Refrigeration projects in the South West

Ian Hobbs Technical Services Ltd have completed a wide range of refrigeration projects across Bristol, Bath and the South West. Contact us to find out more or read some of our case studies below for examples of our past work.

Castlemead Poultry

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Cold-room Panelling and Refrigeration Equipment

“We chose to use Ian Hobbs for our large abattoir redevelopment. Hobbs were competitively priced against other companies and their quality of work and expertise was excellent. Their staff on site were always tidy, co operative with other contractors and efficient”
– Stuart Perkins, Director at Castlemead Poultry

Run by Stuart Perkins, Castlemead Poultry is a leading producer of fine free range chicken, eggs and Christmas Poultry. They are passionate about providing local outlets and local customers with the best quality locally produced chicken.
Stuart also wanted to use local suppliers and contractors in the construction of his new processing plant and Ian Hobbs Technical Services were brought in to design, supply and install various cold rooms and refrigeration equipment for the new processing plant at Stuart’s farm.

Spec: To supply and install 100mm PIR insulation panelling and ceilings to all chilled temperature areas plus the staff area, staff toilets and office area and to install a low temperature condensing unit and evaporator to maintain the freezer coldroom at -20C°

To install a refrigeration pack and remote air cooled condenser with suitable valves and controls coupled to individual evaporators in each room to maintain the chilled areas at the temperatures indicated on the plan provided. Each room will have a control panel to give individual temperature and defrost control with constant digital temperature display indicating room temperature.
The large scale project went to plan and the project was completed in December 2014. Photographs of the progress and completed project can be seen above. Castlemead Poultry are to be on a planned preventative maintenance contract to ensure the units continue to run efficiently and safely in the future.
Below, you can see a time lapse video of some of the work carried out at the Castlemead site:

Renrod Motor Group

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Vauxhall, Nissan, Renault & Toyota Air Conditioning Installation

Platinum Motor Group drives forward with efficiency

Leading South West car dealership, Platinum Motor Group, has invested in the future with a brand new air conditioning system at two of their sites in Trowbridge. Founded in 1975, Platinum Motor Group has steadily expanded, establishing itself as one of the leading dealerships in the South West.

Ian Hobbs Technical Services were approached by the Platinum Motor Group last year for a proposal to replace the heating and cooling air conditioning equipment throughout the Nissan, Renault, Vauxhall and Toyota dealerships in Trowbridge Meridian Motor Park. The dealerships had existing units which were causing day to day issues so they were investing in new equipment to overcome these issues and to be more energy efficient. Director Lee Hobbs explains:

“Platinum Motor Group has had a number of issues with their previous system. The existing equipment was inefficient and problematic and we regularly had to replace compressors which was proving to be very costly. The communication between the separate pieces of equipment was also proving to be a problem as all of the units were functioning on either heating or cooling only mode.”

We decommissioned, removed and disposed of all existing Toshiba equipment including all pipe-work, interconnecting and all ancillaries associated with the current installation.

The new Installation consisted of a City Multi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system. Mitsubishi Electric’s VRF offers simultaneous heating and cooling that Platinum’s previous system did not, by distributing surplus heat from cooling operations (and vice versa) to rooms where it is needed. This efficiency can result in energy savings of up to 30 per cent over conventional systems.

Each site was also fitted with an AE-200E central controller which utilises a large, back-lit display, to enable the control of temperature, fan speed and airflow options. It also provides comprehensive energy consumption monitoring and comparisons with the previous year’s power consumption.
One of our biggest challenges was that the installation had to be carried out whilst the sites continued to operate as normal. Lee says:

“Our main objective with this installation was to cause the minimum amount of disruption so that Platinum Motor Group could carry on with business as normal. Sometimes the staff were required to move offices for a day but this was kept to a minimum as the majority of the pipe work was in the corridor so we were able to work around them.

Platinum Motor Group now has a heating and cooling system which they can rely on and which will allow them to concentrate on their main job of providing a first class service to each of their customers. The new air conditioning installation is maintained and serviced by Ian Hobbs Technical Services under a maintenance contract agreement.

Ian Hobbs Technical – Office Build

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Ian Hobbs Technical Services Ltd has finally moved! Don’t worry, we haven’t moved far – we’ve built 6 shiny new units on Charlton Business Park, situated on Westfield Industrial Estate, and we now occupy 3 of them.
Our new address is: Unit 8, Charlton Business Park, Westfield Industrial Estate, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4BE
We’ve got a lot more space in the new office, with a new glass meeting room on the ground floor and a larger, open office upstairs. Not to mention the new workshop with plenty of storage! It provides more space for us to take on extra staff as we continue to grow.

