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MEP consultants Manchester

Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) consultants in Manchester are at the heart of the city’s regeneration, focused on making Manchester a destination place to live, work and visit. MEP consultants in Manchester play a significant part in the construction boom that comes hand in hand with regenerating such an iconic city.

Major development projects involving MEP consultants in Manchester city centre have attracted considerable investment. These include Piccadilly, First Street, NOMA, Mayfield, St John’s and Great Jackson Street.

Construction projects need MEP consultants to create safe and fully functioning buildings. On projects across Manchester, MEP consultants work closely with architects and property owners from the point of designing bespoke mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for the building through to post-construction.

Robert Whetham Associates are MEP consultants based in Manchester. We design mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems based on efficiencies that minimise operation costs for both new builds and refurbishment projects. On refurbishment projects we identify energy deficiencies in mechanical, electrical and plumbing services in existing buildings and find ways to improve their overall performance.

The MEP consultancy services are an essential part of our building services consultancy.

 

Why use a building services consultancy?

 

A building services consultancy offers a tailored approach

A building services consultancy such as Robert Whetham Associates will find out what you need to achieve from your new build or refurbishment. We work closely with architects to create building services designs that are bespoke to your needs. You are consulted at each stage of the process to ensure your vision is being realised.

 

All of your essential services are designed to work together

By using separate contractors to design each building service there is a strong chance that the finished systems won’t work cohesively. Services such as plumbing, energy sources, ventilation, heating, telecoms, power supply, lifts, fire detection, electrics and lighting need to be configured to operate as a unit as well as independently. We ensure we maximise the use of all services when creating our building services designs.

 

MEP consultants Manchester

 

Protect your bottom line

A building services consultancy creates designs that achieve the best possible performance from the building’s services. This protects your bottom line from the outset. We agree to a budget and scrutinise the cost and purchase of all materials to keep the project on budget and within agreed timescales.

 

Sustainable and renewable energy

MEP consultants help clients to focus on sustainable and renewable energy to maximise the energy efficiency of their buildings. Sometimes with the help of software such as energy modelling, MEP consultants can introduce systems such as high-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment, lighting retrofits and other environmentally friendly designs.

Photovoltaic (PV) cells are a popular choice for sustainable and renewable energy in new builds and refurbishments. A single solar panel has many PV cells. Building-integrated PVs are being increasingly incorporated into new buildings and retrofitted into existing buildings as a principal source of electrical power. MEP consultants often recommend solar energy because the systems don’t produce any greenhouse gas when in use, they are silent and don’t necessarily need sunny days to operate.

As well as solar power and wind turbines, other recent developments in sustainable and renewable energy in buildings include biomass (renewable organic material from plants and animals) and hydrogen applications. Combined, these sources of energy are decreasing the use of conventional energy sources.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. MEP consultants use this as a framework for healthy and highly efficient green buildings. There are many cost savings to be made in consulting the LEED rating system.

 

Energy Assessments

Another role of MEP consultants in maintaining environmental standards is carrying out energy assessments with a view to awarding an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The assessment provides information on how energy efficient the building is based on a rating from A to G. Buildings with an A rated energy assessment are the most energy efficient. It is illegal to rent a commercial property with an EPC rating of the two lowest grades, F or G.

Current legislation dictates that all commercial buildings must have an EPC assessment if the building is to be sold, leased or if construction work is planned. As well as providing a rating, the MEP’s energy assessment will include suggested improvements such as upgrading the insulation or switching to more eco-friendly systems.

Energy assessments were brought in to tackle climate change. The grading system ensures that domestic and commercial buildings are running to high environmental standards. For commercial property owners, a commercial EPC is extremely valuable because it attracts buyers or tenants who know that a good EPC rating means lower fuel costs.

Robert Whetham Associates MEP consultants provide energy assessments for clients who are looking to sell, buy or rent buildings. We provide a full energy assessment with the appropriate rating and advise on ways to make buildings more energy efficient. If required we can then provide a quotation for carrying out the work.

