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Published: 21 October 2021


ACR Trainee of the Year Finalists

Industrial refrigeration specialist SURE Solutions and Norfolk-based renewables company R A Brown Heating Services each claimed two awards and a highly commended spot at the 10th annual National ACR & Heat Pump Awards at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

The sell-out event, hosted by ACR Journal and Heat Pumps Today, and compered by comedian Bobby Davro, also incorporated the Trainee of the Year Awards for the first time.

SURE retained its title as ACR Contractor of the Year and also won Environmental Initiative of the Year for its Sustainability Programme. It was highly commended behind ASDA/CBES in the Refrigeration Project category.

R A Brown was judged to have completed the best Air Source Project for a new-build family home and the outstanding Domestic Ground Source Project for a complete house renovation, adding second place in the Heat Pump Installer category,  behind Calibrate Energy Engineering.

Linda McVittie of J & E Hall was named ACR Woman of the Year and John Billson, managing director of Beijer Ref UK & Ireland, received the Phil Creaney ACR Champion award. Luke Haile, of Lightfoot Defence/Eastleigh College, was recognised as ACR Trainee of the Year.

ROLL OF HONOUR 2021

ACR Trainee of the Year
Winner
Luke Haile – Lightfoot Defence/Eastleigh College
Runner-up
Jessica Long – SURE Solutions/Hugh Baird College
Highly Commended 
Steven Watson – Lynx AC/Grimsby Institute

ACR Woman of the Year
Linda McVittie – J & E Hall

ACR Contractor of the Year
Winner
SURE Solutions
Highly Commended
3D Facilities Support

Training Provider of the Year
Winner
Grimsby Institute
Highly Commended
Daikin UK

Marketing Initiative of the Year
Winner
Daikin UK – Energy for Change Campaign
Highly Commended
BESA/Mitsubishi Electric – A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality

ACR Ancillary Product of the Year
Winner
Mitsubishi Electric – Plasma Quad Connect
Highly Commended
Panasonic – nanoe X

Heat Pump Product of the Year
Winner
Vaillant – aroTHERM Plus
Highly Commended
GS Renewable – Portable Plant Room

Air Source Project of the Year
Winner
R A Brown Heating Services – Family Dream Home
Highly Commended
Vaillant – 15th Century Hunting Estate

ACR Project of the Year
Winner
Exi-tite and KPR Mechanical – Midland Hotel Chilled Water Refit
Highly Commended
Fujitsu General Air Conditioning – Replacement Chilled Water System

Domestic Ground Source Project of the Year
Winner
R A Brown Heating Services – Complete House Renovation
Highly Commended
Matrix Energy Systems – Valley Farmhouse

Heat Pump Installer of the Year
Winner
Calibrate Energy Engineering
Highly Commended
R A Brown Heating Services

Chiller Product of the Year
Winner
Aermec UK – TBA Glycol Free Chiller
Highly Commended
Tecumseh – Infinee with R290 Refrigerant

Refrigeration Project of the Year
Winner
ASDA & CBES – ASDA Adiabatic Solution Rollout
Highly Commended
SURE Solutions – Lazenby's, Cranswick Foods

ACR Product of the Year
Winner
Toshiba –- Seventh Generation VRF
Highly Commended
Panasonic – nanoe X

Non-Domestic Ground Source Project of the Year
Winner
Finn Geotherm – Six-Phase District Heating Scheme
Highly Commended
GS Renewable – Hale Park

Refrigeration Product of the Year
Winner
BITZER UK – ECOLITE Range of Condensing Units
Highly Commended
TEV – A2L SysteMatch with Micro-channel Coil

Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year
Winner
Secon and AUK Distribution
Highly Commended
MHI Direct

Environmental Initiative of the Year
Winner
SURE Solutions – SURE Sustainability Programme
Highly commended
WAVE/ASDA – Total Cost of Ownership Calculator

Phil Creaney ACR Champion
John Billson – Beijer Ref UK & Ireland