Spotlight on Choosing Your M & E Contractor

January 27 2020

Throughout a construction project many different contractors, from many different specialities will contribute to the build. At some stage it is likely there will be a need for a Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) contractor to become involved. 

No matter the size or scope of the project it is vital that the time is taken to make sure the right M&E contractor is brought on board. 

There are various factors to consider when looking at which contractor to choose, here we look at some of the key points we feel clients and main contractors should consider when looking to hire an M&E contractor.

Do they have design and development capabilities?

Something that can save a lot of time, money and headaches along the way is having the M & E contractor inputting into the design and development stage of the project. This allows for time-saving further down the programme as the team are already fully briefed on the development. In turn, this makes for an efficient way of managing the implementation of the M&E Services. 

Not only that but if an organisation has invested, time, money and resources into a project at the development stage, they have already established their commitment to the project. They will have built relationships with the project team and established relevant supply-chains long before the project has even begun. 

Longevity

It is always worth considering the trading history of the organisation. A well-established company can draw on its years of experience, expertise, supply-chain and relationships built up over the years. 

Sector Experience

Look for contractors with experience in similar projects. For example, if you are working within a high-security environment, would the team understand and have experience of the procedures and protocols that go alongside this. Similarly, if you are working within a laboratory environment, do they understand the specialist equipment, gases and environments? Would they take into consideration if the labs needed to be pressure controlled or operated independently of one another?  Having a contractor who understands the intricacies of specific sectors can bring untold benefits to a construction project from the pre-construction phase through to delivery and handover.

Added Value

Can your supplier provide added value to your build? Are they a one-stop-shop? It may be financially and logistically savvy to have a provider who can deliver multiple aspects of the project, from the design, mechanical and electrical installation through to ductwork manufacture and supply.

It is also important to establish what steps they can take during project handover, and if they can offer ongoing support such as asset management solutions or full building services contract management. 

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