 

Condition Surveys

As MEP consultants, Robert Whetham Associates are regularly commissioned to carry out condition surveys of the services in buildings. For businesses considering a purchase or tenancy this is essential to make sure that the building’s services are up to scratch.

The condition survey involves a detailed inspection of a building to establish its physical, mechanical, electrical and plumbing condition. Each element is described and assessed in great detail. From this, the client is provided with an indication of future repairs, maintenance, decoration and renewal of each section of the building. They are also given an indication of the cost to carry out any improvements.

A condition survey may be requested if construction work is planned, or in preparation for a sale or tenancy. While it may be seen as an unwelcome cost, it can prove to be far less expensive than emergency repairs when problems have worsened.

 

Get in touch

Are you looking for MEP consultants in Manchester? Get in touch to find out how Robert Whetham Associates can assist with your project.

Building services consulting engineers

Building services consulting engineers provide a comprehensive package of services to the construction and property management sectors. They are tasked with designing, installing and maintaining the systems that make buildings safe and fully functional.

This requires a wide spectrum of skill and experience. The areas that come under the remit of building services consulting engineers include:

-Energy resources (gas/electricity and others)

-Energy efficiency

-Telecoms and broadband

-Lighting

-Water sources, sewage and drainage

-Plumbing

-Air conditioning

-Heating

-Lifts and escalators

-Ventilation

-Fire detection

-Acoustics

 

We are building services engineering consultants in Manchester

Robert Whetham Associates is a firm of building services engineering consultants based in Manchester. We are problem solvers and innovators.

We were established in 2003 as building services engineering consultants in Manchester to work on refurbishments and new build projects across a range of sectors throughout the region:

 

  • Education – nurseries, schools, colleges and universities
  • Healthcare – as an approved North West Consortium of NHS Trusts consultancy, we work on hospitals and healthcare premises across almost 40 Trusts
  • Emergency services – clients include Greater Manchester Police and the North West Ambulance Service
  • Industrial and commercial – we provide mechanical and electrical building services on refurbishment and new build factory and office installations
  • Railway construction – we are RISQS (Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) approved to provide the highest quality building services engineering consultancy to the railway industry. This gives us a unique advantage over other building services engineering consultants.

 

Our tailored approach ensures that we listen carefully to the needs of our clients to produce bespoke solutions that enhance their property, from both a practical and a design perspective. We can either work independently, directly with the client or as part of a wider construction team. Our connection with architects and our ever-evolving network of partners means that we are given many opportunities to collaborate with other innovative contractors.

We’re proud of our membership of The Association for Consultancy and Engineering and our place on the CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) Low Carbon Consultants Register.

At the core of our business is mechanical and electrical design, but as building services consulting engineers in Manchester we offer a range of other essential services.

 

Building services consulting engineers

 

Condition surveys

We can provide crucial advice to property owners and construction companies in Manchester by carrying out a condition survey. The survey produces information on the condition of the building and any maintenance requirements. We advise on the best way to proceed with the building with clear costings.

 

Building appraisals

For prospective Manchester property purchasers or tenants, we provide a full appraisal of services within a building. Based on our findings, we make recommendations for any improvements with a clear outline of costs. This information is crucial to whether a sale or tenancy goes ahead.

 

Railway construction

As RISQS approved consultants we have demonstrated a commitment to providing a high-quality building services engineering consultancy to the rail industry. A RISQS certification gives rail industry buyers confidence that we are approved, compliant and capable in providing building services specifically to their sector.

 

Service checks

We carry out mechanical and electrical service checks on work that has been done by other contractors on buildings across the Manchester region. The service check includes reporting on the status of essential services such as lighting, ventilation, lifts and so on. The client is presented with a comprehensive analysis and design check of installed services.

 

Industry-leading mechanical and electrical design services

Since its inception, Robert Whetham Associates has been focused on offering industry-leading mechanical and electrical design services.

Mechanical and electrical design services include decisions on the installation and flow of heating, power supply and distribution, telecoms and broadband, IT, access systems, ventilation and so on. Each element of the mechanical and electrical infrastructure is co-dependent so it is essential that the design of mechanical and electrical services takes into account all aspects and how they interact.

