Hospital catering design: Williams coldrooms can be customised for maximum flexibility

Williams maintains rapid-response hospital coldroom team for installation and service

Williams Refrigeration’s team dedicated to installing and maintaining its modular coldrooms is remaining active during the current crisis. With a nationwide network of engineers and project management teams it is ready to respond quickly to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in need of additional refrigerated storage, and to keep existing installations operating at peak efficiency.

Williams has decades of experience offering a complete coldroom service to hospitals and other healthcare facilities covering a range of purposes. Some of the largest NHS trusts in the UK use Williams coldrooms to service central production kitchens, with installations that include storage, blast chillers/freezers and refrigerated prep rooms. These can be designed in order to help kitchens meet a range of dietary requirements while maintaining strict hygienic standards.

Williams coldrooms are completely modular, allowing them to be customised to fit almost any available space.  Where space is limited, they can be installed outside. Constructed using panels with zero ODP foam insulation, Williams is the only manufacturer to offer ceiling, floor and wall panels with camlocks. These are securely foamed into tongue and groove joints for a tight-locking, stable structure, eliminating the risk of ice build-up in joints and ensuring the integrity of the thermal envelope.

Every part of the coldroom has a number of options. Doors can be hinged, sliding, personnel style (with flip flap doors opening both ways) and fitted with viewing panels if required. Floors can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the application, including fibre glass reinforced resin or aluminium, as well as both galvanised and stainless steel. The internal space can be configured with different temperature zones, controlled from a simple touch screen, which can also be customised according to requirements.

This allows hospitals to quickly set up the infrastructure required for large scale catering, whether for cook chill, cook freeze or cook serve, and Williams has many years of experience completing projects without disrupting existing systems to help ensure no disruption of service.

Coldrooms can also be used to help reduce running costs, for example by using the heat exchangers to pre-heat the hot water supply.

“Williams has put plans in place to ensure we can continue to support caterers in the healthcare sector in these challenging times,” he adds. “Our team is able to respond quickly to any issues with existing coldrooms, and we have a track record of working to tight installation deadlines that is second to none.”

Williams provides support from the initial design stage, all the way through specification and construction and with a comprehensive support and aftercare service.

Williams Refrigeration offers a comprehensive range of commercial refrigeration including gastronorm cabinets and counters, specialist bakery equipment, coldrooms, merchandisers and blast chillers.