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Meridian training centre opens in Dorset

UK: Dorset now has its first and only refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump training centre following today’s official opening of the new Meridian RACHP Training centre.

Based in Ferndown, Meridian RACHP Training is s a partnership between Sam and Suzanne Lovell, owners of contractor Meridian Air Conditioning and Ventilation, and experienced assessor, verifier and lecturer Shaun Creech.

The facility was opened by current Institute of Refrigeration president and BESA technical director Graeme Fox. Here he is flanked by Shaun Creech (left) Suzanne Lovell and Sam Lovell

The 3,500ft2 facility comprises a large practical area, a brazing and test room and classroom for a maximum of 15. It is C&G and BESA approved and will provide a range of courses, including F-gas category 1, 2, 3 and 4, safe handling of flammable refrigerants, pipework and brazing and electrics, as well as meeting the predicted growth in demand for heat pump training.

“We are looking to grow our provision as we go forward and have already been approached by some companies about setting up specific courses for their employees on controls systems for ventilation systems,” said Shaun Creech, who will split his time between the new Meridian training centre and his role as assessor/lecturer at City of Portsmouth College. 

Creech has supported well over a thousand students during his career, including Meridian owner Sam Lovell. He is a Fellow and active member of the Institute of Refrigeration, sitting on the membership committee and working within the training section of the institute.

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