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Hart District Council, Solar PV Installation

Hart District Council has taken a big step towards its climate change commitments and installed solar panels on its office building in Fleet. Works were delivered through Portsmouth City Council’s Central Southern England Multi Contractor Framework Agreement for the Design, Supply & Installation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panel Systems & Associated Equipment. Portsmouth City Council procured and managed the project, ensuring the best value for money for Hart District Council.

The Civic Offices in Harlington Way is used by the Council and other tenants such as the Police, Hart Voluntary Action, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and ACAS for their office staff. Hart District Council has owned the building since 1987 and has made other green improvements over the past few years, including upgrading 80% of lighting to LEDs, reusing hardware such as air conditioning units from the old Hart Leisure Centre and improving access to bicycle storage. Hart District Council has committed to being a carbon neutral authority by 2035 and carbon neutral district by 2040.

The installation consists of a roof mounted system consisting of 121 solar PV panels, which should generate as much as 57,000kWh of electricity a year – the equivalent of powering 20 average homes each year. This will save 11.5 tonnes of CO2e per annum, the equivalent of over 11 hot air balloons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere each year. The pay back on investment could be in as little as seven to ten years, and any excess electricity will be sold back to the grid for a modest income for the Council.

Councillor David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “This is an important investment for the Council, and a sensible one given the steep increases in energy prices that are affecting us all. Our solar panels will not only help shield us from future energy price increases but make a huge difference to our carbon footprint as a council.”

Hart District Council has committed to becoming a carbon neutral district by 2040 and will work with partners and local communities to achieve this goal, drawing on local, national and global best practice.

Translink, M&E Maintenance

Our commercial asset maintenance team deliver mechanical and electrical maintenance to Translink. This includes:

  • 24/7/365 emergency response services
  • Reactive mechanical and electrical (M&E) maintenance
  • Cyclical M&E maintenance
  • Planned preventative M&E maintenance
  • Minor works across multiple, complex sites

The number of users supported includes over 3,800 Translink employees and over 1.5 million annual passengers.

The works are delivered across 156 sites throughout Northern Ireland and Scotland. Sites include:

  • Train and bus stations
  • Front and back office environments
  • Concourses
  • Engineering depots and yards
  • Multi-storey carparks,
  • Park and rides and train platforms

The contract includes working in a safety critical/live environment at sites open to the public, including train and bus stations. Safe working practices are paramount to our delivery in an efficient, safe, and reliable manner.

The range of services delivered includes:

  • Mechanical and Electrical services, including electrical maintenance, periodic inspection and testing including fixed appliance testing and PAT testing, general and emergency lighting,
  • Building Management Systems (BMS)
  • Gas & oil fired heating systems
  • Plumbing systems, pumps, heating
  • Ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Roller shutters
  • ATEX equipment
  • Gas protection systems
  • Grease traps and canopy ventilation
  • Lightning protection
  • CCTV
  • Sprinkler systems and fire alarms

Throughout this contract, we provide a 24/7 emergency response maintenance service. We have a 24/7/365 Helpdesk team working to ensure timely attendances for emergency callouts.



Translink, Ticket Vending Machines

We were appointed Principal Contractor to deliver the Ticketing System Replacement M&E, Civils & Communication Services for Translink, valued at £3.1m, which enable Translink passengers to pre-pay for their tickets using cash or card. Works were awarded through Translink’s Electrical Contractors Framework. 

The project involved the installation of Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs), Ticketing Platform Validators (TPVs) and Electronic Gate Units at selected Translink manned NI Railways stations and unmanned (or partially manned) rail halts, Metro bus stops/town centre locations, Ulsterbus stations and Park & Ride sites across Northern Ireland. The works included the provision of power and communications cabling and infrastructure including structural and civil works, the alteration of existing underfloor heating and other service installations, provision of CCTV installations, installation of the TVM Bases, chambers, ducting and draw ropes to support the installation of power and data cabling, and installation of shelters/canopies. 

As an experienced contractor within the transport sector, our works approach reflected the site risks including trackside safety, working in train stations, bus depots and station halts, working in areas with high pedestrian traffic, and coordination & cooperation with relevant statutory authorities. All works complied with the Disability Discrimination Act, and we delivered the works in a manner that limited disruption to bus and rail operations, staff and the public, with works phased to suit the client’s requirements.

We also ensured all works complied with the NIR Contractor Safety Requirements, NIR Rule Book, Ulsterbus/Metro Safety Handbook, site constraints and controls. All staff who worked on or near the line were PTS trained, and all work on or near the line was completed under possessions with a permanent track safety coordinator and lookouts. 

