Mechanical and Electrical Contracting (Industrial Report) - UK - April 2014
“Following the economic downturn and subsequent flat economy, price pressure on both main and subcontractors has been intense. The M&E sector, located at the end of the construction chain, has been squeezed on price as tightly as any sector, and the number of quotations gained by main contractors has probably doubled. The prospects are now for consistent levels of volume growth in demand, and the M&E sector must take the opportunity to realign margins.”
– Terry Leggett, Senior Analyst
This report addresses the following key questions facing M&E contractors:
- Can M&E margins be increased again after the extreme price pressure of the past few years?
- Will the market grow in excess of average UK economic activity?
- Will growth arise from new construction or r&m?
- Which end-use sectors offer the best prospects?
- Will continued public spending restrictions be more than offset by the buoyancy of the private sector?
Companies that provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services usually have the necessary skills required through a combination of in-house resources (usually a team of qualified engineers) and specialist ‘service partners’ that are contracted to provide assistance across the work spectrum.
The report is split into electrical work and mechanical work, though it is difficult to split the above list in to the two categories as many services fall into both. However, a general list for each of the categories is compiled below.
Electrical work: Ventilating and air conditioning, acoustic control, electrical and lighting systems, emergency lighting, control systems and building management systems, uninterruptible power supplies, fire alarms, access control, lifts, energy supply and management, security systems.
Mechanical work: Heating and hot water installations, domestic water services including infrastructure and storage systems, public health services including water treatment, cooling towers, plumbing and drainage systems, lighting protection, hosereel and sprinkler systems, lifts.
M&E repair and maintenance services refer to the regular maintenance of building/plant and machinery/equipment that is essential to keep it in an efficient working order.
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