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    • The Kimpton team recently completed a project at the Countess of Chester Hospital to remove redundant plant and completely refit the chiller system that serves the main operating theatres, five of the wards, the recovery area, pharmacy along with the intensive care unit.

      The project began in January on a 12-week programme to coincide with the time…

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    • Into the Valley

      Kimpton has been appointed to deliver the £2.2M mechanical and electrical services for the construction of new training facilities at RAF Valley in Anglesey. These are being built as part of a £175M investment in the basic flying training operation within the UK military flying training system.

      RAF Valley on Anglesey is the home to the Number…

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    • We have already shown you what the finished floors in the Capital Building look like when the Kimpton team have completed their work.

      In this post, We’ll look at the job in progress, so you can see what is under the hood. As with much of our HVAC work, by the time the job is finished, most of our…

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    • This isn’t going to the prettiest of posts, but the point it will make should make this worth a read.

      We’re working in unprecedented times in the construction industry, with materials shortages and price rises coming at us from every angle. This is happening at the same time as the world is beginning a programme of decarbonising the HVAC…

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    • Kimpton have been appointed by the Radisson Blu Liverpool to service and maintain all of their HVAC assets.

      Located on Old Hall Street, close to the Capital Building, the hotel is a 4* deluxe hotel and has 194 guest bedrooms as well as a full spa and fitness centre with Gym, Swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms….

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    • We’ve talked a fair bit about our work inside the Capital Building on the Liverpool waterfront. Located on Old Hall Street, In the heart of the business district, the Capital Building is the largest Grade A office building in Liverpool City Centre. Originally opened in 1976 as the purpose-built headquarters of Royal Insurance, it’s a well-known landmark on the…

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    • In this short piece, we will explain in simple terms how to improve an EPC Rating for commercial property. We’ll look at what it is, why you need to do it, the financial risk of non-compliance and then the step by step guide to the most cost-effective routes to compliance and then touch on future-proofing for future legislation.

      What is…

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    • Listed buildings present a whole series of challenges when it comes to refurbishment projects and the work we recently completed at Abbey School in Chester had some new ones that the team had never seen before, despite completing hundreds of similar projects.

      Abbey School in Chester is a day and residential independent special school for children and…

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    • Laurence Deacon Court is a development of five sheltered housing units with 70 one and two-bedroom apartments and bungalows. Some of these are mobility standard properties. Built-in 1981, it is operated by Alpha Living, a not-for-profit housing association that focuses on independent living for the over 55’s. They have over 860 apartments across 11 local authorities….

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    • We recently wrote about some of the external work we were carrying out on the Capital Building in Liverpool. It gave us some stunning views of Liverpool’s Three Graces and across the river towards the Wirral. We enjoyed the view so much, it became the inspiration behind our company video.

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    • We’re delighted to announce that we have been appointed by GMI Construction for the mechanical services package in the £40m new build student accommodation project on Carlton Hill in Leeds. The new build consists of 604 student rooms in 10 and 11-bed apartment clusters and is 15 storeys at its highest point. It will replace a…

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    • We are delighted that almost every project we touch these days seems to have a renewable element to it, but this project at Plas Derwen PRU, Queensferry, has been designed to tick a lot of renewable technology boxes from ‘the ground up’. It is literally designed in, throughout every element of the build.

      Perhaps the most visible renewable technology in…

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    • Kimpton O&M Manuals

      There are O&M Manuals and there are Kimpton O&M Manuals

      With most projects, when they draw to a close, the team put together O&M manuals to hand over to the client. An O&M Manual brings together all of the paperwork for the operation and maintenance of the entire systems for the building. They can be quite weighty documents and being…

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    • Kimpton have been appointed to work with Read Construction to deliver the mechanical services on three individual sheltered housing scheme projects in Wrexham.

      The projects at Tir Y Capel and LLys Y Myndd are a mix of refurbishment and new build to create a whole new style of retirement housing. The aim by Wrexham County Borough Council is…

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    • The growth in student accommodation over the past 20 years has been staggering. As a sector, it’s gone from almost non-existent with universities only aiming to offer rooms to a small proportion of first-year students, to it becoming a huge new sector drawing in worldwide investment, that serves students across the UK, independently of the Universities. Whole city blocks…

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    • One of the most common questions that businesses are asking is how do you decarbonise your business? We’ve probably all heard the question and know a little about what it means, but what does it mean for us as business operators and what can we do about it?

