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BAE Systems & West Yorks Police snap up new water-saving invention

Posted: Friday 6th April 2012

BAE Systems and West Yorkshire Police have snapped up a new Yorkshire invention to save water costs and meet tightening environmental standards. Huddersfield’s award-winning design/manufacturer, Andel, has won thousands of pounds worth of commissions to install the Breeameter® to cut mains water leaks and thereby reduce unnecessary bills at BAE’s Preston-based operation and at the police’s new Scientific Support Unit in Wakefield.

New environmental benchmarks are leading companies to consider not only leaks inside a building but to also examine where pipes are buried or water has a long ingress from the boundary or internal mains supply. The high risk of un-noticed leaks has immediate cost implications; in addition problems that develop slowly may be considered a maintenance issue by insurers and loss or damage may not be covered.

Thanks to Andel’s long history of in-house design the unique Breeameter® control panel is designed to be adapted for the lifetime of a building; as processes and staff numbers change, or if additional wings are added to the premises, Breeameter® is simply reset to meet changing requirements.

Said Andel’s Group Managing Director, Ian Pogson: “Water metering and environmental awareness have made conservation increasingly critical and costly to ignore. We are experiencing rising levels of enquiry from major building contractors, mechanical and electrical engineers to help solve their problems in both new-build and retrofit applications. The whole life flexibility of Breeameter is an additional benefit to companies, in addition to potential upfront and ongoing cost savings.”

West Yorkshire Police has commissioned Andel to provide the new equipment for computer server and water plant rooms at its new £12m Scientific Support Unit at Calder Park. The cutting-edge, Forensic Investigation Support Centre of Excellence has committed itself to pledges regarding its environment credentials.

Contractor Shepherd Engineering Services’ Project Manager, Terry Brown, handling the construction, said: “Andel is recognised in the industry for carrying out good service; the firm met our specification and budget, in fact they were the cheapest of three quotes. They also reviewed the site with us, which was useful and satisfied us that we could hand over the work to West Yorkshire Police, having fully met our client’s needs.”

Military and Civil aircraft engineers, BAE Systems, provide manufacturing and support capabilities to a number of internationally important programmes including the Eurofighter Typhoon and F35-Lightning II. Major investment and development at its Samlesbury site in Lancashire includes expanded manufacturing facilities, new office accommodation and significant infrastructure improvements. Renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and biomass boilers are part of the specification and the scheme has already won a number of best practice and construction awards.

The Floodline Breeameter® system offers flow monitoring and water leak detection to meet and exceed two regulation - “W02” and “W03” - and can aid in the accumulation of credits. The system uses 2 flow meters to monitor the mains water supply - one on the site boundary and the other within the premises, after the stop-cock.

Said Andel’s Ian Pogson: “We’ve identified a market need and invented Breeameter’s intelligent control panel to allow more flexibility than conventional meters. This means a much lower chance of repeated construction and installation costs as a building’s requirements change during its life cycle.

“Companies world-wide come to us because of our leading name for leak protection in the industry. We are known for good service both before and after installation, an affordable price and reliable kit.”

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