LONDON — 2 Sisters Food Group acquired the Rogerstone Park production facility in Leicester at the end of 2011. Now producing a range of products for the Group’s Chilled, Ambient and Frozen division, Rogerstone Park remains one of the largest food factories in the United Kingdom.

Star Refrigeration designed and built the site’s existing refrigeration system for operators R F Brookes in 1999 and extended the plant’s cooling capacity in 2005. In 2013, Star was again chosen to further extend the refrigeration capacity as part of an expansion plan at the site.

2 Sisters Food Group has built a factory extension at Rogerstone Park to accommodate a new frozen Yorkshire Pudding product line. Production has been transferred from another Group facility, including the relocation of a spiral freezer, custom built by Star Refrigeration group company Starfrost.

Star has extended two temperature circuits via an ammonia plate heat exchanger refrigeration system to serve the new building. An additional 115kW of cooling capacity at -15°C has been provided for the spiral freezer, while Tyfoxit coolant at -10 and 0°C supplies cooling for a chill room and production areas.

James Ward, Star Refrigeration’s director of sales – food market, said, “Our knowledge of the existing refrigeration system enabled us to extend cooling capacity to meet the client’s exact requirements. While working with the site’s engineering team, we confirmed existing cooling demand and determined that sufficient capacity was available without the need to add equipment to the plant room. This helped the client to minimize investment cost.”

Star worked closely alongside the main contractor throughout the project. As well as the design, build, and commissioning of the refrigeration system, Star was responsible for the supply and installation of pipework, ducting, wiring, control panels, and air handling units (AHUs).

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Publication date: 1/20/2014