      Background

      The UK Government announced on 20th April 2021 that it…

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    • When we normally announce a new starter with Kimpton, we talk about what first attracted them to the business. With Steve Turner however, it’s slightly different, as Steve is actually returning to the business after a 37-year break. Back in 1984 Steve’s first job after school was as a Youth Trainee with the EA Kimpton. It was this business…

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    • The Kimpton team recently completed another boiler room replacement. This one at Shoreside Primary School.

      Shoreside primary school is a small, friendly primary school with 210 pupil capacity in Ainsdale, Southport. In 2018 it became part of the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust, which is a family of six schools across the North West.

      The school caters for…

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    • The Kimpton team, working with partners completed a boiler room upgrade and the CIF scheme for school improvement.

      Hermitage School is a primary school in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire that opened in 1970. It caters for around 210 children aged 4-11 years. As a purpose-built school, sitting on a large green site, the layout still works well, with eight teaching spaces,…

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    • Designing and creating process cooling systems is an important part of the Kimpton business. It is the perfect example of why working in the plumbing industry, is nothing if it isn’t varied.

      In this project, the small works team have been working with Hardy UK in Liverpool. They are one of those companies that if you do not work in…

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    • Lockdown has been a time to deliver a number of projects that are made far easier when the venue is closed. One such job is the work we completed at the stunning Liverpool Philharmonic. Work has been underway for some time to restore the original Rushworth and Dreaper Organ, originally installed in 1939.

      According to the Philharmonic,…

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    • Hot on the heels of our talks during Industry Week with Wirral Met College, today we delivered a ‘Meet the Employer’ Session to Coleg Cambria in Deeside, in conjunction with Kier.

      The ‘good old days’ of having to travel and stand in front of an eager room of students are currently in the dim and distant past, so…

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    • Kimpton Energy Solutions have been appointed by Kier Regional Building North West to deliver the mechanical and electrical services for a new Pupil Referral Unit at Plas Derwyn & Queensferry CP as well as for the extension and refurbishment of the existing Plas Derwyn & Queensferry CP Primary School.

      The work will all be based around the existing Queensferry Campus…

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    • Armed Forces Covenant

       

      Kimpton Energy Solutions is proud to announce that we have committed to honour the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value serving personnel – regular and reservists, veterans and military families – contribute to our business, our community and country.

      Working with armed forces personnel has always been an important principle for Kimpton. We understand how difficult the transition can…

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    • At Kimpton, we always aim to deliver work to the highest possible standards. It can seem tempting for some, when times are challenging, to cut corners here and there. But for us, doing so will always put our team at an increased risk that we’re not prepared to take. We have always avoided this way of thinking and this…

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    • The Capital Building, or to use its original name, New Hall Place, is a 13 storey building in the Commercial District in Liverpool. Because of its sandy-coloured exterior and waterfront location, it’s often known locally, as the Sand Castle. Originally built in 1974 for Royal Insurance, it incorporates a section of the original ‘walkways in the sky’ project that…

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    • The Kimpton team have recently completed an interesting job on the roof of Liverpool John Moores University, in the centre of the city and close to the river. The job was to replace the coils inside Carrier Aquaforce Chillers. These chillers feed the Air handling Units (AHU’s) which cool the whole of the eight-storey building with chilled air.

      One…

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    • We’ve written a lot recently about reopening offices and the process you need to go through to properly recommission the air conditioning system in your office or workplace.

      But that still leaves the question unanswered ‘is it safe (or advisable) to use my air conditioning in my office or workplace?’

      Is it safe, am I putting my colleagues at risk…

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    • In our previous post, we shared the detailed checklist for an entire HVAC system when you are preparing to reopen your office or business after a long shutdown.

      One of the key elements to the checklist was to change filters throughout the system to ensure they were safe, clean and not harbouring bacteria that will have…

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    • Work has been completed on the refurbishment of Greenbank House, in the Greenbank Complex in South Liverpool. It’s a project we were delighted to win when we announced it here.

