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Building Services Engineering (MEP) Consultancy

What is it?

Building Services Engineering (MEP in short) refers to the design and installation of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems. Our expertise in relation to MEP services can be applied to a wide range of buildings including residential, commercial and industrial, generally new-builds, building extensions and refurbishment projects.

Proper MEP design is essential in order to maximise efficiency and ensure that the full potential of the building is achieved. MEP installations have an almost permanent impact on the efficiency, safety, integrity and overall comfort of your living space throughout the lifetime of the premises. In fact, one can think of it as “technical interior designing”; where, in the same way that one would bring on board an architect/interior designer to determine the best use of space within your premises, our office ensures that the design of all MEP services required make that building work to the expectation of the final users.

Why do you need it?

Good MEP design carried out together with the various stakeholders of any project is essential to ensure projects operate properly and in the way the Client intended throughout the project lifetime. MEP Installations have a direct influence upon the final architecture of a building as the MEP design combined with construction methodologies all determine the overall end result of a building. It is for this reason that we at BSE believe that an MEP consultant should be consulted at a very early design stage of any project.

Early involvement within a project ensures that potential problems within the premises such as technical space requirements, horizontal and vertical distribution routes, life-safety requirements, utility supply requirements and proper integration of MEP services with the internal and external fabric of the building are identified at a very early stage, where the repercussions to changes in design are minimal both in terms of cost and money.

What BSE bring to the table

Working with BSE will give you access to a multidisciplinary team who bring to the table years of experience related to the design of MEP services ranging across a wide spectrum of different projects, from hospitality, healthcare, educational buildings, offices etc. Besides, our team is highly skilled to produce technical drawings and specifications by analysing technical feasibility, installation methods, and compliance with local rules and regulations.

At BSE, we consider comprehensive building services engineering to be the equivalent to a complete project management partnership whereby we will work hand in hand with you from the very first stages of a project and look into every aspect of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering related to your project until it sees completion.

Furthermore, BSE consider this service to be one where the Client entrusts all engineering aspects to us, ensuring peace of mind that engineering matters are being fully dealt with by competent professionals.

 

Typically, our project stages are subdivided into the following:

Conceptual Design Stage

 

This phase typically consists in the provision of preliminary designs and conceptual drawings in order to start reviewing client requirements, and MEP service requirements including:

  • Discuss the Clients requirements in terms of technical and operational requirements for the building as a holistic entity
  • Preliminary analysis of Architectural, Structural and Interior Design proposals
  • Establish main infrastructural and utility requirements required for the project
  • Outline a strategy to achieve a development having a low carbon footprint which will have significant marketing benefit
  • Outline a concept design & strategy for the distribution of the main engineering infrastructural services and general plant area requirements for MEP installations

 

 

Schematic Design Stage

 

This phase typically consists in the preparation of schematic design sufficiently detailed to ensure that the feasibility of a project or of a particular solution can be evaluated. A project at schematic design stage can also be sufficiently detailed to ensure a Design & Build approach by the client. This stage typically includes:

  • Preparation of high level designs and different options for different MEP solutions and strategies agreed with the client
  • Preliminary sizing of MEP services such as HVAC requirements, Electrical Loads etc.
  • Preliminary specifications of equipment and installations
  • Preparation of high level estimates for the project for budgeting purposes.
  • Preparation of all necessary reports for the premises as may be requested by Planning Authorities.
  • Preliminary coordination with service providers and utility companies for general main infrastructure services

 

 

Detailed Design Stage

 

This phase typically consists in the preparation of detailed MEP designs which sufficiently detailed to be able to issue a tender document.

This stage typically includes:

  • Provision of detailed coordinated MEP design drawings having sufficient details as required for installation
  • Preparation of block-out requirements in order to coordinate with construction and civil works and reduce coordination issues during installation phase.
  • Preparation of detailed documentation including specifications, schedules, and bills of quantities, to reflect the proper execution of the works.

 

 

Procurement Stage

 

This phase of the project shall consist in the procurement of the required MEP works, and thus this stage typically includes:

  • Discuss the best procurement strategy with the client
  • Issuing of tender documents for the works and follow-up of the procurement strategy with the client
  • Evaluation of the tender offers received for the works and preparation of administrative and technical evaluation reports on the offers received.
  • Negotiation of works with eventual contractors

 

 

Project Execution Stage

 

During this phase, it is understood that the final contractor/ contractors would have been chosen and works on site will start being mobilized. In view of this, it is being understood that BSE’s input at this stage typically includes:

 

  • Supervision of the M&E installation works being carried out by the assigned contractors during the project period.
  • Attending to site meetings as may be required to ensure that work is being carried out to the specifications required.
  • Checking of contractors’ submittals including working drawings and technical literature on equipment for approval purposes.
  • Approval of Working Drawings and project implementation procedures.
  • Provision of quantity surveying of the MEP works installed in order to verify the exact quantities of the items being installed.

 

 

Certification of Works & Handing Over

 

During this phase, it is understood that the works would have been completed. In view of this, it is being understood that BSE’s input typically includes:

  • Issuing of certificates for payments to contractors for the work carried out.
  • Ensure that claims for payment being raised by contractors are correct and factual.
  • Supervising the testing and commissioning of systems by contractors
  • Issuing of final completion certificates for the different trades related to M&E.
  • Overseeing handing over of the project to the client’s maintenance team.
  • Coordinate and negotiate with contractor’s, maintenance agreements for the installed MEP installations in order to ensure that MEP systems are properly maintained in future years.
Systems covered

Our MEP Engineering services covers the following:

  • Mechanical Engineering Services
    • HVAC – Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
    • Plumbing Systems – including 1st Class, 2nd Class and Hot Water systems
    • Sewerage and Drains Systems
    • Surface water Collection Systems
    • Rainwater Collection Systems
    • Irrigation Systems
    • Underfloor Heating Systems
    • Swimming Pool installations
  • Electrical Engineering Services
    • Lighting and Lighting Control Systems (inc. Natural Lighting)
    • Intelligent Lighting Systems
    • Low and Medium Power Systems
    • Backup Power Systems
    • Cable Containment installations
    • Lightning Protection Systems
    • Power Factor Correction Systems
  • Extra Low Voltage Engineering Services
    • IT Network & Telephony Systems
    • Intercom Systems
    • Intruder Alarm & Security Systems
    • CCTV Systems
    • Access Control Systems
    • TV Distribution Systems
    • PA/Speakers/Music Installation Systems
    • Car Park Management Systems
    • Home Automation Systems
    • Building Management Systems (BMS)
  • Fire Safety and Security
    • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
    • Fixed Fire Protection Systems (Wet/Dry Risers, Sprinklers, Hydrants, Water mist systems, extinguisher systems)
    • Emergency Lighting Systems
  • Vertical Transportation Systems
    • Lifts & Elevator Solutions
    • Escalators and Autowalk solutions

 

Services suitable for: Commercial, Industrial, and Residential buildings