JS Wright wins £3.5m M&E deal for Birmingham's Arena Central

JS Wright has secured a £3.5 million mechanical and electrical services contract for Arena Central in Birmingham.

The building services specialist will design and build the M&E services for 323 apartments within two new 17 and 22-storey blocks on the city centre site next to the Alpha Tower in Holiday Street for Galliford Try Building.

The Birmingham-headquartered contractor, which also has offices in Bristol and London, will supply and install a cold water booster set and tank room, water sprinklers, above ground drainage, wet risers and a symphonic rainwater system.

The company will also equip all the apartments with hot water cylinders to provide mains pressure hot water and low-energy mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) for all ‘wet’ rooms within the £40 million private rental sector apartment scheme.

The contract also involves installing whole-house mechanical ventilation (MVHR) for the continuous supply of filtered pre-heated fresh air and purge ventilation to remove pollutants. It also extends to fitting direct expansion (DX) cooling units to directly cool incoming air in a number of the apartments.

JS Wright will also manage the design and installation of the electrical safety and security services for the development in association with its Birmingham electrical partner JT Hawkes.

The services will include closed circuit television (CCTV), internal and external lighting including individual lighting, small power and electrical heating for each apartment, lightning protection, and cable containment. Fire alarms, smoke ventilation, access control and telephone systems are also part of the commission.

Marcus Aniol, managing director of J S Wright, who earlier this year led a senior management buyout of the company following the retirement of the previous owners, said: “As one of Birmingham’s longest established companies, we are delighted to be able to work once again with our longstanding partners in making such a major contribution to the city’s ongoing regeneration.”

Work on the 18-month project is due to start in August with completion scheduled for February 2019.

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