Special Projects Clients

Kershaw Mechanical Services Special Projects Division work closely with a wide range of clients from different sectors including laboratory research, education, retail, entertainment, TV production and the motor industry.  Read about some of our key clients below:


Kershaw Mechanical Services Special Project Division has a longstanding relationship with the retail giant Waitrose. Having worked at a number of store locations and the Bracknell head office, the Special Projects team have been responsible for many Boiler and Chiller upgrades. 

The long history with Waitrose spans over 25 years. The works undertaken provide an opportunity to bring their experience and technical expertise in the field to help provide upgrades and enhancements at a number of store locations.

Michaela Community School – Wembley

Michaela Community School is a non-denominational, non-fee paying, 11-18, mixed Free School which opened in Wembley Park in September 2014.

Kershaw Mechanical Services Special Projects team were contracted to provide HVAC services and undertake a full air-conditioning installation. The project adds to the portfolio of work undertaken in an education environment.

The University of Cambridge and associated colleges and faculties

Kershaw Mechanical Services Special Projects Division has continued to build on their relationships with the University of Cambridge, and associated colleges and faculties. The University of Cambridge is home to over 11,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions - and as a result of this often has unique and complex projects which the Special Projects team has been happy to assist with. 

These include works on the University of Cambridge’s Plant Growth facility to install a new chiller system, replacing the ductwork for the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, various works for the Maxwell Centre and providing new upgrades to the University of Cambridge’s Physics of Medicine building.

Cancer Research UK

Kershaw Mechanical Services Special Projects team undertook a variety of Mechanical and Engineering works at the Cambridge Based Cancer research UK building.

The works included full refurbishments across entire floors, including work in laboratories and write-up areas, the central server room and new central chillers and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS).

The University of Cambridge - Ambient Cluster Project

Based on the West Cambridge Science and Technology Campus, the Maxwell Centre provides a centerpiece for industrial engagement with physical scientists and engineers. Built in 2016 it enables research scientists from industry to occupy laboratory and desk space alongside their university collaborators. 

In late 2017 Kershaw Special Projects Division was appointed to undertake the enabling works for a laboratory fit-out for the new Ambient Cluster project. 

The works involved the supply and installation of the new M&E services, including the BWIC items associated with the project. It also required the removal of existing services to allow the wall removal, ceiling modifications and making good, new resin floor works, re-positioning of the existing laboratory doors, removal of existing doors, new gas detection and oxygen depletion services. Furniture removal to allow the works, fume cupboard re-positioning and re-positioning of the hand wash station was also required.

Given that the team were working adjacent to an operational environment, suitable fencing and signage were displayed to ensure a large number of students - both pedestrians and cyclists - were prevented from accidental access to working areas. It was also vital that noise and dust disturbance was kept to a minimum – this is especially important given the research being undertaking in the adjacent laboratories and the machinery stored within. 

As with all projects health and safety was a key priority. Daily site checks were carried out by the Site Supervisor and weekly site visits to monitor health and safety on site were carried out by the Contracts Manager. 

Paul Harris, Kershaw Mechanical Services – Special Projects Division “One of the slightly unusual health and safety factors on this site was that the laboratory adjacent contained a powerful magnet that could have been harmful to persons with a pacemaker or similar.” “This and any other risks were recorded in the site RAMS, which were vital to ensure the safety of our team, other contractors, staff and members of the public.”

The team also ensured formal health and safety inspections were carried out by their Health and Safety Advisor on a fortnightly basis throughout the project with Inspection reports being issued following each visit. 

Working within a live environment meant the team had to ensure deliveries and the removal of debris was carried out with minimum disruption to the other users. All deliveries were scheduled in good time avoiding peak hours where possible in a bid to avoid increased congestion in the local area. The larger deliveries were planned and coordinated with the Client and booked in before delivering to the site.

The project ran from late October 2017 through to late January 2018. Upon completion, the lab became home to the custom-built Ambient Processing Cluster Tool. 

The Ambient Cluster is part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute, which is a national facility