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Offsite edge helps SES

15 Sep 16 SES Engineering Services, part of the Wates Group, has picked up two substantial M&E packages in central London together worth more than £30m.

Argent's S2 building at King's Cross
Argent's S2 building at King's Cross

SES has been appointed to deliver mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services on Argent’s 12-storey S2 office building for Google, which is part of the King’s Cross regeneration. It has also secured an £18.6m MEP contract on Barts Square Phase One, a £110m residential development by Helical next to St Bart’s Hospital in Farringdon. Carillion is the main contractor for both projects.

With logistics a key consideration in city centres, especially London, offsite construction is playing a key role in both projects.

SES was previously Shepherd Engineering Services until its acquisition by Wates in 2015. Wates said that the two contract awards represented a major milestone for SES’ London and southeast operation. It attributed the King’s Cross win to SES’ digital engineering expertise, responding to the client’s requirement for building information modelling (BIM).

With a 38 week programme set to complete in December 2017, SES will use its off-site manufacturing facility SES Prism to deliver 22 risers and a CHW roof plantroom.

Off-site manufacturing techniques at SES Prism will also be used on the Barts Square project to design and install service cupboards for each apartment.

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These installations include a KNX power distribution system to allow residents to remotely control technology throughout the apartment, a heat interface unit, a heat recovery unit, cooling interface unit, underfloor heating manifolds, BT Home Hub and space for a washing machine. These units will be built off-site, in the SES Prism factory.

SES regional director Tim Cunningham said: “This is a truly exciting time for our London and South East operation and the growth of our business is down to our teams’ exemplary work and innovative off-site approach.

“Our SES Prism facility is at the forefront of M&E installations, meaning we can offer the most effective solutions to even the most technically complex projects, adding real value to our clients so we’re delighted to be able to demonstrate this again on both these schemes.

“We’re tremendously proud of our work on The Plimsoll Building and the Gasholder residential schemes at King’s Cross so we’re thrilled to continue that relationship for the S2 office project. Likewise, our ability to deliver these critical city-centre residential schemes on time and on budget has been essential to winning the innovative and prestigious Barts Square project.”

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