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MEP Specialist of the Year – Finalists

The industry’s best mechanical, electrical and plumbing firms have demonstrated exceptional health and safety as well as cutting-edge innovation. 

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services

Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services

Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017, Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services has had a busy year that included completing work on the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, a state-of-the-art facility that will help train the HS2 workforce.

The company has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and achieved BIM Level 2 verification over the past year, integrating the technology into its project delivery. It also launched a new initiative to embed a safety-first culture during the 12 months, and secured a fourth RoSPA President’s Award following on from 14 consecutive Gold Awards.

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Dodd Group

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Dodd Group

Dodd Group

Turnover at Dodd increased by 45 per cent in its most recent results to hit £145m, as the company took on some of its biggest projects to date. The firm finished its £16.6m contract on the construction phase of HSBC’s new Birmingham headquarters, for which it will now deliver the £5.6m MEP fit-out deal. Dodd also bagged its largest job to date to deliver the services at HMRC’s new Arena 3 office.

Skills have been a clear focus at the firm, with leaders attending careers seminars with local schools and colleges and taking part in practical workshops to improve students’ abilities and raise awareness of industry opportunities.

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP GBE

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP GBE


A relatively new business, GBE is seeking a competitive edge in the market by applying BIM capabilities to the prefabrication and offsite assembly of M&E modules.

Using the company’s prefabrication facility in Rochester, GBE says its approach to M&E reduces onsite installation works by up to 70 per cent while also lowering health and safety risks, with the business recording zero RIDDORs to date.

The past 12 months have seen GBE secure work on Google’s new HQ in King’s Cross, as well as with Goldman Sachs the Bank Of England.

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Imtech

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Imtech


Back in 2016 Imtech looked to overhaul its business culture and the company says it is now reaping the rewards. 

High-profile schemes it has worked on over the past year include Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, Spire Hospital in Manchester, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the British Postal Museum in London.

Imtech has also launched what it calls its Customer Experience Review process, aimed at evaluating levels of client satisfaction and how it is perceived by its customers. The company says this move has enabled it to strengthen long-term relationships. 

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Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Nomenca

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Nomenca


North Midland subsidiary Nomenca operates primarily in the energy and water sectors and has shown that technologies such as preconstruction laser scanning and virtual reality offer a huge range of benefits.

The company’s focus on innovation is reflected in its work to replace equipment on a major water treatment works. Nomenca used an offsite approach to achieve significant cost savings for client Affinity Water. It also produced a full utility survey of the underground services using ground penetrating radar, with the resulting 3D model showcased to the client, construction teams, the council and local residents.

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Okto

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP Okto

Okto Technologies

Okto has been active in the high-end residential sector over the past 12 months, completing high-specification designs and installations in Mayfair, Chelsea, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Regents Park. 

Its work in the commercial sector meanwhile has involved implementing systems for offices in London, Belfast and Paris.

The firm uses offsite “mirror-build” techniques which it says have cut time spent on site by two-thirds compared with a conventional approach, as well as reducing the required site workforce by 50 per cent. Okto says this has supported its health and safety record of no RIDDORs in five years.

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP RSE Building Services

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP RSE Building Services

RSE Building Services

In its most recent financial year, RSE Building Services recorded growth of 105 per cent as turnover increased to £8.8m. 

Among the projects worked on in 2017 was The Department Store in south London for client Squire & Partners, for which RSE used a variety of technologies to reduce costs including point cloud scanning and a fully co-ordinated 3D Revit model.

RSE also demonstrated its commitment to staff welfare in becoming a champion of Mates in Mind, a charity working to improve mental health across the construction industry.

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP SES Engineering Services

Specialists Awards 2018 MEP SES Engineering Services

SES Engineering Services

Having been acquired by Wates, SES restructured and rolled out a new strategy aimed at boosting efficiency and profitability. The company has focused on BIM and prefabrication work, which it says opens the door to complex M&E schemes.

Its most high-profile job has been on the Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, for which SES was tasked with delivering services to the bridge’s north and south approach viaducts.

On social responsibility, SES says it aims to work with at least one social enterprise on every project it manages, having carried out research showing that its spend with social enterprises generates 77 per cent more social value compared with commercial businesses.


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