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  • Writer's pictureBarry James

Through the lens of a kaleidoscope – the first year of MEP Design /

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Usually our monthly blogs are about views or news from the construction industry but this month, we are going to be a bit selfish and focus on ourselves as MEP Design celebrates its first birthday.

Since the company was founded by Barry James in April 2019, we have hit the ground running.

We were very fortunate as we could get going quite quickly. We had enough good relationships with clients who were able to feed work into MEP Design right away”

Soon enough, the team was hired and projects started to come in.

We will never forget our first two projects: Grimsby Combined Court Centre for AA Projects and MAG PremiAir Facility for WMB Installations. They were fantastic experiences and gave us a much needed boost of confidence.

Then it was onto Trinity Riverview in Salford for Renaker Build Ltd. A brilliant yet complex project to be involved in from RIBA Stage 3 review onto Stage 5 designs, including an overheating assessment in accordance with CIBSE TM52.

After that, 79 Mosley Street, Manchester followed with a mechanical, electrical and public health performance design for OBI Property and Boultbee Brooks Real Estate.

We were commissioned to carry out a partial MEP re-design at Haseley Manor in Warwick, a Grade II listed building for Spitfire Bespoke Homes. The challenge was to incorporate current Part F compliant ventilation systems whilst retaining original features of the existing structure due to its listing.

Haseley Manor, Warwick - image courtesy of Spitfire Bespoke Homes

Tameside Wellness Centre for WMB Installations was a great example adding value to the local area. We loved working with WMB, Wilmott Dixon and Pozzoni Architects and given that the project was backed up by Tameside Council and Sports England, it really did make a difference into the regeneration strategy for Denton.

We were appointed, again by OBI Property and Boultbee Brooks Real Estate, to carry out MEP design reviews and construction stage support on the combined and rebranded 73-75 Mosley Street refurbishment now known as Hyphen. Located at 75 Mosley Street, this flexible commercial space is currently on site with Russell WBHO.

Hyphen, 75 Mosley Street, Manchester - image courtesy of PRP & BBRE

If you read our last blog, you would know that we greatly believe that Salford is on the rise. Trinity Riverview was not the only project we added value to in the area. Greengate H J & K is another fantastic project we are involved with. Renaker Build commissioned us back in August 2019 to carry out mechanical and electrical design to RIBA Stage 4 and public health Stage 5.

As our relationship with Renaker grew from strength to strength, our team of engineers were appointed to carry out MEP designs for another of their projects - Crown Street Phase 2, part of the Great Jackson Street masterplan in Castlefield, Manchester. This again is to RIBA Stage 5, with construction phase support.

Crown Street, Manchester - image courtesy of SimpsonHaugh & Renaker Build

It is fair to say that it has been an amazing year for all of us. We sit back and have a peek through the kaleidoscope only to be amazed how much we have achieved in our first year. In total, we have been appointed to over 35 different projects nationally.

“We are extremely proud of our team. Each and every one of them having applied dedication and commitment to our cause”

We understand that we are still at the very beginning of our long term journey within the construction industry. We very much look forward to what the feature brings.

Although we did not expect to celebrate our 1st birthday via an online meeting room, we remain connected regardless of the current situation and even more determined to deliver what we set out to do. It is our clients who keep us motivated by trusting our expertise and referring more and more work to us, for which we are extremely grateful.

A Happy First Birthday to us!


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