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UK film and TV boosts demand for HVAC hire support for studios

According to Carrier Rental Services, the new ‘Golden Age’ of British film and television is resulting in larger demand for specialist temporary cooling and heating for use in studios and on location.

Effective temperature control in film studios is critical due to heat loading from lights and other equipment.

Andrew Driver, who heads film and television support for Carrier Rental Systems, said: “The UK film and television industry is booming. We are currently supporting several major film and television projects in and around London, all requiring significant deployments of specialist temporary cooling, heating and ventilation equipment.”

He added: “Carefully controlled environmental conditions are vital not only for studios and large purpose-built sets, but also for workshops and behind-the-scenes areas to ensure a high quality working environment for creative and technical staff.”

One current project involves the supply of on-site cooling for a multi-stage set for a new global television series. Carrier Rental Systems air handling units linked to chillers deliver cool, fresh air throughout the stage set to counteract thermal load from lighting and other equipment.

The project will require continuing support with specialist HVAC hire equipment as sets evolve and requirements change.

In another project, Carrier Rental Systems deployed air handling units and packaged boilers for the filming of a new blockbuster science-fiction movie. In addition to front-of-house cooling for studios, it requires significant ventilation for creative workshops.

Mr Driver said: “Workshops are often required to produce large mouldings made from synthetic rubber and other materials for use on set. This can generate powerful fumes that have to be quickly removed from the working area to ensure health and safety. Our ventilation system is designed with extract points above work areas to rapidly remove these fumes from the space.”

In addition to maintaining safe, comfortable conditions in studios and workshops, Carrier Rental Systems also provides portable cooling equipment for use in temporary offices and projector rooms, used to view and evaluate film footage taken each day.

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