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Do you have a problem with your hotel air conditioning, or are you renovating?

I could save you up to $7000 per year in air conditioning running costs, without spending any extra!

Choosing an air conditioning system for a hotel can be a harrowing experience. Recently an hotelier approached a number of contractors for air conditioning quotes. He received one quote for $40,000 while the others quoted $80,000. Would the $40,000 system meet his needs? As he is not an air conditioning expert, he approached me (Clive Blanchard) to review the quotes. Unfortunately the cheap quote did not meet his needs. However after an examination of those needs, I was able to come up with an alternative design which is saving $7,000 per year in running costs (compared to the most efficient quote he had received) but was still built for $80,000.

This example shows that employing a good Consulting Engineer will save you money while at the same time giving you confidence that you are getting what you need.

Nine reasons to have your air conditioning and ventilation system designed by Clive Blanchard, Consulting Mechanical Engineer

  1. I specialise in light commercial air conditioning projects with particular emphasis on hotels, clubs and restaurants.
  2. The computer programs I have developed enable me to respond in a timely fashion, and meet your schedule.
  3. As an independent consultant. I put your interests first, so you know you are getting the right system at the best possible price.
  4. I have 20 years experience covering all aspects of air conditioning and ventilation, so you can be confidant that your system will work.
  5. I am a recognised expert, on a Standards Australia Sub-committee, have spoken at seminars and had papers published on various aspects of air conditioning. For example one area of particular expertise is in avoiding hot and cold spots in buildings, so you can be confidant your customers will be comfortable.
  6. I am familiar with the relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia, so you can be confident your project complies with the relevant legal requirements.
  7. I have expertise in ventilation and air cleaning and the 'Tobacco Products Regulation Act' so your customers can be in a smoke free environment and you can obtain smoking exemptions if required.
  8. I will supervise the installation of the system so you don't need to worry whether the contractor is using appropriate construction standards.
  9. I will specify reliable equipment so you can be confident of trouble free operation.

Recent example projects

Links Hotel- major upgrade of the air conditioning and ventilation

Salisbury Hotel -major upgrade of the air conditioning and ventilation in the Gaming and Bistro areas

Kingsford Hotel- air conditioning of the gaming and TAB areas.

Finnsbury Hotel- air conditioning and ventilation of the strongroom

Hilton International Adelaide- a number of projects including replacement and upgrading of the kitchen evaporative cooler and ductwork.

Quality, environmental and safety considerations

I have a quality system, which is focused on meeting the clients needs at an economical price. My system ensures I keep up to date with relevant standards, EPA guidelines, etc. I am committed to delivering low energy use (and low running cost) systems within the clients' economic constraints. I review the safety of my designs prior to release for tender and prior to completion of the construction phase.

Design Spreadsheets.

I have developed a suite of spreadsheets to rapidly size equipment and ducts from a minimum of design input for light commercial air-conditioning projects. Many of the calculations are made using basic fluid dynamics principles or using fluid dynamics relationships to computerise published data.


'In my judgement, Clive, you got it right. Thank you.'

Tony Harnett, Manager, Kingsford Hotel.

'We are very pleased with the way it worked'

Ken Butterworth, Taverner Hotel Group

Qualifications and experience


How I will work with you

Whenever possible I quote a job as a fixed price so that you know exactly how much you are committing for. Often risks can be minimised by doing the project in stages and only committing to the next stage once the scope of work is defined. Once you have explained your needs I will advise of the preferred way to proceed.

Examples of typical projects

Strikes Gaming Room and Bistro at the Salisbury Hotel Now has excellent air conditioning and ventilation.

An interior view of the TAB bar at the Kingsford Hotel