Without fully understanding what the client wants it is impossible to deliver a successful end result. From a clear understanding of a client’s vision, we are able to design mechanical and electrical services that bring a building to life. Mechanical and electrical design specifications for buildings differ considerably. What matters for one client may not be important to another. This could be down to the purpose of the building or the design-led elements that create the ambience and ‘feel’.

In the design stage of mechanical and electrical services, it is also essential that due consideration is given to scalability. The use of a building often changes so being able to scale up or down without too much additional cost and time needs to be considered within the initial design. This includes being able to close off sections of the building for a period of time, or selling or letting them to other buyers or tenants.

 

Building services consulting engineers

 

Case studies

In pursuing our reputation for industry-leading mechanical and electrical design services, we have been privileged to work on several key projects.

North West Ambulance Services

For the North West Ambulance Service, we provided a resilient standby power arrangement that improved an ambulance centre’s fight against closure due to power failures. Our designs also created a people-friendly centre that has flexibility for future expansion.

Venus 217

We carried out a detailed design of a warehouse and office development for the Venus 217 site on Knowlsey Industrial and Business Park. We were appointed after construction had begun so we were working under particularly tight deadlines. The result was an energy-efficient building delivered on time and to a budget that benefited from low energy technology including solar panels.

British Car Auctions

British Car Auctions (BCA) commissioned Robert Whetham Associates to provide mechanical and electrical services on the construction of new buildings at their Manchester Belle Vue site. We introduced modular ‘plug and play’ lighting connections and a range of renewable and sustainable technologies including photovoltaic panels that met local authority energy targets.

 

Get in touch

For information on how Robert Whetham Associates can advise on your project as building services consulting engineers, get in touch.

Top 10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch for in 2022

The construction industry in 2022 will be focused on meeting post-pandemic challenges. There will also be a need to embrace new construction industry trends and priorities.

Robert Whetham Associates is a leading Mechanical and Electrical Building Services consultancy. We collaborate on a diverse range of construction projects throughout the UK. Here we bring you ten top construction industry trends, to see what ‘buildingindustry2022’ will look like.

 

Modular Construction

Modular construction and prefabrication will continue to feature in building trends due to the reduced material and shipping costs and construction waste associated with this form of construction. With the added bonus of a shortened construction timeline, modular building is here for the long term.

 

3D Printing

The 3D printing process constructs items layer by layer. A modern construction trend, 3D printing is typically more affordable and quicker than traditional building methods. 3D printing is particularly useful for building basic or emergency housing, or replacement parts that are needed at the construction site.

 

Sustainability

There is no sign of the demand for sustainable construction slowing down in 2022. A focus on environmentally friendly materials, transport and building techniques have a positive impact on a construction company’s brand identity. Expectations of sustainability are high in the industry and construction firms want to be seen to be proactive in this area.

 

Zero Carbon Buildings

Zero carbon buildings are very much on the agenda for construction industry trends in 2022. Zero carbon buildings are highly energy efficient. They’re powered by on or offsite renewable energy sources, with any balance of carbon offset. The Paris Climate Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. Zero carbon buildings play a major part in the target of almost halving global emissions by 2030.

 

Robots

Robotics are impacting many industries. In the building industry, they are being increasingly used to perform tasks on construction sites including painting, loading and bricklaying. It means that workers have less mundane, repetitive tasks to do. The use of robots reduces injuries and gives workers the opportunity to do more complex work.

 

Redesigned Protective Equipment for Women

Previously women on construction sites had no choice but to wear PPE designed for men. Now women have customised work gear that is much safer as it fits correctly, so is no longer loose and hazardous.

 

workems hats piled up,Construction Industry Trends

 

New construction materials

To maximise profits and build sustainably, construction companies must reduce building material costs and source sustainable building materials. These include recycled materials, 3D printed building materials, bendable concrete (Engineered Cementitious Composite – EEC) that uses less cement and is, therefore, more sustainable, and engineered timber which is the bonding of several types of softwood that produces fewer emissions and less waste.

