Advertising: 01622 699116 Editorial: 01354 461430 ECA and BESA launch Engineering Services Manifesto

n engineering services manifesto has been launched by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), ahead of the General Election.

The manifesto, which adds to a recent submission by the ECA and BESA on the government’s industrial strategy consultation, calls for: uConnecting the output of construction and operation of the UK’s built environment, and making it a strategic priority, to enable the sustainable delivery of economic, social and environmental benefits. Engineering services is uniquely positioned as a cornerstone of both sectors and has a central role in delivering these benefits throughout the lifetime of built assets, and, as a key enabler, should be

selected by government for a ‘sector deal’. uEnsuring that SME apprenticeship training is fully funded for the entire parliament. At present, there is significant concern that firms that are not required to pay the new apprenticeship levy may not be able to access the support they need to develop engineering and other technical skills. uEnsuring government is a smart client and smaller businesses have stability of cash-flow and payment. A key request is for a digital payment platform in the public sector, linked to digital procurement processes. This would give greater transparency and speed to supply chain payment, and lower supplier risk. uMaking energy, heat and carbon efficiency a real sustainable delivery priority within the next parliament. uImproved productivity through action to

District heating solution secures multiple awards

enhance employee engagement. Government should introduce additional requirements in the procurement process to help mitigate against false self-employment and other tax avoidance schemes, and facilitate improved employer- worker collaboration, resulting in enhanced productivity.

ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin commented: “The next government has a great opportunity to deliver an investment and regulatory climate in which industry thrives and where buildings and infrastructure support UK growth and productivity. “Our five-point manifesto would support business, by delivering highly skilled apprenticeships, giving SMEs the opportunity to grow, and ultimately, improving UK productivity.”

Veolia to power UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy Centre


he latest combined heat and power (CHP) technology from Veolia will power the first NHS high energy Proton Beam Therapy Centre for specialist cancer centre, The Christie in Manchester.

Due to start treating cancer patients in 2018, the centre will be one of only two high energy NHS proton beam therapy facilities in the UK. By using cogeneration for its essential electricity and heating needs, the hospital will further reduce its carbon emissions and gain from cost savings that can be redirected to patient care. To support the proton beam therapy patient care, the new CHP will deliver secure on-site generation of 2,100GWh of electricity and 3,200GWh of heat each year and will save around 380 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Part of the new packaged CHP range from Veolia, the 240kWe unit uses a three-way catalyst to reduce NOx emissions and protect local air quality.

Commenting on this latest energy project for the NHS, Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s Chief Operating Officer Public and Commercial said: “Recent estimates show that CHP and energy efficiency in the NHS have contributed to energy savings of £25m over the last year. By delivering energy security, sustainability and cost savings CHP represents good engineering, good economics and good value for money for the NHS.”

uKensa picks up the award for District Heating Project at the H&V News Awards.

ensa Heat Pumps won two awards at the H&V News Awards 2017 for its micro- district ground source heating solution for retrofit social housing – repeating its double- award win at the same awards in 2013.


The awards celebrate excellence, forward thinking and the highest achievements across the HVAC and building services industry. Kensa’s retrofit work with Trent & Dove Housing and Hanover Housing Association successfully saved tenants typically 50% in heating costs making a substantial impact on fuel poverty and carbon reduction targets.

The H&V News Awards recognised these projects’ achievements with the District Heating Project of the Year (with Trent & Dove Housing) and Retrofit Project of the Year (with Hanover Housing Association) awards.

A third Kensa project was also shortlisted in the Renewable Project of the Year – Residential category with Bromford Housing Association. The projects involved the replacement of night storage heaters with a Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pump fitted inside accommodation, with each heat pump connected to micro- district ground arrays, where two or more properties share a borehole.

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The new CHP will further contribute to the carbon reductions delivered by Veolia to The Christie since 2004.

CIBSE Young Engineers Awards are now open for entries

he call for entries to the 2017 Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Young Engineers Awards is now underway, with entries to be received by August 1st 2017. The Awards celebrate the industry’s best examples of young engineering talent as well as employers’ strategies for recruiting, nurturing and


empowering young people. Entries are being sought for both the CIBSE Employer of the Year and CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year prizes. CIBSE Employer of the Year gives organisations the opportunity to demonstrate how they place young engineers at the centre of their business and invest in their career progression. The judges will be looking for evidence of innovative methods that help to engage and motivate young engineers; encouraging them to fulfil their potential for the long-term benefit of themselves, their employers and the industry’s clients. CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year has long been the most sought-after accolade for young building services engineers, and this year’s winner will enjoy a fully paid for trip to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Chicago next January. The second and third placed graduates receive £600 and £300 respectively from the Rumford Club and every other finalist receives £100 from the Manly Charitable Trust. The awards are sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters, CIBSE Patrons, Kingspan Industrial Insulation and Swegon Air Management. They are also supported by the IMechE and organised by the CIBSE ASHRAE Group in conjunction with the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Network (YEN).

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ounger people from across the engineering services sector have a new opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, through the ECA’s new Power Players initiative.

Closing date looms for ECA Power Players Y

But you have to be quick to act, with Power Players closing for entries on June 23rd.

Power Players is open to anyone aged 39 or below who has achieved innovative or impactful activity in their careers so far. To enter, individuals simply need to submit a short video at There is a range of top-quality prizes for the two most impressive Power Players, including the opportunity of a lifetime of a business and networking trip to the USA. Other prizes include lunch with business guru Sir John Parker, who is the chair of global mining firm Anglo American.

All other Power Players of merit will receive recognition under the

initiative. For example, five shortlisted entries will be showcased in September during the ED&I Expo – a major new industry event being held at the NEC in Birmingham.

The industry-wide initiative is being run alongside partners All Things Media and the Electrical Industries Charity. In addition, Power Players is being backed by numerous organisations. ECA CEO Steve Bratt

commented: “We look forward to receiving the entry videos from high performing young people who are seeking recognition.”

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