The Icescape ice rink system

How Does Our Ice Rink System Work?

We often get asked questions about how our temporary ice rinks work –

  • ‘Are your ice rinks made of real ice?’
  • ‘How do you transport and set up the ice rink?’
  • ‘How long does it take to install and freeze?’

So how does our system work?

At Icescape we use our own unique ice system which has been specifically designed for its rapid deployment and quick-freezing properties. Our bespoke aluminium piping design is the most energy efficient system on the market and it comes in folded sections so it is easily transported and installed. The aluminium elements are made up of 1m wide and 5m long sections. These can be made to any lengths, to create an ice rink any size, big or small. You can find more about how our system works here.

Diagram of the Icescape Ice Rink System

You need to ensure that you have enough power on site and a water supply. Liquid glycol refrigerant is pumped around the system from the buffer tank. Using low footprint chillers is refrigerated to the required temperature.

The ice pad is then flooded with water to form the first later of ice. Then this process is repeated until the combined layers are thick enough to provide a high quality smooth ice skating surface for your rink.

Typically it will take 2-3 days to build the ice rink and then a further 36-72 hours to freeze the water, but this will depend on the size and construction of each ice rink.

You will also have to factor where the ice rink is going to be placed for your event. The ground needs to be level, so a flooring system may need to be installed which will also add to the build time depending on the size of your ice rink. Our friends at Danco offer various flooring options if your planning event on uneven ground.