 

A focus on finding and retaining workers

A construction project will be delayed if there are not enough workers. As with 2021, 2022 will continue to see a skills gap in the construction industry. Companies need to innovate in how they hire and train workers. Competitive wages will certainly help, along with better benefits, improved training and development, better quality tools and the adoption of new technologies.

 

Digitalisation in construction

Digital technologies improve productivity, safety, and efficiency in the construction industry. Cloud-based construction software offers great improvement in real-time communication, workflow, collaboration, and document tracking. Smart project management tools for job scheduling and budgeting reduce expenses and inefficiencies.

With appropriate machine learning, AI can promote safety by analysing photos of a construction site and identifying hazardous situations. AI can also detect high-risk trends in worker behaviour or be used to make better-informed decisions through improved forecasting.

 

Get in touch

If you require Mechanical and Electrical Building Design Consultants for your construction project, contact the team at Robert Whetham Associates for a no-obligation chat.

What are the Latest Trends in Offsite Construction?

Offsite construction is becoming increasingly adopted as a way to build sustainably. Previously considered niche, its benefits have made it a popular approach for even the largest of construction projects.

 

What is offsite construction?

Offsite construction is the process of building elements of a construction project away from the building site.  The manufacture, design, fabrication and pre-assembly of building elements take place in a factory environment that is remote from their final, intended location. This includes modular construction and prefab construction.

Robert Whetham Associates are Mechanical and Electrical Services Consulting Engineers. Our building services designs are very much focused on sustainability, with our modern construction methods a natural choice for offsite construction.

 

What are the benefits of offsite construction?

  • – Sustainability: offsite construction reduces carbon emissions by reducing travel to and from the site, limiting landfill of waste products, limiting embodied emissions and providing a more sustainable structure.
  • – Building offsite results in less disruption to a project due to spending less time on site.
  • – The enhanced quality of offsite builds is well documented. This is due partly to the controlled environment, in-factory quality checks and a lower defect rate.
  • – Without being at the mercy of weather conditions, offsite construction helps projects to be completed significantly faster
  • – Earlier occupation results in a faster return on investment
  • – Offsite construction helps projects to be delivered on budget due to a tighter control on labour and processes.

 

off site construction workers in the warehouse

 

Offsite construction trends

 

Sustainability in construction

Offsite construction is aligned with one of the greatest global trends in recent history: sustainability and reducing carbon emissions, factors that greatly influence buying decisions.

According to Sustainability Magazine, offsite construction “comes into its own in the acceleration of meaningful and affordable action to eliminate waste, reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint and improve user experience.” They cite elements such as improved airtightness, reduced embodied carbon and the capacity of innovative modular suppliers to produce net zero-carbon buildings.

 

The use of innovative materials and techniques

Offsite construction uses a range of innovative materials such as 3D printing technology. The initial stages of offsite construction involve volumetric construction, including modular construction, which facilitates the prefabrication of heavy 3D structures such as rooms.

Panelised construction techniques are increasingly used in offsite construction. The process creates panels for walls, floors and roofs, and is used in modern commercial buildings to install partitions and support structures.

 

off site construction taking place in the warehouse

 

As building services designers, Robert Whetham Associates continuously push boundaries in innovative design and the products used in modern construction methods.

 

Traditional contractor and modular manufacturer partnerships

Skills shortages are instigating the collaboration of traditional contractors with offsite fabricators as traditional contractors look for ways to reduce their reliance on labour to meet their contractual obligations.

Rather than having to choose between modular construction and conventional construction, this hybrid collaborative approach is having a positive impact on productivity and scheduling.

 

Standardisation of materials and processes

Offsite construction is encouraging supply chain best practices in the construction industry to manage the complex logistics of moving hundreds of prefabricated components to construction sites. This includes the standardisation of materials and processes using part numbers and inventory.

The factory-like approach of offsite construction is expected to create standardised components with serialised part numbers that can be used in multiple construction projects. This is a world away from a traditional build approach.

 

Can we help?

For expert help or advice on offsite construction that meets sustainability targets, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham Associates. We design and provide building service solutions for traditional and offsite construction projects, and facilitate a reduction in the carbon emissions of existing buildings.

