REL serves up new dining areas at intu Lakeside

REL has completed an electrical project at intu Lakeside in Essex, which will improve the dining experience at nine restaurants along the Boardwalk leisure area.

Appointed by main contractor Hatmet, REL has helped to transform the outdoor seating areas for each restaurant located alongside the Alexandra Lake.

New apprentice joins REL

New-ApprenticeWe're pleased to welcome Jake Briggs to REL who joins us as an electrical apprentice.

Sixteen-year-old Jake will be taking part in our long-established apprenticeship scheme, which has seen more than 20% of our existing employees work their way up the ranks into senior positions.

REL expands mechanical team

George-Yfantis REL has welcomed a new mechanical contracts manager to its team. Based at the company’s office in Bromley by Bow, London, George Yfantis brings more than 20 years’ experience to REL.

Improving energy efficiency for leisure centres


From Olympic size swimming pools with movable floors through to extreme sports areas, leisure centres are becoming significantly more advanced both in terms of technology and design. However, offering such a large number of facilities means that leisure centres must also find ways to improve energy efficiency.

Secret of success in the M&E market

Blog0117It’s not been easy for those operating in the M&E sector over the last few years, but there are many reasons to be positive as we look ahead into 2017.

As a business that continued to trade successfully throughout the downturn, we learnt a lot in those difficult times which has now strengthened our position in a market that’s slowly showing signs of improvement.

The Art of Concealed Electrical Infrastructure at Tate Modern

tate2-1Steve Jamieson discusses the installation of cable management within the concrete at Tate Modern’s new extension.

When Tate Modern first opened its doors at the refurbished Bankside Power Station in 2000, it became an instant icon of both architecture and the art world.

With the addition of TM2 to the south of the existing gallery, Tate has delivered another architectural icon. Designed by globally renowned architectural practice, Herzog & de Meuron, its twisted pyramid concrete structure rises 10 storeys high, matching the height of the former power station’s towers.

REL adds Romford leisure scheme to expanding project list

Romford1Building on its expertise in the leisure sector, REL has been awarded a contract to deliver the electrical works at a £25m leisure development.

Located in Romford, the scheme is being built by Willmott Dixon for Havering Council. It includes an eight-lane competition swimming pool, training pool, fitness suite, 56m x 26m ice rink and associated leisure facilities within the heart of the town centre.

Case study: Woodford County High School for Girls

MEP-RenderinREL delivered the electrical works for the £11.5m expansion of a secondary school in Essex, which was completed in June 2017 ready for the new school year.

The brief
Built by Kier, the extension at Woodford County High School for Girls includes 13 science laboratories, computing and classroom facilities, and a roof terrace.

REL tipped for top industry award

Ei-Awards17REL Electrical is in the running for one of the electrical industry's most respected awards.

The building services specialist is a finalist in the Project of the Year category at the Electrical Industry Awards 2017. Now in its 25th year, the awards programme brings together the entire UK electrical sector to reward and celebrate the very best in products, people, businesses and projects.

Lighting up leisure centres

Blog1706Lighting up leisure centres A state-of-the-art lighting system installed by REL is ensuring optimum performance, durability and energy efficiency at two multi-million-pound leisure complexes.

What should a main contractor expect from their M&E partner?

Blog0117What should a main contractor expect from their M&E partner?

For main contractors, a successful partnership with an M&E services provider ensures a project is delivered to the highest standard and as efficiently as possible.

To secure that partnership and provide the best possible service for your clients, here’s what you should expect from your M&E contractor:

Proud to be pegged against the biggest and the best

Waltham1b Last month saw our team attend one of our industry’s most established awards ceremonies. We were finalists at the H&V News Awards 2017, which celebrate excellence and the highest achievements in the building services industry.

With more than 1,100 people in attendance, this was an event which saw firms of all shapes and sizes from across the sector come together for a night which shone the spotlight on leading products, contractors and projects.

Are shrinking supply chains an opportunity or threat to M&E contractors?


With clients increasingly moving away from competitive tendering, does this mean challenge or opportunity for M&E contractors?

Tenders will always have their place in construction but in recent years, poor returns and limited time, has seen a shift away from formal tender processes. Instead, we’ve seen a much greater emphasis on partnership working, with contractors using a smaller number of trusted suppliers.

Blog: Should you invest in renewable energy systems?


Latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that businesses are slowly starting to take advantage of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Applications for the scheme, which provides support for low carbon heating, were up by 10% in Q1 2016 compared to Q4 2015.

This is a trend that mirrors our own experience. Within the last 12 months, we have started to see a notable rise in demand for renewable energy systems to make buildings more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Blog: Adding value in the leisure sector


New and improved leisure centres are on the rise, but delivering these facilities can be a complex task. Toby Buckley, managing director of REL Electrical, discusses some of the hurdles involved and the role M&E contractors can play in overcoming them.

Despite the financial pressures facing many local authorities, there has been no shortage of new leisure developments over the last 18 months. M&E contractors are increasingly working with contractors and councils across the UK to help improve services for local communities in fresh, creative ways. 

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