Case Studies

Irwins Bakery

100 years of excellence





Overview

Irwin’s have been baking bread for over 100 years. The company is Northern Ireland’s largest independent bakery supplying a wide range of traditional Irish breads throughout the United Kingdom. Based at Carne Industrial Estate, Portadown, the company’s premises are sizeable. As part of AJ Hurst’s assigned project a total of nine different areas were placed under review, including the main production area, an ingredients and export store, a flow-wrap and dispatch area, loading bays, two packaging stores and a garage. A comprehensive lighting survey revealed that a variety of inefficient lighting was being used throughout the premises – from old-fashioned florescent lighting to various types of HID lighting fixtures.

AJ Hurst devised a solution to provide the company with T5 240watt lamps from UK manufacturers Dexeco, several of which would be fitted with movement sensors to minimize the risk of energy over-usage in lesser used areas of the site.

“The nature of the business meant that it was only appropriate to fit movement sensors in certain areas,” explained Mark Goldsbrough, Sales Director at AJ Hurst. “While it’s great to see clients embrace technology there’s simply no point in going to the expense of installing movement sensors in areas where there is constant movement and it is therefore not practical.”

A total of 231 new light fittings were installed replacing the original 228.

Dexeco delivered in a period of 7-10 days and the installation was carried out over a period of four to six weeks.

“With a bakery that is virtually operating 24/7 we needed to be flexible in terms of working arrangements,” continued Mark. “The contract was carried out by Irwin’s own contractor, AW Controls, and we worked closely with principal, Andrew Willis, to ensure everything was in place, as and when required.”

Irwin’s Bakery is expected to make savings in the region of £13,000 per year as a result of the work. “We were also able to secure a Carbon Trust loan for the client,” explained Mark. This is an interest-free unsecured loan against the cost of the fittings, which can also be used against the cost of installation. And because the Dexeco light fittings are on the Energy Technology list, clients can make further savings by having the cost of the fittings offset against company profits (referred to as an enhanced capital allowance).

“We were very happy with the work carried out by A J Hurst,” explained Energy and Maintenance Manager at Irwin’s Bakery, Alan Roberts. “As a company that is operating 24/7 it’s important that we can maximise on efficiencies and the change over from HID low bay lighting to the new T5 fluorescent lighting will undoubtedly result in substantial savings.”

“Their approach from start to finish was very professional from a scheme presentation that was presented to our management team right through to the work carried out on site.”

Benefits of the switching to Energy Efficient Lighting:

  • Considerable savings
  • Improved light levels
  • Better working environment
  • Reduction in carbon emissions

AJ Hurst’s success is due in no small part to the priority its staff affords to exemplary customer service, attention to detail and commitment to ensuring value for money.

Customer service, product range, staying at the leading edge of innovation, the wide range of contacts we have with leading suppliers, the internal level of technical design and installation excellence all contribute to making AJ Hurst unique in the marketplace.

As a company that is operating 24/7 it’s important that we can maximise on efficiencies and the change over from HID low bay lighting to the new T5 fluorescent lighting will undoubtedly result in substantial savings.
Alan Roberts, Energy and Maintenance Manager

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