SERVICES ENGINEERING

High performance. Total integration.

Services engineering defines a building’s operational performance, energy efficiency, and lifetime sustainability. Whitescape designs and installs MEP systems with imagination, foresight and full knowledge of what rapidly advancing technologies can do. Whether the task is a standalone services commission or a full construction project, we ensure that services are engineered to meet the highest industry standards and become an integral, high-functioning element of the building.

Services upgrading and integration

Upgrading building services can be a disruptive process which is often undertaken during building refurbishment when there is the opportunity to expose, replace and integrate systems.

At St Bartholomew’s C of E primary school in Haslemere, Whitescape undertook a full M&E engineering upgrade and state-of-the-art IT infrastructure as part of a 30-week project to extend the assembly hall, connect old and new buildings and make other improvements including a new kitchen, staff shower and disabled toilet. This involved integrating multiple new areas of the building with existing services, all carried out in an occupied building. Similar works include refurbishments and upgrades in sensitive environments such as the Grade 1 listed Founders Building at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and the Endoscopy and Pathology units at Basingstoke and Winchester Hospitals.

Services engineering in new build

Services are a core element in modern construction, accounting for an increasingly significant component in new build projects and budgets.

The building services component at Whitescape’s Whitley Rise project in Reading accounts for £600,000 of the £2m overall cost. This will cover nine living units with individual consumer units and meters and individually controlled underfloor heating. The block’s sprinkler and heating systems are connected to existing plant in an adjacent building. We also undertake projects for large contractors who want the highest quality finished product. At Sir Charles Kao University Technical College in Harlow, we surface-mounted the entire MEP installation as a highly visible feature, an engineering benchmark and practical learning experience for the students.

Labs and other highly serviced areas

Education, science and medical buildings with laboratories and other technology facilities require complex multiple services, specialist furniture and equipment.

As part of a £1m project at Portsmouth High School for Girls we refurbished the entire science block, upgrading facilities to reflect government investment in science. The complete M&E replacement included air conditioning, energy saving lighting, fume extract, gas safe systems and interactive white boards. A similar project was carried out at Brighton & Hove High School for Girls, where we stripped out and refurbished four science labs plus preparation and staff support areas. Laboratories were also a key element in the Sir Charles Kao STC building.