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Hull Fish Auction




GEO Houlton & Sons Ltd

M&E Value:

£1.3 Million

Completion Date:

January 2001

About The Project:

This purpose built development on the city’s William Wright Dock consists of a two storey building incorporating offices, changing facilities, canteen, auction hall and a main temperature controlled 24 hour operational area which receives, sorts and displays the produce ready for auction.


All of the fish handling areas were required to be refrigerated to 1 degree C. This was achieved using room mounted cooling units with low velocity air distribution through fabric ducts. The cooling units are fed with propylene glycol at -10 deg C provided by two external air cooled chillers with internal pipework concealed within a central services bulkhead.


An unusual requirement was the need to dispose of up to 3.5 tonnes of waste ice every hour. The ice is delivered by conveyor into a melting tank, the heat for melting being provided by a submerged tubular heat exchanger.


A separate plant room provides heating, air conditioning, ventilation and public health systems to the office block and amenity areas. The whole of the services are controlled and monitored by a BMS (Building Management System) with front end computer and graphic representation of all plant and control functions. The BMS system can also be operated remotely from laptop computers in readiness for fish deliveries at any time of the day.


Energy efficient high frequency lighting was installed throughout the building with the lighting in the main areas having multiplex lighting levels for different operations.


An analogue addressable fire alarm system was installed with remote dialling facility to a central monitoring station and CCTV, security and access control systems were installed to NACOSS standards.

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