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

Robert Whetham Associates are leading M&E engineers based in Manchester. Mechanical and electrical services are key to any construction project. As M&E design consultants in Manchester, we have played a pivotal role in the success of many local and national construction developments.

 

The Manchester property scene is undergoing major change

 

Manchester has experienced a property build and redevelopment boom over the last decade that is set to continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Skyscrapers, office blocks and apartment buildings will continue to transform Manchester’s ever-changing skyline.

As MEP consultants (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) based in Manchester, Robert Whetham Associates are proud to be involved in this key period of change for the city. The majority of the redevelopment that will require the services of M&E engineers is in areas that have been earmarked for regeneration for some time such as Deansgate, Mayfield and NOMA.

Some of our own recent projects include Manchester Metropolitan University, Coventry Fire Station and Harter Street Apartments in Manchester City Centre. We have contributed to these, and other projects, either as M&E engineers, M&E design consultants, mechanical design consultants or electrical services consultants.

 

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment
 

How we get involved

 

Our involvement in each project varies. We can project manage, or collaborate with other contractors under the leadership of the client or their nominated main contractor. With almost two decades of experience as M&E engineers in Manchester, the value to the client of our involvement soon becomes obvious. Our tenacity in finding solutions to problems that may initially appear insurmountable can save considerable time and cost.

Expertise in mechanical and electrical services offers a significant benefit to any construction site. Whether it’s a small project or a major development, mechanical design consultants bring innovation and practical solutions to refurbishments or new build developments that are transforming city spaces.

 

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

 

How can we help?

 
For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers in Manchester, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We’d be delighted to share our experience and industry insight to assist with both local and national projects.

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

Zero carbon building design is a gradual, strategic process focused on energy savings, practical end-user functionality and stunning features.

Robert Whetham Associates are Mechanical & Electrical Design Consultants. We collaborate with contractors on a range of projects across many sectors, with increasing focus on nett zero carbon rated building projects.

What is the process in designing a nett zero carbon rated building?

We begin with design measures to reduce the energy consumption, and therefore carbon emissions.

Passive design measures

There are several passive design measures that can be implemented to reduce energy consumption.

Building fabric improvement

This involves the improvement of U-values which is the rate of transfer of heat through a structure. Measured in W/m²K, the lower the U-value, the better insulated the structure is.

 

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

Daylighting strategy

Maximising daylighting levels with full height glazing reduces the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.

Solar shading

Solar shading with devices such as Brise Soleil, deflects direct sunlight and significantly reduces heat gain through large glass doors and windows, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning systems.

Ventilation

We facilitate natural ventilation by installing windows that can be easily opened, reducing the need for mechanical ventilation which consumes energy.

Other passive design measures

As well as the core measures above, to reduce energy consumption we would also consider:

– The site location
– Site weather
– Any microclimate
– Building layout
– Building orientation – positioning against seasonal variations such as the sun’s path or prevailing winds
– Building occupancy type

 

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

Baseline Model

From the passive design exercise, we derive a baseline model. This will typically include a gas fired boiler or other heating source.

The baseline model is a clearly defined project plan and fixed reference point to measure a project’s progress. It will include passive design measures and the proposed servicing strategy, but without any low zero carbon (LZC) technology incorporated.

Estimated baseline energy demand

An estimated baseline energy demand, energy cost, and regulated greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions will be calculated for the proposed building from the baseline modelling exercise.

The potential impact of LZC technologies

The next stage is to evaluate the energy and cost impact of potentially suitable LZC technologies against the baseline model. Typically, the possible LZC technologies to be considered and evaluated would be:

– District heating from a centralised location through a system of insulated pipes
– Combined heating and power (CHP) plant where the heat boils water to make steam, which drives a power source (maybe a turbine) to make a generator create electricity
– Solar photovoltaic panels (PV)
– Solar thermal hot water
– Wind turbines
– Biomass boilers
– Air source heat pumps
– Ground source heat pumps
– Water source heat pumps
– Hydropower

The impact of incorporating the chosen LZC technologies, and the savings they create against the baseline model, are then assessed. Recommendations are made based on the results of the assessment, which are then incorporated into the design.

