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Modular coolrooms – the next generation of refrigerated storage

With traditional refrigerated storage options lacking in size and functionality; Prestige Modular Coolrooms has created a product solution that meets both size and scalability requirements across the industry.

“Food and beverage businesses that require cooling and freezing facilities have really only two options – they’ll either build their own built-in coolroom should they own their premises, or rent a refurbished second-hand refrigerated shipping container,” said Marty Lauder, sales manager of Prestige Modular Coolrooms (PMC). A majority of businesses across the food and beverage industry require some form of cooling and freezing facilities. However, to date, there are limited options available.

“Most people that own their own warehouses also have the capital to build their own coolroom. However, most businesses are not like that; they will hire in, or lease, a repurposed shipping container. And that’s where we come in.”

Prestige Modular Coolrooms is Australia’s first and only company to supply fully modular coolrooms and freezers for commercial operations. The technology the coolrooms utilise is patent pending in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

While traditional refrigerated shipping container storage is often sold or rented as single units without integration abilities, one of the key benefits PMC’s units is the ability to grow and adjust with the business’s needs.

Jonah Hoac, general manager of Tak Hing (a manufacturer of steam buns), is one such company that found his businesses growth could no longer be facilitated using traditional refrigeration capabilities.

“As our company grew, frozen storage became scarce in our small warehouse,” said Hoac. “Prestige Modular Coolrooms was able to provide us with an affordable and efficient option. From site visit, to tailored solutions, to the physical delivery and setup of our unit, Marty walked us through the entire process each step of the way.”

What Hoac was experiencing was the power to customise cold chain storage within his business, through the flexibility of the modular design.

“If you have a large requirement for cooling and freezing, we can meet your requirements. Our modular units can be linked together to create your own coolroom solution without having to build a built-in unit,” said Lauder. “In this way, our units are suitable for both small and large operations alike.”

Lauder has also considered his consumers and their buying abilities, too.

“Typically, people that rent these are leasing a factory; and if you’re leasing a factory, you probably are not inclined to spend capital on a purpose-built coolroom,” said Lauder. “You can build your own coolroom by leasing our units, depending on how much capacity you require. If your business grows, you can keep adding units to it.”

But scalable abilities aside, Prestige Modular Coolrooms units have other benefits that come with the use of modern materials and designs.

“They are cheaper to run, quieter, and have a larger storage capacity,” said Lauder. “Our coolrooms are wider – our units are two pallets wide, which means you can fit eight pallets in them plus an additional centre walkway for easy access to the products. Most shipping containers can only fit four pallets in, so it’s the dimensions that really differentiate our product.”

According to Lauder, these units provide 35 per cent more space than standard refrigerated shipping containers.

“The modules work on a single-phase, 15A outlet, while our freezer units operate on three phase 20A outlets,” said Lauder. “It’s more energy efficient than regular coolrooms.”

No aspect of the design has been overlooked, including the flooring. Created with a checker-plate flooring design, the flooring aims to aid pallet and trolley movement as well as increase floor durability and decreasing cleaning time.

“The additional space allows us a lot more storage” said Julian Robertshaw, executive chef of Melbourne Racing Club. “The internal finish is clean and hygienic, and the advantages are that they are highly presentable and light in weight.”

The Melbourne Racing Club is an example of a client that reflects the ever-increasing demand for short-term use of cold storage.

With events and venue capacities increasing as the country emerges post COVID, Prestige Modular Coolroom units will not just be utilised as stationary, long-term factory storage units but also for temporary use during events.

According to David Provest, general manager of Prestige Modular Coolrooms, its modular coolrooms have been rented by big name venues like the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the Caulfield Racecourse.

“We also lease a dozen containers every January to the Australian Open Tennis, which goes for about a month to five weeks before and after the event,” said Provest. “These venues obviously have a fairly large requirement across that event to keep all products such as ice cream, drinks and alcohol, cold.”

As demand for cold chain storage continues to increase, Lauder and Provest have big plans for Prestige Modular Coolrooms.

“We are planning to be the preferred option in the temporary refrigerated space through our modular solution,” Lauder said. “Hundreds of businesses are starting off or growing rapidly that require temporary and long-term refrigeration. Most of these businesses are here for the long run – and so are we.”

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