      The scope of our work involved the installation of new heat recovery ventilation, LPHW heating & radiators and domestic hot water via a skid-mounted…

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    • In this post, we will look at some of the options open to you when considering a Plant Room Refurbishment. We’ll look at the financials and the choices you face.

      The technology available within a plant room has changed dramatically over the last 20 plus years. We see many that still have older commercial boilers built from cast iron. Newer…

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    • The work is beginning in the Kingsway Tunnel on the £3m project to replace the gravity and pumped drainage pipework. The scale of the project is made clear when you look at the sheer scale of the tunnel system. There are two 9.6m diameter bores and a tunnel length of 2.5km. It’s the second-longest road tunnel in the UK,…

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    • We recently completed a project at Wrexham Ambulance and Fire Services Resource Centre (AFSRC) to add comfort cooling to the office space.

      The lower floors of the building, which opened in 2016, house the emergency vehicles, whilst the upper floors are laid out as an open plan call centre along with general offices and meeting rooms. Completion of the build…

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    • Cold Water Tank Replacement

      This is one of those jobs that plays to the strengths of the Kimpton team. It’s a project to replace a 40,000 gallon (180m3) cold water tank on an industrial site. Our aim was to minimise disruption to the production plant it supplies, by working to agreed hours, with scheduled mini-shutdowns.

      The old tank was fibreglass and the integrity of…

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    • Kimpton have been successful in their application to join the Fusion21 Heating & Renewables Framework. The framework delivers a range of heating and renewable technology works.

      Fusion21 serves a group of over 500 members across public and social sectors to deliver efficiency savings on the procurement of goods and services for property, construction and the built…

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    • We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed by Merseytravel to deliver a £3m upgrade and replacement of the gravity pumped drainage pipework for the Kingsway Tunnel. It’s part of a detailed planned and preventative maintenance and upgrade programme put in place when the first Kingsway tunnel opened in 1971. Our team will complete the work in…

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    • Carden Park Spa is open

      After a concerted effort by all of the team involved in the run-up to Christmas, the Carden Park Spa opened for business, as promised, on Monday 6th January.

      And it looks fabulous.

      It’s set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside and offers spa experiences that range from an hour to a full weekend.

      What is unusual about…

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    • Royal Liverpool clubhouse with new boilers

      The team have just completed the replacement of three commercial boilers at the world-renowned Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The existing Atlantic gas-fired boilers had become extremely unreliable and two of them were inoperative. This left the club in the difficult position where the remaining boilers…

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    • We are now just 36 days away from the stunning Carden Park Spa opening its doors to an expectant public. The new £10m spa, stretches over 4,500sq.m and includes two large vitality pools, a beauty lounge and relaxation spaces.

      Outside, there also the huge spa garden that’s designed to bring you closer to the natural beauty…

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    • Nightingale House Hospice provides specialist palliative care services to patients and their families across much of North East Wales completely free of charge. They reach from Wrexham, Flintshire and East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the towns on the Welsh border, including Oswestry and Whitchurch.

      Nightingale House LogoThere’s a…

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    • We’ve just completed a project at a very large process water-cooled fibreglass plant which is another one that’s a little out of the ordinary and involves some very large format pipefitting. There are two systems running close to each other. The one near the roof carries compressed air and runs through 350mm diameter pipes. The external system…

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    • If you’re paying for a commercial boiler service are you sure you’re actually getting a commercial boiler service?

      This is a slightly tough subject to raise, as it’s one the entire industry know about, but aren’t saying much, as the prices being paid for servicing in the consumer sector are falling through the floor. We can…

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    • The Kimpton Maintenance team are currently on-site, working alongside a major roofing contractor to remove the air conditioning plant, to allow them to complete the replacement of the ageing roof.

      As you can see from the Google Maps images below, the roof is huge and stretches across twelve separate buildings, with a mix of flat…

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    • Matt joins the Kimpton Contracts team having completed a three year level four apprenticeship in Project management and Building Services with Unilever. Matt, 21 from Upton is looking forward to the challenges that his new role presents.

      “When I met the team at Kimpton’s I felt like they wanted to buy into me as much as I did…

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    • Maintenance Electricians

      The benefit of experienced electrical contractors

      Perhaps we’ve kept it secret for too long, but we’re proud to say that at Kimpton’s, we’re experienced Electricians.

