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Archive for July, 2013

Case Study – Building Health Check / Post Occupancy Evaluation

In order to provide building owners with satisfaction that their facility is operating to its optimum and in line with design expectations End Systems can carry out extensive building health checks. These checks can help bridge any performance gap in the buildings operation. The checks are undertaken in a discreet manner with no disruption to the day to day operation of a facility and take approximately 1 week for an medium sized facility.

Whilst the health checks provide the building owner with the level of comfort that their facility is operating satisfactorily, in the example of the Castlefields Health Centre in Runcorn End Systems were commissioned by the main contractor (Galliford Try) to undertake a health check of the facility 6 months following completion and within the defects liability period, providing them with their own level of satisfaction of a well completed project operating to expectations.

The project was part of a significant re-development of the Castlefields area of Runcorn and was handed over on time and on budget. Our detailed report also provides recommendations where variations to the design expectations may occur.

The report conducted assessed and reported upon the following:

  • Installation against design.
  • Contractors installation against As-Built drawings.
  • Completion of M&E defects.
  • Installed M&E equipment accords with preferred supplier’s schedule.
  • Heating & Ventilation controls (Performance against planned).
  • Building internal lighting levels.
  • CCTV functionality.
  • Alarm systems functionality.
  • Maintenance Logs for Compliance.
  • Photographs.

It is important to understand that our building health checks are not prescriptive and can be adapted to suit the needs of a client. In addition to the above they can include a TM22 energy survey, occupant feedback considerations, training, re-commission with advice available on improvements to operational conditions, statutory documentation checks.

Three more apprentices look to build their career with End Systems

Continuing our proud, 20-year tradition of recruiting local youngsters and giving them a chance to build a career with us, we have recently taken on three new Building Services Engineering apprentices.

The 2013 intake will follow the proven modern apprenticeship path, which includes day release at Liverpool Community College to study National and Higher National Certificates and an NVQ level 3 in Building Services Technology, as well as Project Management delivered by our training management agency BEST.

As with our July graduates, the three students will soon start to combine their work and studies, with an eye on graduation in four years’ time.

Good luck lads – we’re with you every step of the way!

ContractorPlus is ‘assure’ sign of quality

Here at End Systems we are fully aware that the market is becoming increasingly competitive, resulting in customers looking to use suppliers that can not only meet their needs, but who can also provide assurance in terms of practices, procedures, quality assurance and compliance with legislation.

That’s why, in order to highlight how seriously we take this area, we have decided to adopt ContractorPlus to demonstrate our compliance with all health and safety legislation relevant to our works.

A wide range of companies – including big names such as Peel Holdings, Harvey Nichols, CBRE and Selfridges – use accreditation with this industry-renowned online system to ensure their workforce and all contractors used are of a proven standard, to make sure they work safely at all times and maintain compliance with all aspects of health and safety.

Also, by becoming members of this scheme it reduces the need for completion of arduous PQQs for each and every project, as ContractorPlus manages all of this on an annual basis.

A proud day for four ESL all-stars

July 2013 saw the culmination of four years’ hard work for four young apprentices, as they graduated with flying colours and prepared to become fully-fledged members of the End Systems team.

In 2009 Matthew Corlett, Matthew Johnson, Anthony Aspinall and Adam Doolan joined us as wide-eyed apprentices, embarking on their two-year ONC programme while at the same time trying to learn the other crucial stuff such as which local café did the best breakfast. Following this, the four then threw themselves into their HNC course with the same determination and, after two more years of dedicated work and study, all passed with flying colours.

Watching on with great pride at the July graduation were company directors Brian Townsend, Audrey Townsend and Kay Corlett, who saw three of the four (relatively!) young apprentices emerge as engineers. The fourth, Adam Doolan, was there in spirit only, as he continued celebrating his achievements in style on a well-earned break in Zante!

Well done lads – we’re all very proud of you!

BIM to FM – Putting the ‘I’ into BIM

Our partnership with specialist authors, End Systems, ensures we make the most of the Building Information Model, putting the information into BIM to assist the Facilities Management Team. Utilising the dedicated collaboration portal of ENDoc’s, End Systems can host the final BIM Model then create and populate all of the information links to:

  •  O&M Information
  • Commissioning & Test Information
  • Specification
  • Design Data