REL tipped for two top awards

REL Building Services has been named a finalist in two categories at the H&V News Awards.
Now in their 25th year, the awards celebrate the highest achievements across the building services industry.

REL has been recognised for its role in transforming an historic town hall into a new museum and art gallery in the centre of St Albans. The project has been shortlisted in the Retrofit Project of the Year category, and Project of the Year category (above £0.5m).

Constructed by Willmott Dixon, St Albans Museum and Art Gallery spans three floors and features extensive exhibition space, a temperature-controlled gallery, shop, café and public meeting areas.

REL was responsible for the design and installation of all mechanical and electrical (M&E) services, including specialist lighting, underfloor heating, boiler plants, ventilation, air conditioning and advanced security systems.

Throughout the multi-million-pound project, REL worked closely with architectural, planning and heritage consultants, including Historic England, to ensure the M&E services were appropriately designed for the listed building and installed to minimise visual impact as well as protect the property’s fabric.

Toby Buckley, REL’s managing director said: “This was a complex, transformative project which has rescued and restored a landmarkGrade II listed building.

“The effective design and installation of building services was a fundamental element of the work, ensuring the new museum and art gallery could significantly reduce energy use and that all historic features were retained and enhanced.

“The building is now a major community asset, which we are really proud to say we played a part in.  Making the final in two categories at our industry’s most prestigious and long-running awards is the icing on the cake.”

The awards dinner and ceremony will take place on 25 April 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend.

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