Ardmore, Hammersmith Civic Campus

We have been appointed as the specialist MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services) subcontractor for the full design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of all MEP works within the Town Hall.

Our works, valued at over £15.93 million, form part of the £155m main contract to refurbish and extend the existing Grade II-listed Town Hall building to launch the Hammersmith Civic Campus; a major new mixed-use development in West London providing over 15,000 sqm of state-of-the-art office and public space, alongside 204 new homes and over 10,000sqm of commercial space.

Our works incorporate mechanical & public health services, electrical works, six plant rooms and roof plant, LV switchroom, external services, above ground drainage, domestic services/pipework, ventilation works and fire safety works.

Value engineering prior to commencement was crucial to achieve the aspirations of this project. The design stage required practical, cost-effective solutions to incorporate cutting-edge environmental technology and enable the Civic Campus to become one of the most accessible series of buildings anywhere in the world, achieving a high-quality and inclusive scheme.

Europa hotel

Europa Hotel, Air Conditioning

The world-famous Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers 272 hotel rooms. We are delivering the project as part of a major hotel refurbishment within the main tower block, and are installing Daikin VRV IV+ Heat Recovery Air Conditioning Systems to around 180 bedrooms across nine floors. Works started in November 2019 with an original programme duration of 24 months; progress slowed due to COVID restrictions with completion now due in Spring 2022.

The air conditioning systems we are installing within the hotel utilise reclaimed refrigerant which meets AHRI700 certified standards. This is verified by an independent laboratory and is the same quality as virgin refrigerant. This process reduces HFC refrigerants placed onto the market, with the manufacturers (Daikin) product range avoiding more than 250,000kg of virgin gas being produced each year, thereby reducing carbon emissions and contributing to the green economy.

Working within a functioning hotel requires close collaboration with the hotel operator, with key communication lines kept open with the construction team on site and the client. This includes noise restriction timings, phasing of work and on site liaison for access to facilities such as the single goods life which was utilised by back of house staff as well as our construction personnel.

Due to the age of the building, work is tailored from room to room with all transitional ductwork onto the supply grilles independently measured and manufactured in a bespoke fashion. For the suite bedrooms, we employed a local painter to spray the supply grilles the specific RAL colour required from the hotel operator in order to discretely match the room decoration.

With a bustling city centre location, safety was our priority. Safety management included a lifting plan and traffic management plan, enabling us to install the outdoor condensing units. These units were lifted onto the various ninth storey rooftops using a 100-tonne crane operated under a weekend evening road closure to minimise disruption and comply with Streetworks.

Belfast Opera House, Air Conditioning

We completed the design, installation, testing and commissioning of a Toshiba Air Conditioning Systems across multiple areas at the Grand Opera House in Belfast; Northern Ireland’s most iconic theatre. It is a historic Grade A listed building designed by the most prolific theatre architect of the period, Frank Matcham, and opened in 1895.

Our works formed part of the £12.2 million restoration and development of the Grand Opera House and spanned approximately six months. The restoration project was supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Department for Communities, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation. We used a mix of Toshiba Split and VRF Air Conditioning Systems throughout this project. The VRF Systems provide best in class efficiencies utilising high efficiency DC inverter driven twin rotary compressors.

The project was unusual as it was made up of two separate sites. The focus of the work was the extensive restoration of the 1895 listed building, and the reimagination of the 2006 extension to make it more sympathetic to the Matcham building.

With 60 specialist subcontractors engaged on the project, a key consideration was consultation and co-ordination of safety matters, as well as planning and programme management. We had to be extremely careful working within the roof spaces of the building, particularly around brazing. In particularly fragile areas we opted to use a press fit system for our joints rather than brazing to eliminate any fire safety risks. Due to the vertical nature of the building our pipework routes were very challenging, sometimes passing through multiple service cupboards and pathways. We overcame problems trying aligning pipework alongside existing services through good communication with the main project team and the expertise of our on-site team.

Works were paused at the height of the pandemic but quickly got back underway once restrictions eased. The Grand Opera House was last restored 40 years ago, and we are delighted that this vital project for the Belfast arts scene has been completed for its full reopening in line with the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Waverley BC, Heating Services

Our Farnborough team deliver the annual gas safety inspection, service and breakdown, and repairs service to the gas installations of Waverley Borough Council housing stock of circa 4,900 properties, with a total contract value of £28 million over the 13-year contract period. 

The scope of work includes Landlords Gas Safety Check (LGSR) programme delivered through an MOT style 10-month cycle, 365/24/7 repairs and maintenance service, critical boiler replacements and planned boiler and system replacements, in addition to gas safety checks for all Voids & Mutual Exchanges. 

