• Julie Wheeler


We undertake the mechanical and electrical installation and technical maintenance of educational buildings including libraries, schools and colleges. Click on the relevant number above to access the case studies identified within the table:

2.   Suffolk One Sixth Form, ISG Jackson
3.   South Essex College, South Essex College
4.   Canada Water Library, Southwark Council
5.   Physics of Medicine Department, University of Cambridge
6.   London School of Economics
7.   Nottingham Trent University
8.   Norwich Schools PFI, Norfolk County Council
9.   Ormskirk School, Birse Civils
10. Bolton College, BAM Construction

Suffolk One Sixth Form Centre

ISG Jackson

Suffolk One Sixth Form Centre in Ipswich, East Anglia, provides learning opportunities for 16 to 19 year olds, along with access for 14 to 16 year olds to specialist and vocational subjects.

We installed a wide range of energy-efficient mechanical and electrical services, including Wind Catcher and Sunpipe systems that provide natural ventilation and light, along with roof-mounted solar panels to supply hot water. These systems enable Suffolk One to make long-term savings and reduce its carbon emissions.

In addition, our installation at Suffolk One included heating, above-ground drainage, gas supplies and air conditioning, along with lighting, mains and sub-mains cabling, power outlets, alarm systems, CCTV and a standby generator.

Technical Facilities Management

South Essex College

South Essex College of Further and Higher Education is located over three main sites in Basildon, Southend-on-Sea and Grays in Essex. The college provides courses for students of all ages, from teenagers through to undergraduates, adults and businesses.

To help keep the college operating effectively and efficiently every day, we undertake a programme of planned preventative and reactive mechanical and electrical maintenance across its three campuses, also ensuring that sub-contractors who are employed to take on specialist roles are managed accordingly.

Canada Water Library

Southwark Council

Canada Water Library is a state-of-the-art building and the first in the capital to have a 150-seat theatre. It holds 40,000 books and also boasts a café, meeting rooms and evening class space.

We delivered the mechanical and electrical installation at the ‘super library’ and provide on-going technical facilities management.  The team constantly reviews the energy used by the building via the comprehensive metering system. This helps to manage its’ long-term energy profile, pro-actively promote savings and highlight any trends and potential issues for the client.

Physics of Medicine Department

University of Cambridge

To integrate the research and teaching elements of the Department of Physics of Medicine, the University of Cambridge commissioned the building of a new centre to allow them to be brought together under one roof.  This will ensure the efficient transmission of knowledge from laboratory to lecture theatre and enable the planned expansion of research activity.

We were engaged to install the mechanical and electrical services for the new department, which included reverse osmosis water treatment, low velocity fume cupboards, helium recovery system, door access and security, daylight controlled lighting, fire alarms, nitrogen, free cooling chiller and building management system installation.

London School of Economics and Political Science


LSE is the leading social science institution in the world.  It is home to many of the world’s leading experts and cutting edge research.  The school offers courses not only in economics and political science, but also in a wide range of social science subjects, taught within 19 departments and a number of interdisciplinary institutes.

We were appointed to carry out the mechanical and electrical services installation to the new Lionel Robbins Building.  As part of this, a mechanical natural ventilation system was installed, which helps to achieve one of the main objectives to reduce overall building energy consumption.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is one of the largest universities in the UK, with around 28,000 students split over three campuses. A £70 million refurbishment and development project was undertaken in 2005, regenerating some of the university’s largest and oldest buildings at the City, Clifton and Brackenhurst sites.

As the appointed contractor for the mechanical and electrical services installation, we played a key role in restoring and enhancing the existing and new buildings. This included lighting, power, external lighting, CCTV, security system, fire alarm, IT cabling, ventilation system, solar and low pressure hot water heating, to meet the new high tech requirements of the university. Working closely with Bowmer & Kirkland, Arup Consultants and Hopkins Architects, we also developed the design coordination for the project.

Norwich Schools PFI

Norfolk County Council

This project was for the refurbishment of one and the construction of five new primary schools in Norwich, including Lakenham, Northfields (Bluebell) and Milecross. The schools were intelligently designed to facilitate community use and generate 10% of their energy requirements through renewable sources.

We delivered the design and installation of all the mechanical and electrical services for this project, which included lighting, power, external lighting, CCTV, security system, fire alarm, IT cabling, ventilation system, solar and low pressure hot water heating.

Ormskirk School

Birse Civils

Ormskirk School is a large mixed comprehensive school and Sixth Form College, accommodating approximately 1400 pupils.  Located in the market town of Ormskirk in West Lancashire, it was created in 2001 from the amalgamation of two schools – Cross Hall High School and Ormskirk Grammar School – which between them boast a rich 400-year history.

We carried out the full design and build of mechanical and electrical engineering services to the school, which was the largest single school building development in the UK at the time.  Our work included installation of a rainwater harvesting system, intelligent lighting control, CCTV, ventilation and environmental control, fire alarms and building management systems.

Bolton College

BAM Construction

Bolton College provides high quality vocational training to enhance students’ qualifications, skills and employability.  It boasts over 800 full and part-time courses delivered at seven campuses around Bolton.

On behalf of the college, BAM Construction developed three new education buildings on Deane Road, opposite The University of Bolton, with the aim of expanding learning opportunities for the local community.  We delivered the mechanical and electrical works on these new buildings, including lighting, power, CCTV, IT cabling infrastructure and fire alarms.