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.
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.
Sean Corcoran, an REL electrician who joined the firm as an apprentice aged 16, has been promoted to Operations Manager.
REL has been tipped for a top title at the H&V News Awards 2017, which celebrate excellence and the highest achievements in the building services industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Willmott Dixon Construction has selected REL Electrical to deliver a £1.1m M&E contract as part of a £7.75m project, which will transform an historic town hall into a museum and art gallery.
As a company that’s been taking on apprentices for over 50 years, we have seen first-hand the value and the benefits.
Founded by my grandfather in 1950, REL has always recognised the need to train and support tomorrow’s tradesmen. One of the first apprentices to work for my grandfather, Arthur Fenttiman, is still working for us today after joining us 40 years ago as a trainee electrician. Not only that, but his sons Ben and Bobby have since followed in his footsteps also joining REL as apprentices.
It’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.
Steve 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.
Building 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.
There's been no shortage of coverage on BIM in recent months as our sector continues to debate the pros and cons. Although the latest NBS National BIM Survey shows industry support for the Government's approach to BIM, many SMEs, particularly those in the M&E industry, remain unsure about getting involved in the process.