The Beginning

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Spec: To design and build a new, purpose built, energy efficient, bespoke office and workshop facility.
We’ve carried out the complete M&E Installation ourselves. We had a fixed budget and time scale to work with and achieved both… actually we even came in under budget!! From concept to completion, the team at Ian Hobbs Technical Services organised and project managed every aspect of the build and internal fit out. This included:

  • Planning Application & Building Regulations
  • Ground Works
  • Tarmac & Landscaping
  • Block Works
  • Steel Works
  • Thermal Cladding
  • Curtain Wall
  • Windows & Doors
  • Heating & Ventilation
  • Electrical Installation
  • Plumbing

Internal fit out

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  • Decoration
  • Carpets
  • Office Furniture
  • Glass Meeting Room

The Electrical Installation

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  • Full Electrical System with Data, All Main Computer & Telephone Connections
  • Industrial LED, Office, Emergency and Outside Lighting
  • Full Telephone System
  • CCTV Installation & Integration
  • Door Entry Video System
  • Fire Alarm
  • Shutter Door

Air Conditioning

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As proud members of Mitsubishi’s Business Solutions Partners scheme and great supporters of their equipment, we chose to install the below in our offices:

  • 2 x 12.5 kW Mitsubishi Electric Ceiling Cassettes
  • 1 x 5 kW Mitsubishi Electric Ceiling Cassettes
  • 1 x 2.5 kW Mitsubishi Electric Wall Mounted Unit


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  • Mechanical Installation. Hot and Cold Services
  • Staff Facilities. Shower Room and Toilets.
  • Kitchen Installation.

Farrington Co-operative Store

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After successfully tendering for the air conditioning and refrigeration contract, Ian Hobbs Technical Services role in the re-development was to fully manage, install and commission the refrigeration and air conditioning systems for the store. Our approach to energy consumption is simple; reduce consumption across their business units with more efficient equipment.
Our installation team worked alongside the shop fitting company with only 4 weeks to complete the entire store. During this short period of time, we carried out the refurbishment of a cold room, extension a new freezer cold room onto the existing, installed Mitsubishi air conditioning, low energy chiller and freezer cabinets as well as a full installation of heat recovery and ventilation in the staff area and toilets. The store successfully opened on the 20th November 2013 and Ian Hobbs Technical Services are proud to have been a part of the project.

Radstock Co-operative Society

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The Radstock Co-operative Society are an independent, member owned co-operative retailer with a superstore and numerous convenience stores around Somerset. The company is committed to ‘demonstrating regard for the environment’ so their remit for the refurbishment of the Radstock store was to have the building at a comfortable and ambient temperature whilst also being energy efficient.
Radstock Co-operative Society are a long term existing customer and asked Ian Hobbs Technical Services to design the refrigeration and air conditioning systems specifically to meet the needs of the superstore. Our role in the re-development was to fully manage, install and commission the refrigeration and air conditioning systems for the store. Our approach to energy consumption is simple; reduce consumption across the business by using energy efficient equipment.
Our installation team worked alongside the shop fitting company and during this period of time, we carried out full installation of air conditioning, low energy chiller and freezer cabinets as well as a 70kw dual temperature 10 scroll compressor external pack. All refrigerated cabinets were installed with full RDM digital control systems and data management systems.
The store successfully re-launched on the 4th June 2014 and Ian Hobbs Technical Services are proud to have been a part of the project. The images above show the progression of the installations.

Northavon M&E

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Specialist Engineers to Water Industry Office move

In 2013, Northavon M&E relocated their offices to a new build in Bath Business Park. Ian Hobbs Technical Services provided the total turnkey solution, with a full mechanical and electrical installation to their newly built industrial unit in the rapid turnaround of 12 weeks. We handled all of the Internal Design, Planning & Building Regulations for the total package:

  • Mezzanine Floor
  • All partitions (including Fire wall)
  • Dry lining and Suspended ceilings
  • Full decoration of Walls, Floors, Doors, Carpets, Builders Clean
  • Full 3 phase Electrical system with Data, patch panel and all main computer & telephone connections
  • Industrial LED, Office & Emergency Lighting
  • Full Telephone system
  • CCTV Installation & Integration
  • Door Entry
  • Fire Alarm
  • Mechanical Installation Staff Toilets
  • Canteen welfare facilities
  • Air Conditioning system, Heat Pump, Heat Recovery and Ventilation throughout the building

The total package was delivered in Budget and within the time frame of 12 weeks. The building is now on a iH full facilities maintenance programme.

