2021: Our Year in Review
As a business that’s been operating for more than 70 years, we’re no stranger to the highs and lows of the construction sector. Fortunately, that means we’re used to adapting to change and challenge, enabling us to overcome the hurdles that everyone in our industry has faced this year. Over the past 12 months, we’ve continued to work with leading main contractors to deliver M&E projects across several sectors, expand our team, and develop new ways of working that are helping our clients minimise their environmental impact Future Offices The shift to remote working hasn’t stalled the construction of new office developments. Our team has been involved in three major new schemes this year helping to create stand-out workspaces in central London, west London and Stevenage. Our work includes an M&E package for a 77,000 sq ft new build office. We developed the M&E design from BIM stage 4, evolving it into a more specialist solution which is being installed and commissioned by our inhouse team and is due to be completed in spring 2022. In addition to completing an electrical installation for a high-specification 107,000 sq ft office, we handed over an electrical package for ‘Bloom Clerkenwell’ a scheme comprising 144,000 sq ft of office, retail and amenity space. We were responsible for installing extensive electrical infrastructure for the building’s shell and core, including a large substation. Specialist Skills Our team has forged a strong reputation in several sectors, which saw us deliver an M&E solution for an historic school and an electrical package at a new leisure centre in 2021.Both demanded specialist skills and knowledge to overcome various challenges. The school required modern building services to be sympathetically installed within a Grade II listed building. The leisure centre’s electrical solution had to be designed and delivered to meet Sport England’s strict criteria while minimising energy use, maintenance and costs. Going Green The move to zero carbon is driving the need for more environmentally friendly practices and this is reflected in our work across a number of projects. Our team is responding in various ways and for one scheme, this has resulted in us eliminating single-use plastic packaging for all M&E equipment. For the same project, we are sourcing materials that have been made using recycled content and developed a solution that enabled M&E risers to be designed and manufactured off site, reducing waste and deliveries. Growing the Family We’re a family business and incredibly proud of our loyal team which continues to develop and grow. In June, our operations manager, Sean Corcoran, celebrated 20 years with REL. Sean joined us as an electrical apprentice just four days after leaving school. He qualified four years later and quickly worked his way up the ranks. In 2010, he became a site manager and following another promotion in 2017, now oversees some of REL’s largest projects. Apprentices are the lifeblood of our business, and we’re pleased to have been able to recruit a further four this year. All have settled brilliantly into the REL family and will be our future electrical engineers and plumbers, trained to the highest standards. Looking Ahead In such uncertain times, predicting what lies ahead is becoming increasingly difficult. But as a business, we have a clear vision aimed at securing further growth next year. We will continue to develop our team and in the spring hope to move into our new office space. We have large and significant projects which are due to complete with more in the pipeline to start on site. We remain optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing to be an integral part of our clients’ teams from pre-construction through to completion.