Robert Whetham, Managing Director Comments.

“We undertake a range of mechanical and electrical design projects spanning Education, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial and the Emergency Services. We are currently undertaking a number of zero carbon building projects, for example Crewe Fire Station.”

 

Designing a nett zero carbon rated building

The result of the process

The end result of the above process is energy efficient buildings. Nett zero carbon building design is a complex process, but the mandate for energy efficiency is clear.

Nett zero carbon buildings require strategic planning and an eye for appealing design. The key is to find the sweet spot of outstanding energy efficiency and impressive end-user benefits.

Can we help?

For expert help or advice in constructing a nett zero carbon building, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham Associates. We design building services for new build nett zero carbon buildings, and facilitate a reduction in the carbon emissions of existing buildings.

 

Mechanical and electrical design consultants in key sectors

Robert Whetham Associates are Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultants. We work primarily within the education, healthcare, industrial and commercial sectors, as well as for the emergency services and railways.

Each of these sectors presents different challenges for Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultants. The mechanical and electrical services design, whether it’s for a new build or restoration project, is central to its construction and intended use.

When you consider the extent of mechanical and electrical services in a building or development, it’s easy to appreciate how central the role of the mechanical and electrical design consultant is. At a very basic level, the M&E design consultant is responsible for the location and function of the mechanical infrastructure, heating, ventilation, power supply, power distribution, telecoms, IT, control systems etc.

 

Mechanical and electrical design consultants in key sectors

 

Education and healthcare

In education and healthcare, there is a heavy footfall and constant use of services. For healthcare it’s a 24/7 demand. The mechanical and electrical design consultant needs to prepare for all eventualities, so must fully understand the requirements and pressures on the building. Robert Whetham Associates are experts in these fields, so can offer the client valuable insight from previous experience.

Industrial and commercial

Clients within the industrial and commercial sectors each have unique requirements. A mechanical and electrical design consultant might need to design the mechanical and electrical services for a large industrial unit, an office block, a high rise building, apartments, hospitality and many other types of building. These all have different specifications to adhere to. How designs are applied to renovations also presents different challenges to new builds.

Mechanical and electrical design consultants in key sectors

 

Emergency services and railways

In fire stations, the mechanical and electrical services need to handle the extraction of smoke and combustion generated in training sessions, while meeting environmental criteria and air quality standards. Robert Whetham Associates have the experience in this area to facilitate these requirements within safety guidelines.

In the railway industry, Robert Whetham Associates are one of very few M&E design consultants who are RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) accredited. This gives clients in the railway industry confidence in our supply and installation of mechanical and electrical services, knowing that our expertise has been endorsed by a trusted industry organisation.

How can we help?

For expert help and advice from time-served Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultants, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham.

M&E Engineers impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

Robert Whetham Associates are leading M&E engineers based in Manchester. Mechanical and electrical services are key to any construction project. As M&E design consultants in Manchester, we have played a pivotal role in the success of many local and national construction developments.

 

Robert Whetham Associates are leading M&E engineers based in Manchester. Mechanical and electrical services are key to any construction project. As M&E design consultants in Manchester, we have played a pivotal role in the success of many local and national construction developments.

 

The Manchester property scene is undergoing major change

Manchester has experienced a property build and redevelopment boom over the last decade that is set to continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Skyscrapers, office blocks and apartment buildings will continue to transform Manchester’s ever-changing skyline.

As MEP consultants (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) based in Manchester, Robert Whetham Associates are proud to be involved in this key period of change for the city. The majority of the redevelopment that will require the services of M&E engineers is in areas that have been earmarked for regeneration for some time such as Deansgate, Mayfield and NOMA.

Some of our own recent projects include Manchester Metropolitan University, Coventry Fire Station and Harter Street Apartments in Manchester City Centre. We have contributed to these, and other projects, either as M&E engineers, M&E design consultants, mechanical design consultants or electrical services consultants.