We have invested in full ICT integration with Waverley’s Orchard Housing system to provide real-time updates on work progress as each task order progresses through to completion. We also offer customers an online portal to book gas servicing apartments at their own convenience, and automated appointment reminders. 

NIHE, Response Maintenance

Greenview deliver a response maintenance contract (CTO68a Maintenance and Improvement Services 2020) for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive across Mid and East Antrim. 

The scope of works includes responsive maintenance, minor disabled adaptations (including showers ramps and hardstands), void property works, civil engineering, asbestos, and demolitions. We deliver the works to over 5700 domestic properties, 19 hostels, 53 commercial properties, 1000 garages, two offices, 490 blocks (shells) and a single high-rise block exceeding five storeys.  

Our works are wide ranging and include day to day repairs and maintenance works, technical inspections, compliance inspections, property health checks/MOTs, handyman services 

mutual exchanges electrical tests, civil engineering, asbestos works, demolition up to the value of £150k and ad-hoc major works, communal mechanical and electrical works (low/medium rise only), minor disabled adaptation works, and disabled adaptation works. 

In addition, we also provide void property works including security, inspections, works completion and ad-hoc renewal of kitchens, bathrooms and rewires. 

All tasks are tracked and managed professionally from the initial contact through to satisfactory completion. We achieved full integration between our VerticalSoft system and the NIHE’s Orchard system. Data is transferred via Secure FTP, providing the client with real-time access to contract data. 

We successfully achieved a rapid 5-week mobilisation of the contract, where TUPE employee liability data was not provided until 14 days before the transfer. We TUPE transferred 72 staff into the Greenview family, holding welcome meetings and inductions, providing training, and ensuring uniform, vehicle and ID distribution over evenings and the bank holiday weekend to ensure go-live on the contract’s first day.

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NIHE, Heating Services

Greenview deliver the Heating Services contract for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) to 11,500 properties across Lisburn and Castlereagh.

The scope of works includes: Statutory inspections, routine and responsive maintenance, annual servicing and LGSR, diagnosis of faults, response to breakdowns, renewal/upgrading of individual Heating Appliances, renewal of whole house heating, 24/7/365 helpline and response for emergencies, maintenance and annual safety check, testing and certification, and asset surveys. 

The works cover a wide range of energy sources comprising gas oil, electric, biomass, LPG, and solid fuel. The contract also includes open fires, focal point fires, renewable technologies including solar thermal and solar PV, oil spillage remediation works and asbestos services.  

Our delivery teams engage with residents, minimise disruption, deliver high-quality works and maximise customer satisfaction. For example, our one-day installations/replacements minimises disruption and has reduced tenant refusals.  We tailor our service to meet the needs of varying customer groups including vulnerable tenants. Most works are conducted in occupied properties and we consistently exceed our customer satisfaction scores. 

Below is an example of feedback, relating to a heating installation delivered through the contract:

“Tenant spoke to the NIHE and asked them to pass on what a wonderful job we had completed. Tenant said an amazing job was done and the team was very patient and understanding with the family.”

All compliance, service, repair and breakdown tasks are tracked and managed professionally from the initial contact through to satisfactory completion. We achieved full integration between our ICT system and the NIHE’s Orchard HMS system – data is transferred via Secure FTP, providing the client with real-time access to contract data. This adds value by facilitating collaborative working and allowing the client to continuously monitor compliance. 

The contract was a Finalist for Best Contract at the NHMF 2020 Awards.

NIHE, Bathroom, Kitchen & Rewire Renewal

We successfully delivered a comprehensive Bathroom, Kitchen and Domestic Electrical Rewire Renewal Works Contract for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive across two lots: Belfast Region Lot 3 covering Mid Shankill, West Circular & Dover, and South Region Lot 7 in Rathfriland & Seapatrick. The capital project delivered new kitchens, bathrooms and electrical upgrades to 267 homes within Northern Ireland. 

The scope of work included survey and design, customer consultation including design choices, scheduling, programming, installation, and handover.  

To successfully manage co-ordination and delivery from Client brief to completion on site, works were planned in consultation with the client, resident groups and individual tenants. After completing the initial survey, we designed each kitchen and bathroom, involving the tenant in the process. All works were subject to 100% quality inspections prior to handover to ensure client and customer satisfaction. 

We received the following feedback from the client Project Manager: 

“I would like to give credit to yourself and the team as we got some feedback yesterday from a number of tenants within this project. A number of them would like to pass on their praise for how professional and courteous the guys have been on the ground. A number of tenants also went on to say how smooth the whole process went which is very encouraging to hear. 

Often good work like this isn’t recognised, however please do pass on my appreciation to the team and thanks for all your hard work.”