SES lands £25m MEP contract on London smart building

SES Engineering Services (SES) has been appointed to deliver £25m worth of MEP services on 33 Charterhouse Street, a flagship ‘smart building’ in central London

Working alongside lead contractor, Mace, SES will provide full mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services at the 200,000 sq ft 10-storey block, 33 Charterhouse Street.

It will involve a Category A office fit-out, with integrated building services to make the building ‘smart’ and ultimately, more energy efficient.

The build, part-funded by Ashby Capital, has been carefully designed to be Helical’s first commercial offering that targets a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’.

SES is working closely with all delivery partners and stakeholders – including the end facilities management company, Ashdown Philipps – to ensure all services can be integrated correctly and are designed for frictionless operation.

Offsite technology is playing a large part in delivery, with components built and tested at its offsite manufacturing centre, Prism, while an extensive digital twin model has also been created to ensure seamless assimilation.

Steve Joyce, SES’ managing director, said: “Regardless of the challenges thrown at the commercial sector this year, the future of office developments is moving towards a more digital, integrated and sustainable approach and 33 Charterhouse Street will be a fantastic example of this shift.

“We’ve worked with Helical before and their forward-thinking approach matches our own. The client has tasked us, as well as the rest of its delivery partners, with supporting an ambitious, but necessary goal in regard to becoming carbon neutral, and we’re proud to support them in achieving it.

“Integrating so many building systems is an incredibly complex task and early collaboration between ourselves and all stakeholders is vital, as well as the ability to manufacture a large amount offsite.

“This will save an estimated 14,669 labour hours on site – helping improve efficiency at its central London location, and support arrangements to reduce personnel on site wherever possible in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.”