a change, as Simon Davis explains; “Aqua has established itself as a market leader for technically led cooling solutions but Kevin & I recognised we needed capital investment to move to the next level.  We have a great team with an over-arching belief that we can be number one in our industry.  Phil & Russell joining us will be key to delivering that aspiration.  This is such an exciting time for Aqua, I’m really thrilled about where we will go next.”

Initially, the new investment will be directed towards rental equipment, new premises, and personnel, as Russell Wilson comments; “We aim to combine Aqua’s 20-year legacy and reputation with our industry experience, to create something really quite special for the marketplace.  From a hire perspective, Aqua is now positioned to offer customers technical expertise, site-specific hire solutions and a technically innovative fleet of equipment.  Just because a customer hires it shouldn’t mean they have to compromise on the quality of equipment, installation, or technical resource.   Watch this space, we have exciting plans!”

Aqua Group Appoint Ben Davies as Hire Director

Aqua Group, has appointed Ben Davies as Director of their hire division, Aqua Hire.

Ben has spent over 13 years within the temperature control sector, working within sales and contract engineering roles. For the last 10 years, Ben has specialised within the rental market, joining Aqua from ICS Cool Energy where he oversaw hire activity for the South of England.

Aqua are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and launched their Hire business in 2018, specialising in commercial and industrial applications across the UK. Their range of temperature control rental equipment includes chillers, air conditioning units, boilers, portable heaters, and ancillaries such as fuel management and supply.

Group Director, Kevin Lancaster explains; “Our hire division has gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time and we see Ben’s appointment as key in building on our achievements going forward. His experience and specialist technical knowledge are a real asset and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

“I am really excited about using my industry experience and knowledge to help propel Aqua Hire to the next stage, building on the excellent achievements of the team to date. Together, I’m confident that we can achieve great things during 2021 and beyond”

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Aqua Supplies Complete Package to Manufacturing Client

The Client –

Global Packaging Manufacturer

The Challenge –

Eliminating Single-point Failures

The Solution –

System Upgrade

When you are manufacturing 24/7, the resilience and reliability of your process is most likely as important as its efficiency. For a packaging supplier client looking to upgrade their existing process cooling system, Aqua’s design team came up with a system which managed to overcome legacy issues, added N+1 redundancy and improved energy efficiency.

Our clients’ existing cooling system on their injection moulding process line required additional capacity and whilst they had bridged the gap temporarily with a chiller from our hire division, Aqua Hire, they wanted a permanent solution going forward.

Their existing system also had an issue with additives in the water which, over time, had corroded the current chiller’s evaporator, causing it to rupture. Not only did this result in a large repair bill, but it also jeopardised production which would have a huge financial impact for the client. The alternative was to hire in replacement equipment, at additional cost, to bridge the gap whilst repairs were carried out. Any upgrade needed to resolve the risk of additives compromising the process a second time.

Aqua’s solution involved adding a second chiller to the process, along with intermediate plate heat exchangers to separate the primary and secondary circuits. With two chillers, both operating on reduced load, the system could maximise efficiency and benefit from built in redundancy. Adding the heat exchangers would prevent any future damage from contaminants as well as protecting against possible frost damage. Resilience was boosted even further by the addition of a large buffer tank and the inclusion of inverter driven process pumps increased operational efficiency.

The full solution included:

  • 348kW scroll fluid chiller – with 2 refrigeration circuits and 4 compressors
  • 304 stainless steel plate heat exchangers
  • Inverter driven process pumps
  • 4000 litre tank

Full mechanical design, installation & commissioning

“This project really showcases the difference technical design excellence can make to a system”, explains Aqua Senior Sales Engineer, Martin Windley. “Not only did the design team overcome the initial challenges, but they also boosted overall system resilience, improved efficiency and our client will now benefit from cost savings year after year.”





Aqua Takes Up Transfer to Transform Initiative

Joe Barnes is the latest new addition to the Aqua Group team, joining as an Apprentice Service Engineer through the Government’s Transfer to Transform scheme.

Based in Crewe, Joe will work alongside Aqua Engineer Alan Carter, visiting sites, meeting & supporting customers and gaining a hands-on understanding of the day to day world of a refrigeration engineer. In addition, Joe will study for his Level 3 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (RAC) qualification at Dudley College. The course will cover theoretical and practical training on different applications and the principles and practices behind them.

Aqua worked with The Solent Apprenticeship Hub to recruit Joe as part of the Transfer to Transform initiative. The scheme uses unspent levy from large companies to support SME businesses to train and upskill apprenticeships. Jodi Fair, Manager, Solent Apprenticeship Hub Manager, explains, “Transfer to Transform offers the perfect opportunity to cut the cost of apprenticeship training entirely for SME’s in the region – we are so pleased that businesses such as Aqua have seized the opportunity. Many of the businesses we have worked with said that introducing an apprentice into the business gives the workforce a fresh perspective, motivates the rest of the team and improves the overall productivity of the staff. Utilising apprenticeships can be revolutionary for businesses.”

Rebecca Ogburn, Aqua Group’s HR Manager adds, “We’re delighted to have Joe on board. Apprenticeships are such an important factor in developing talent and nurturing a skilled and qualified workforce and I’m so pleased that Aqua have been able to participate in the TTT initiative with fantastic support from the Solent Apprenticeship Hub.”

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DCS InnoVision – Immersion Technology

Our Technical Manager – and all round data centre guru – Mike West, was invited by Data Centre Solutions to give his thoughts on the future of energy optimisation within the industry. Mike’s article appears in their recently launched digital publication “InnoVision”.

The article centres on deploying immersion technology and the opportunities it offers for large scale energy savings. It outlines the impact this has on data centre infrastructure design theory and how it allows facilities to embrace water based process cooling options as an alternative to chillers.

For more information you can read Mike’s article in full here – or call our Data Centre team today for more information and technical advice.