Manchester based consulting engineers Robert Whetham Associates (RWA) and GLP Consulting Engineers of Oldham have formed a unique working partnership that will benefit clients and stimulate sustainable growth.

The collaboration between the two companies may seem unconventional at first glance, given that both are successful, and perhaps therefore competing, M&E (mechanical and electrical) consultant engineering firms. However, the management teams of both companies see huge potential in a collaboration that will broaden market reach and offer shared expertise and wider support to clients.


Who are Robert Whetham Associates and GLP Consulting Engineers?


Now celebrating their twentieth year of trading, Robert Whetham Associates work on M&E projects across the UK, having built an enviable reputation within the construction sector over the past two decades.

During that time the focus of the services offered by RWA has veered towards designing mechanical and electrical systems for fire stations, railways, local councils and the education and healthcare sectors, although they also work on a wide range of other projects.

As one of only a few M&E design consultants for the rail industry, RWA are accredited and approved by RISQS (the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme).

Case studies of RWA’s recent work for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Coventry Fire Station, Manchester Metropolitan University and the North West Ambulance Service demonstrate the quality of RWA’s problem-solving and innovative design services for their core sectors. Likewise, their work at British Car Auctions and Venus 217 for Amazon highlights their commitment to sustainability on commercial projects.

The expertise of GLP Consulting Engineers lies primarily in commercial projects and working directly for landlords. Like RWA, they are committed to sustainable design, advising clients and fellow contractors on energy efficiencies and sustainable mechanical and electrical technologies and equipment.

Why the collaboration between RWA and GLP now?

RWA and GLP are taking this collaborative approach to share expertise which will add value to all projects they work on together. By each bringing their own time-served experience of their sectors and innovative designs to the table, they can combine their knowledge to enhance and broaden the services they offer.

Both companies are particularly keen to share resources to create a platform for working on larger scale projects. The construction sector has been affected in the last couple of years by stalled economic growth and high interest rates, but the forecast of a 12% increase in the industry for 2024 indicates that the combined resources will prove beneficial for large scale projects.

Sustainability is now a key area of focus for the construction industry with global carbon neutral targets to meet. Both RWA and GLP are committed to the green agenda. By joining forces they will use their shared resources to optimise the use of environmentally friendly materials and mechanical and electrical designs to create low carbon, sustainable buildings.

Robert Whetham, Director, comments,

“Our collaboration with GLP is an exciting time for us and our clients. It represents a real opportunity to share our experience, expertise and resources, which will benefit our existing clients as well as future projects.

Like many architects and contractors, sustainable design and energy efficiencies are high on the agenda of a project’s scope. Now we are working together with GLP, we can combine our expertise bringing a new angle in problem solving and M&E consulting.”

Ultimately, it is the drive to enhance the client experience that is behind the working partnership. The combination of a professional partnership, an abundance of expertise across different sectors and a focus on sustainability will prove beneficial to any client requiring mechanical and electrical services.

Get in touch with Robert Whetham Associates

For more information on this new partnership, or to discuss an upcoming project, get in touch with RWA using our online contact form or by calling 0161 624 5544.

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