Engineering business hired to help deliver £20m police support building

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Engineering specialist, SES Engineering Serviceshas secured its latest blue light sector contract win to deliver MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) services for a new £20m operational support building.

Partnering for a seventh time in recent years with main contractor, Willmott Dixon, SES has been hired to provide a full range of services on the three-storey building near Hull for Humberside Police.

Designed by architect Bond Bryan, the 102,000 sq ft development currently under construction, is next to the force’s existing facility at Melton West Business Park.

This latest facility will create office accommodation for more than 500 force employees, in a number of specialist units.

SES has supported the project team through the design phase.

There has been a particular focus on the services necessary to support the services within the building, including complex fire detection and suppression systems to safeguard specialist installations, in the event of a fire.

The building’s energy strategy has adopted a “lean-clean-green” approach. It means minimising energy demand through a high-performance envelope, using air-source heat pumps for space heating and hot water generation in conjunction with mechanical ventilation thermal heat recovery and a photovoltaic array.

SES managing director Steve Joyce said: “Over the past five years SES and Willmott Dixon have developed a great relationship working seamlessly to successfully deliver seven state-of-the-art schemes for forces throughout the UK.

“I am delighted we have this latest opportunity to create a new support building on behalf of Humberside Police.

“I’m confident the project will benefit greatly from our combined experience and SES’ early contribution at the design stage, coupled with our offsite capabilities will greatly assist the build programme, saving many labour hours and reducing the scheme’s carbon footprint as well as minimising the risk of accidents while on site.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director for the north at Willmott Dixon, added: “We’re extremely proud to be main contractor on such an important scheme and able to continue assisting Humberside Police to improve and update its estate, for the benefit of the local area and the wider community.

“This latest facility will create both a fantastic working environment for the force’s staff from which they can serve the local community as well as a modern airy building accessible to the public.

“With our shared experience of working on this type of scheme SES will ensure we deliver a building designed to meet the needs and growing demands of policing in the region for many years to come.”

The Melton facility is being delivered under a joint venture between Humberside Police Force and Melton West landowners and developers Wykeland Group. It is expected to complete in January 2022.