We are proud to achieve RISQS Approval

Mechanical & Electrical Building Services Design Specialist Robert Whetham Associates Achieve RISQS Approval.

Quality driven mechanical and electrical building services design specialists Robert Whetham Associates has recently gained RISQS supplier verification under their supplier qualification scheme, qualifying the business to provide solutions for a range of key organisations within the rail industry.


RISQS is a supplier qualification service facilitating suppliers to sell into the Great British rail industry by providing an open, fair and transparent way for them to be formally recognised as capable providers of products and services. It is run by the rail industry under the stewardship of RSSB. The RSSB is a not-for-profit company that supports the rail industry to deliver a better, safer railway.

RSSB RISQS support Network Rail, Transport for London, passenger and freight operating companies, rolling stock organisations, main infrastructure contractors and many other buying organisations in the management of supply chain risk.

Robert Whetham, Managing Director, Robert Whetham Associates comments:

“It’s great to be verified by RISQS, it reinforces our commitment to providing a high-quality service and our focus on the railway industry. Our business is well equipped to provide cost effective and creative solutions for various areas of the developing railway industry”

In addition to RISQS, Robert Whetham Associates are proud members of The Association for Consultancy and Engineering and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. And also, ISO9001 accredited, and Construction Line members, silver standard.

The railway industry is one of several industries Robert Whetham Associates operate. In many ways the services Robert Whetham Associates provide are easily transferrable, however industry experience and knowhow are key to providing solutions of quality that not just deliver the brief but offer additional benefits. 

Mechanical & Electrical Design is the core of the business at Robert Whetham Associates, providing design for all a building requires to successfully function such as power, lighting, heating, hot & cold-water services, ventilation, data comms, access control and various other installations. In addition to M&E design, Robert Whetham Associates provide a range of services including building appraisals, service checks and condition surveys, which includes detailed inspections of the services within a building in order to establish their condition, and any maintenance requirements, including providing budget costings. 

Robert Whetham Associates key areas of industry expertise include education, for example nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. Healthcare facilities, industrial and commercial buildings and emergency services, clients across this sector include Lancashire Fire Services, West Midlands Fire Service, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service. Robert Whetham Associates has just been appointed on a new scheme to design training facilities at Bury Training Centre for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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Further information

Robert Whetham Associates is a multi-disciplinary practice of consulting engineers specialising in mechanical and electrical building services design. Their aim is to provide professional, cost effective services with an emphasis on creativity.

Operating across a broad spectrum of markets Robert Whetham Associates work both independently and directly for the client, often as part of the overall construction team if required.

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Robert Whetham Associates
Castle Hill House, 31 Mill Brow, Chadderton, Oldham OL1 2RT

Home in Yorkshire

RWA have just announced the opening of their brand-new office in West Yorkshire. The opening is one that will allow RWA’s clients to have better accessibility to the M&E consultancy whilst also opening up new opportunities to work with potential new partners in the industry within nearby areas locations of Leeds, Bradford, York and many others.

The opening is one that was well awaited, with RWA’s roster of Yorkshire based clients continuing to grow, it provides the opportunity for better contact with current clients whilst also increasing effiency of service. The office’s location in “God’s county” will be at the office space of Hub-26, which is located in cleckheaton.

RWA go Golfing

Was a lovely day at where the Leeds golf centre where the team at RWA took part in a charity golf match setup to raise money towards onCourse charity. As one of 8 other teams competing for top spot, they made their way around the course. The event raised £1,187.00 which goes towards providing long-term benefits for injured Service personnel and vets.

It’s A* for RWA

Robert Whetham have won the contract to provide the detailed design of the mechanical and electrical services design of a new build two-storey extension to a teaching block at Beech Hill School in Halifax.

Commissioned by GHP Architects, RWA will design the provision of LED lighting and controls, heating systems, ventilation systems, AV systems, IT systems and general building services. All the facilities are designed to comply with building regulations and are expected to significantly reduce energy costs.

The project has recently started on site and is expected to be completed on time and in budget by Autumn 2017.

Back to university for RWA

RWA have been going back to university, in particular Robert Whetham who is an ex-student of the University, but this time to help with a £400k refurbishment of one of Manchester Metropolitan University’s most iconic buildings. To help with the continual expansion of the Manchester Metropolitan University’s growth 70 Oxford Road has been converted into teaching and lecture theatre spaces. Commissioned by Gardiner & Theobald as their M&E consultant, RWA carried out a detailed performance design of the mechanical and electrical services on their behalf.

The design included provision of LED lighting and controls, upgrade of heating, ventilation systems, AV systems, data systems, and fire alarm systems. The facilities were designed to comply building regulations guidelines.

Works were carried out to a tight programme and budget in summer 2015 during the summer break in time for students returning in September. It included creating new teaching spaces, conversion of cinemas into lecture theatres, conversion of the bar & restaurant area into an IT suite and conversion of the art space into offices and a dance floor.

The Cornerhouse which used to be at 70 Oxford Road, has now got a new base called “Home” at Tony Wilson Place, Manchester.

Reducing Energy usage whilst keeping Fit

RWA were proud to be awarded the contract to design the M&E element of the new Royton Leisure facility commissioned by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Appointed by Lewis Facilities the design and build contractor, RWA were commissioned to carry out the detailed design of the mechanical and electrical services on this £8 million project.

The project which was started in January 2015, now delivers excellence in sports and fitness. The facility incorporates the very latest energy saving technology and services including, LED lighting and controls, heating including underfloor heating, ventilation systems, PA systems, combined heating and power system, photovoltaics and swimming pool ventilation. The facility was designed to comply with BREEAM 2011 guidelines.

The combined heating and power system was installed as part of the hot water system, and has significantly reduced the buildings utility costs as the CHP system provided electricity generation which was then offset against the electricity consumption of the building.

Photovoltaics were implemented to provide free electricity from the sun which again was offset against the electricity consumption of the building, and provided a reduction in CO2.

Offering facilities that are second to none in the area, Royton Leisure Centre is a central hub for adults and children of all ages and abilities, providing better and more tailored exercise and leisure facilities than ever before. It has a state of the art 80 station gym with equipment that has in-built entertainment systems plus health monitoring functions and more interactive ways to enjoy your workout. The dedicated spin studio offers latest generation spin bikes plus sound responsive disco lighting adding atmosphere and intensity to every workout.

Service as usual for the Regional Logistics Centre

Robert Whetham and Associates was commissioned to design and project manage the mechanical electrical services and minor building works for the ambulance services new build warehouse and industrial unit.

The site was to be used as the regional vehicle workshop, responsible for the servicing and the repair of ambulances and support vehicles throughout the North West.

Acting as the contract administrator for the project, Robert Whetham and Associates obtained tenders and project managed the scheme from start to finish. The works included the provision of ramps, battery charging facilities, specialist ventilation and intrinsically safe electrical services.

The logistics Centre is today a key resource for the regions ambulance service.

RWA put the Hammer Down

Robert Whetham and Associates have been commissioned to provide the detailed design of the mechanical and electrical services for not one, but two new sites for British Car Auctions.

The sites in Belle Vue Manchester and Bedford are expected to cost in the region of £8.4m (combined) to build and will consist of new car auction facilities, new trading halls, admin blocks, valeting facilities, restaurants and external viewing areas and car parking.

Robert Whetham have been commissioned by BCA to work alongside GHP Architects to carry out the design and provision of the full M&E services which include LED lighting and controls, incoming gas, water and electricity supplies, standby generator and UPS supplies, heating systems, ventilation systems, PA systems, IT systems, photovoltaics and swimming pool ventilation. The facilities are designed to comply with building regulations.