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Wolseley’s Modular Engineering provides offsite M&E solution for major new shopping centre

Posted: Thursday 3rd February 2011

Pipe Center’s Modular Engineering has won the contract to supply modularised building services for a major new shopping centre development in the South of England.

When complete, it will have 306 shops and 46 restaurants. Under the £2m contract, Modular Engineering will design, build and supply fully modularised, offsite-assembled building services modules containing all of the M&E requirements for the project.

It is estimated that the modular offsite solution will reduce the time taken to the complete buildings services for the project by up to 30 per cent compared with traditional onsite installation methods, and shave 10 per cent off the cost.

The modules include all water services - heating, chilled water, domestic water, harvest water, cat 5 water, plus electrical containment consisting of LV power, lighting, data, communications, BMS and fire alarm.

The units are being designed and assembled at Modular Engineering’s 30,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Worcester. Once completed, modules will be factory-tested before being transported to site, located in position and connected up.

The project manager for the building services contractor at the development said: “The offsite modular approach can have significant benefits over traditional methods. It has major advantages in terms of on-time delivery and the quality of the finished result – obviously very important factors.

“We have worked closely with the Modular Engineering team throughout the project, and are delighted with their attention to detail and professionalism at every stage. I have no doubt that the modular solution for the new development will provide a superb finished result.”

Bob Hughes, general manager of Modular Engineering, who has pioneered the offsite approach, said: “This is a highly prestigious project and we are delighted to have been entrusted to deliver by the contractor.”

He added: “It provides a superb demonstration of the benefits of modular engineering, saving time and cost and ensuring a top quality result.”

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