Jones Food Solutions

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Cold Room installation for local food suppliers
INTRO: Jones Food Solutions provide a complete food-service operation, supplying their customers with a full range of ambient, chilled and frozen goods. Jones Food Solutions encompasses a 58,000 sq ft depot in Midsomer Norton. First and foremost they provide a delivered service operation, which also provides a cash & carry service from the same premises providing a one stop shop, carrying a vast range of products for retail, catering and licensed customers. With such a vast amount of stock, Jones Food Solutions decided to compliment their existing suite by investing in an additional freezer cold store.
SPEC: To supply & Install 1 x Bespoke Freezer Cold Store
DESIGN: During the design stage, we highlighted the inefficiency of the existing cold room equipment throughout the site and provided Jones with a solution to this; to remove all individual condensing units and replace with one large, energy efficient refrigeration pack. This would result in unprecedented electrical savings for the company whilst also preventing an upgrade of their mains electrical supply, providing them with spare capacity.
BUILD: We caught the complete build on our time-lapse camera. You can view the cold room installation in 1 minute and 43 seconds below!
COMPLETION: The installation was completed on time.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE CUSTOMER: “Due to growth and expansion of our product range, we decided to invest in additional cold storage. Ian Hobbs Technical Services offered the complete design and bespoke build. The installation is to an extremely high standard and we would highly recommend the Ian Hobbs team for this type of project” – Dave Jones, Director at Jones Food Solutions.

The Co-operative – NEW Castlemead Store

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A new co-operative store has been opened in Trowbridge Castlemead. Radstock Co-operative has extended its trading area from Somerset into Wiltshire with a purpose-built community store in Hilperton village, near Trowbridge.

The society says the new store, the 16th in its retail estate, is in a prime location – a corner plot at the edge of the new Castle Mead residential development, adjacent to the main road into Trowbridge.

Ian Hobbs Technical Services have contributed to the store’s high specification with energy-efficient chillers, freezers and air conditioning units, as shown in our pictures above.

Radstock chief executive Don Morris said: “I am delighted that we have secured this particular site. It means that for the first time we have extended our geographical trading area from Somerset into another county.

Large Private House, Somerset

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Full M&E Domestic Package
Design & Build on a Large Country House
Spec: Total Supply & Installation including a full energy efficient package across Electrical, Heating and Plumbing Services.


  • Lighting & Power throughout the building incorporating Low Energy Lighting
  • Data & Telephone Cabling & Patch Panel
  • Integrating Media Distribution; Music, TV, Sky, CCTV, Door Entry.
  • We were responsible for the supply & fitting of all the High Quality Light Fittings, TV’s including all the Media devices incorporated within the systems


  • With the rural position of the property, there was no mains gas connection. We designed a Bi-fuel Oil Boiler Plant Room with duel multi fuel integration
  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Solar Thermal and Log burners for the Heating & Hot water requirements
  • Under floor heating on the Ground & First floor
  • Installation of a bunded oil tank and Fuel Reporting System
  • Luxury Sanitaryware
  • Shower Hardware
  • Wet Rooms
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Whole House Vacuum System
  • Full installation of the Automated entrance gate system including the fitting of the gates and M&E hardware

Jewson Ltd

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Energy Efficient Electrical Installation for Builders Merchants.

Ian Hobbs Technical Services were commissioned by the main building contractor to provide an industrial, energy efficient electrical installation. This consisted of Main Distribution Boards, Suspended Low Energy Lighting System, Emergency Lighting, Fire Alarms, 3 Phase and 13amp Power Distribution, Metal Trunking and Conduit throughout the building.

We are proud to have delivered the project within Budget and on time.

Apartment Conversion

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Full M&E Package

Our client engaged our services for the full M&E Design; Supply & Installation to convert a retail shop into two 2 bedroom luxury apartments.


Ian Hobbs Technical Services undertook the the disconnection of the previous shop electricity supply by controlling Western Power in organising new overhead power lines to each apartment. We carried out full electrical installation in:

  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Heating controls
  • Fire Alarm
  • TV/Sky, Broadband, Data Cabling and outlets
  • External Electrical Car Charging Points in the off-road car parking spaces


  • Renew Mains Water from the Road Connection in conjunction with Bristol Water and Highways Authority Incorporating Landlords Water Meters
  • Organise and manage British Gas with the 2 new connections from application on behalf of the client, to overseeing the Road connection & main risers to each apartment
  • Gas fired combi boilers with Radiators, Towel Radiators and all Bathroom sanitary.
  • The installation of Gas Hobs, Ovens and the full Kitchen fit out on each Apartment
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation throughout both apartments

The Apartments now have a full facilities maintenance contract in place with iH Technical Services, incorporating Landlord Gas Safe and Electrical certification.

Babington House

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M&E Contract at Soho House Hotel

Babington House is a Grade II listed building set in the heart of Somerset. Owned by Soho House, this hotel was opened in 1998 enabling enjoyment of the countryside without compromising on urban luxuries.

Ian Hobbs Technical Services carry out all Mechanical and Electrical maintenance of the site. Installations, breakdowns, repairs and service maintenance are carried out on a daily basis by our engineers covering air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, plumbing and heating services.

The Main House has a kitchen, log room, orangery, bar, library, pool room and study. As well as the main house, other facilities we attend to at Babington House include the Cowshed Relax spa, indoor and outdoor heated pools, gym, steam room, aroma room, sauna and a cinema.

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Find out more about our refrigeration projects

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