Epta are proud to announce their success in winning the “Convenience Retail project of the Year” award at the tenth annual RAC Cooling Industry Awards in London, where leaders in the cooling industry compete to win awards for the most innovative, imaginative and environmentally friendly products and developments.

This award-winning solution was created for the Cooperative Group who have over 2800 convenience stores in the UK and wanted to include a store within their new head office in Angel Square, Manchester, one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in Europe with a BREEAM score of 95.32%.  The Cooperative Group are a leader in the introduction of door cabinets in the UK, with over three thousand George Barker sliding door cabinets installed in the UK. These cabinets were used in the new store, reducing energy consumption by 50%. For the refrigeration system Epta designed a dual temperature booster system with CO2 as the operating fluid and a COP of 5.56 which avoided operating the food chiller pack transcritically. The location in the centre of Manchester meant an external heat exchanger to air could not be used, so the innovative solution to reject heat to the building’s cold water system was used.

The Cooperative Group’s Refrigeration Manager, Mr Bill Watson, said “We are very pleased with this installation which meets all our expectations and perfectly complements the high environmental objectives set for the development of Angel Square”

In Luca Lastella words, George Barker General Manager, We are delighted to have been awarded this important prize and to have been a part of the construction of this world class environmentally sustainable building”.  

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