      We can look back over our history and see where our real strength lies. There’s no doubt that our sweet spot is in HVAC – we’ve lived and breathed…

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    • Matt Breakwell has joined Kimpton as Business Development Manager. He joins from Warmer Energy in Liverpool, where he worked in a similar role.

      He brings a wealth of senior management experience having worked in roles around the construction and development industry for many years.

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    • Kimpton’s have been delighted to welcome the talented youngster, Josh Anderson, 15 from Wirral Grammar on a work placement. He’s been working closely with the on-site teams to understand what life would be like in the world of mechanical engineering.

      Josh, who is studying for GCSE’s, describes himself as reasonably practical but interested in how…

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    • We’re delighted to announce that Scott Bennett has joined the Kimpton team as a Senior Mechanical Contracts Engineer. He brings a huge amount of additional M&E Experience to the team.

      “When I saw the position with Kimpton’s, I knew it was for me” said Scott. “I started my career here in Bromborough as an apprentice with Esau Group…

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    • Most of us of a certain age will remember where we were in 1982 when Henry VIII’s Warship, the Mary Rose, was hauled out of the sea, from a depth of 36ft, almost two miles south of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. It had lain on the sea bed there for 437 years after its sinking in 1545. Once…

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    • The recent near heatwave over the Easter break in the UK has reminded us that summer is just around the corner and now is the time to ensure your air conditioning is fit for the hot weather ahead.

      Every year we are faced with the same mid-year rush as air conditioning…

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    • The Kimpton Maintenance Team have just completed a boiler room replacement project in Liverpool and it’s a little different to most of the many thousands we have completed before. Here’s the story.

      The Frances Mary Lescher Building (FML) within the Hope Park campus is the centre of the academic, administrative and conference activity of the…

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    • Why a chilled water system needs a permanent treatment regime

      A closed loop chilled water system is often used to generate the cool air for an air conditioning system for a large scale office or industrial application, such as within a data centre

      As the name ‘closed loop’ implies, the… more >

    • With our many years experience of planned and preventative maintenance programmes, we have spent a lot of time working on the HVAC system for hotels. We have seen major changes in both the design of… more >

    • You may never have heard of Ultrasonic Humidification, but rest assured, it’s here to stay.

      Cooling an office space is now something we all accept as the norm. Few newly developed office spaces would even consider coming to market without air conditioning throughout. But, whilst air conditioning keeps us cool and filters the air… more >

    • One of the questions we are asked most often as heating engineers, is ‘when does a boiler need replacing?’. On the surface, this is an easy question, but in reality, there are a huge number of variables that can decide on the correct answer.

      Ten signs that show your boiler may need replacing.


    What our customers say

    • Kimpton Energy Solutions have provided a reliable and helpful service at Dover and Philharmonic Court since they were opened in 2014 /15. A good working relationship is maintained with the service engineers and having a key account manager who is responsive and maintains regular communication has been a key factor in service provision.Having a…

    • Kimptons provided a ‘planned maintenance schedule’ to suit our academic year requirements and maintained the dates set out. Their engineers were always well presented and aware of how to conduct themselves within our environment. They were all trained and knowledgeable on the various items of equipment they came to work on. Mr Mike Pickles,…

    • We are happy with the service Kimptons have provided over the years. Their engineers are local and have great knowledge of our systems. We have built up an excellent working relationship with service engineers along with their office staff. Mr Kevin Foy, Notre Dame College

    • The Kimpton engineers on site are always accommodating to requests from the estates team with regards to heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues. The planned maintenance schedule has developed over the years and works well throughout the year. Having a key account manager who attends site on a weekly basis provides an excellent line…

    • The installation will improve the comfort conditions in several areas of the school servicing both pupils and staff. We are very experienced in undertaking projects in these conditions were flexibility and careful scheduling is key and this was crucial to our appointment on this contract.

    • We have been using TKR Services since their inception and during that time they proved to be not only commercially competitive, but also, looking from an Engineers point of view they have strived to provide the highest quality work.

    • The Plaza is a showpiece building for Bruntwood in Liverpool and we have since made it our own headquarters in the city. To reflect this, we needed to ensure that the fit out was of the highest quality, whilst maintaining the high levels of service our tenants expect from Bruntwood.