The Client

Bargain Depot is one of the biggest branded grocery clearance outlets in Victoria. Branded groceries, cleaning products, health and beauty products, confectionary and variety goods are all discounted at up to 70% off compared with regular supermarket prices.

The Challenge

Bargain Depots huge clearance store located in the busy hub of Sydney Rd Brunswick was in crucialneed of an efficient, yet scalable heating and air conditioning solution to keep not only their customers comfortable, but just as importantly maintain their shelved stock  between 18°C – 22°C at all times.

Air Control was given a blank canvas to work with as the supermarket was fitted out with everything it needed except the air conditioning & heating. Trading 7 days a week with hundreds of customers visiting each day, Bargain Depot needed to integrate over 180kw of heating & air conditioning into the property without any shut downs or store closures.

The Solution

After determining the heating and air conditioning requirements of the supermarket, Air Controldesigned and installed 180kw of reverse cycle air conditioning split up across x3 large rooftop package units.

With the supermarket incorporating an open ceiling design, the heating and cooling was introduced into the building through new custom designed spiral ductwork suspended from the ceiling and installed across x3 separate zoned areas.

To cater for the flexibility and efficiency in operation, Air Control installed a networked automatic control solution through a new Innotech building management system (BMS).

As part of the project, Air Control designed & installed a new steel platform to carry the weight of the new equipment sitting on the rooftop and was involved in the design of a new power supply brought into the building by the utility authorities to cater for the additional power load on the building.

The Result

The new system has provided the owners of the Bargain Depot Supermarket with a comfortable, manageable and efficient solution to keep their customers & staff comfortable whilst protecting their stock with a stable & consistent ambient environment.

Air Control installed the system during the supermarkets business hours and was able to provide the flexibility during the installation to enable the supermarket to continue trading business as usual.

The system is now controlled through custom designed software which allows each rooftop system to run on its own according to the heating and cooling loads through the supermarket and stage each compressor “on demand” which increases the overall running efficiency.


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