J S Wright has secured a contract worth over £9.5 million to carry out mechanical and electrical works on the landmark Hockley Mills development in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
The Birmingham-based contractor, which also has a London office, will design and build the M&E services for the 395 flats at the £105 million mixed-use scheme on Pitsford Street for developer Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd.
J S Wright will provide a range of services for the build-to-rent apartments contained in six new buildings on the former brownfield site.
The one to three-bed flats complex forms part of a project to build eight individual buildings, entailing retail, leisure and office space, which reflect the heritage and architecture of the Jewellery Quarter.
Mechanical works will include the design and installation of services including soil and waste, hot and cold water, sanitaryware and ventilation systems. Tasks also include fitting residential sprinkler systems, external rainwater services and landlords boosted cold water distribution, along with corridor smoke ventilation and car park ventilation systems including dry risers.
Thermal modelling techniques will be used to reduce overheating, and SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) and SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) energy-efficiency calculations made to meet government emission targets.
Electrical works will involve the design and installation of the low-voltage switch room including the switchboards for powering the flats and landlord areas, as well as internal and external lighting systems, access control and CCTV equipment, domestic fire alarms, lightning protection and electric vehicle charging points.
An IT system for landlord property management will also be installed by the company as part of the electrical package.
Work is set to start on site in September with completion due in June 2023.
Phil Leech, managing director of J S Wright, said the company’s first mechanical and electrical contract with Sir Robert McAlpine “enables us to help turn a brownfield site in our home city into an attractive development for contemporary working and living”.
Established in Birmingham in 1890, J S Wright designs, manufactures, installs and maintains mechanical and electrical services for the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors.