UK Mechanical and Electrical Engineering market report
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Key Issues Covered
- How are M&E margins likely to change?
- How will Brexit impact the market?
- Are the best prospects in new construction or R&M?
- Which end-use sectors offer the best prospects?
- How will government spending restrictions change, and will these impact the market?
Companies that provide mechanical & electrical (M&E) services usually provide the necessary skills required through a combination of in-house resources (usually a team of qualified engineers) and specialist ‘service partners’ contracted to provide assistance across the work spectrum.
Services are subjected to British Standard and other industry standards.
The following is a list of the main mechanical and electrical contracting services provided by the majority of companies, though some companies offer other specialist services:
- Heating and hot water installations
- Domestic water services, including infrastructure, storage systems
- Ventilating and air conditioning
- Acoustic control
- Electrical and lighting systems
- Emergency lighting
- Public health services, including water treatment
- Cooling towers
- Plumbing and drainage systems
- Control systems and building management systems
- Lighting protection
- Uninterruptible power supplies
- Fire engineering (alarms, hosereel and sprinkler systems)
- Access control
- Energy supply and management
- Security systems
The report is split into electrical work and mechanical work. However, it is difficult to split the above list into 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.
Market Segmentation and Trends
Demand for electrical contracting services accounts for the largest and growing proportion of the total M&E contracting market, largely because electrical contracting services are more in demand in all industries, including the domestic, commercial, industrial and public non-residential sectors. The digital and automation trend has also tended to influence growth in the sector at a faster rate than the mechanical element of the market.
Mechanical contracting services - which includes the installation of products such as cooling towers, lifts, air conditioning, sprinkler systems - are only in demand by certain sectors of the construction industry, such as factories, offices, schools and hospitals. Demand for mechanical contracting services in the domestic sector is limited to heating and water installations, infrastructure, water and sewerage pipes, lighting and other specialist services, such as swimming pools (pumps and valves) and air conditioning for the top end of the market. However, there is an overlap between some M&E work, particularly in industrial, commercial and public non-residential applications, so it is difficult to distinguish the two by product or service.
- NG Bailey
- Balfour Beatty Engineering Services
- Crown House Technologies
- Michael J Lonsdale
- Lorne Stewart
- Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil
- SPIE (formerly SPIE Matthew Hall)
- SSE Contracting
Expert analysis from a specialist in the field
Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
The M&E sector is now facing very different prospects, depending on the customer focus of the contractor. This is a direct consequence of the Brexit decision and the varied impact it has already demonstrated. There remain some very strong areas of demand, while others are faltering amid economic uncertainty
Senior B2B Analyst
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