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BNP Paribas Real Estate – Project Management

Energy & Technical Services was appointed by BNP Paribas Real Estate to undertake a building performance audit at 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham.

Our consultants identified the existing Fire Alarm system was no longer compliant with prevailing Health and Safety standards and required upgrading. After discussing various options with the Building Management team, our consultants produced a specification, competitively tendered the works and project managed the installation of a new Fire Alarm system.


As a, large, multi-site building, there were multiple challenges to the delivery of this project. The building had undergone a number of tenant alterations which had not been recorded against the original design specification.

In addition, the aging infrastructure and electrical cabling presented additional challenges during the installation of the new Fire Alarm system. To overcome this, our in-house M&E specialists implemented a programme of works that would accommodate ad-hoc M&E works to repair some of the damaged caballing.

It was essential that the building remained fully operational whilst the works were carried out. Early stakeholder engagement with client representatives and tenants ensured that works did not disrupt the existing tenants. Special measures were applied to retail space and car park elements to ensure works did not impact on trade.

Added Value / Achievements

Our consultants’ valuable product and building knowledge ensured our client was presented with the best options available and provided with appropriate guidance on maintenance and serviceability. As a result, the project was completed on time and within budget.

A new fire alarm system installed on time

stakeholder engagement and guidance support


Date Palm Developments – Complete Building Solutions

Date Palm Developments (DPD) approached ETS to design, install, and commission a new Building Management System (BMS) for their proposed "Ottons Lab." Given the complex nature of the facility, which specialises in plant cloning, highly detailed designs relating to HVAC controls and operational security were necessary to maintain optimal conditions for both plant growth and occupant comfort in the office areas.

BNP Paribas – Simulated Power Failure

The power test was successful with back-up power supplies, fire alarms, emergency lighting, pedestrian access systems all operating as expected during power failure. All equipment operated correctly and efficiently when power was reinstated.

Harris Lamb – Mechanical & Electrical Performance Specification

Successful office fit-out project with upgraded VRF heat pump cooling, LED lighting and heat recovery ventilation. Improved energy efficiency and occupant comfort led to an increase in the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating from C to B.