 

M&E Engineers’ impact on Manchester’s redevelopment

 

How we get involved

Our involvement in each project varies. We can project manage, or collaborate with other contractors under the leadership of the client or their nominated main contractor. With almost two decades of experience as M&E engineers in Manchester, the value to the client of our involvement soon becomes obvious. Our tenacity in finding solutions to problems that may initially appear insurmountable can save considerable time and cost.

Expertise in mechanical and electrical services offers a significant benefit to any construction site. Whether it’s a small project or a major development, mechanical design consultants bring innovation and practical solutions to refurbishments or new build developments that are transforming city spaces.

How can we help?

For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers in Manchester, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We’d be delighted to share our experience and industry insight to assist with both local and national projects.

Why MEP design consultants are essential for building projects

Robert Whetham are MEP design consultants based in Manchester. We work on a wide range of building projects across a variety of sectors such as education, healthcare, industrial and commercial and emergency services.

 

Why MEP design consultants are essential for building projects

 

What are MEP design consultants?

 

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design consultants provide engineering expertise to create and manage the MEP systems of a building.

Mechanical: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, heaters, smoke control etc.

Electrical: fire alarms, security alarms, smoke alarms, power supply, telecommunications etc.

Plumbing: water and waste management, sewers, fire suppression systems etc.

MEP engineers work closely with architects and end clients throughout the entirety of a project, from pre-design of a building through to post-construction.

The focus of MEP consultants is on implementing efficiencies and ensuring that building systems operate safely, and to their full potential.

 

Why use MEP design consultants on building projects?

 

Ongoing cost savings and efficiencies

MEP engineers design building systems that offer optimum performance, while keeping building projects within budget. Ongoing operational costs of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, plumbing, energy consumption, maintenance and safety solutions are all minimised as part of the design.

Customised solutions

Problem solving is one of the main roles of an MEP design consultant. Given a challenge within a build project, MEP consultants draw on their expertise to design a customised solution that best improves efficiencies for that particular building.

Collaboration with contractors

MEP consultants collaborate with other contractors to provide the best solutions for each building and its inhabitants. In some cases, MEP engineers will project manage the build. The MEP consultant will ensure that all systems work together which reduces delays and unnecessary additional costs.

Safety and security

MEP consultants ensure that build projects are safe, secure and comply with the latest UK building regulations, without compromising on efficiencies.

 

How can we help?

 

For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We are M&E consultants in Manchester, experienced and ready to assist with both local and national projects.

M&E consultants for Manchester construction projects

As M&E consultants based in Manchester, Robert Whetham Associates are proud to have provided mechanical and electrical consultancy services on major construction projects in our own city.

We have worked in collaboration with other contractors as M&E consultants on a diversity of Manchester based projects. Our problem solving skills and technical knowledge are used to advise on a range of mechanical and electrical systems. These might include:

• Mechanical systems – infrastructure, plant and machinery, tool and components, heating and ventilation

• Electrical systems – power supply and distribution, telecommunications, computing instrumentation, control systems.

 

M&E consultants for Manchester construction projects

 

Recent M&E consultancy Manchester based projects

 

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Robert Whetham were brought in to carry out a detailed design of M&S services for the new NWAS facility. The building houses the emergency, urgent and patient transport control functions covering the entire Greater Manchester area.

70 Oxford Road

Commissioned by the project manager as M&E consultants on Manchester’s 70 Oxford Road project, we were required to carry out a design of the mechanical and electrical services as part of the general enabling works for this multi-use building conversion.

Harter Street Apartments

The client approached us to work as building services consultants on the design of all M&E services for the Grade II listed Harter Street Apartments building in the heart of Manchester city centre. As MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineers in Manchester we were able to bring valuable expertise to some of the challenges of working on a listed building.

British Car Auctions

New buildings were constructed by British Car Auctions (BCA) at their Manchester Belle Vue site to house new car auction facilities, trading halls, admin blocks, valeting facilities, restaurants, external viewing areas and car parks. Robert Whetham Associates were asked to carry out the design and provision of all M&E services for the project.

 

How can we help?

 

For expert help and advice from time-served M&E engineers, please get in touch with the team at Robert Whetham. We are M&E consultants in Manchester, experienced and ready to assist with both local and national projects.