3 NODS FOR NLCE PROJECTS AT CONSTRUCTION AWARDS

NLCE projects have been nominated in two categories at this years Construction Awards. Both Brown Thomas Level 2 and Newbridge Credit Union have received nods for Retail Project of the Year 2018. NLCE acted as Mechanical and Electrical Design Engineers on both of these projects and delivered detailed and innovative designs to both.

Also, Kilcock Primary Care Centre, only handed over in February has gotten the nod in Health Project of the Year Category! Kilcock was the first of our five Primary Care Centres to be handed over and is now fully occupied and operational. Waterford, Wexford, Carrick-On-Suir and Dungarvan are expected to be completed and handed over very soon.

Congratulations to all involved in these fantastic projects.

See the full list of nominations here

Kilkenny Community Radio Relaunch

Kilkenny Community Radio is a local community based, volunteer radio station which promotes the aims and ideals of the community it serves. The station stripped back its hours in 2002 to broadcasting only part-time until March 2017. However now after almost a year of inactivity, Kilkenny Community Radio is again broadcasting 7 days a week.

Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers were delighted to be involved in the re-launching of Kilkenny Community Radio. Working as Mechanical and Electrical Consultants, NLCE staff sourced and hired Builders and Electricians to help in the revamp of the broadcasting building based on the outskirts of Kilkenny city.

A number of Fire and Upgrade Works were required in the building in order to make it fire compliant. NLCE staff designed new emergency lighting systems as well as fire alarm systems for the building. However, particular areas of the building required detailed examination including building partitions, floors to comply with building regulations, plasterboard on ceilings and a complete rewiring of electrical installations

This was a particularly interesting project for Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers having never completed works at a broadcasting centre before. There was a high level of interest among staff to be involved in the project. Electrical works, in particular, had to be completed in order to facilitate the re-launch of the station. This important element of the project was fast-tracked and completed in plenty of time to allow the re-launch of the community radio station.

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Kilcock Primary Care Centre

As part of the PPP Primary Health Care build Kilcock Primary Care Centre has reached service commencement status. This is one of 5 Primary Care sites within the bundle that Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers were appointed as design-build M&E consultants. Other sites include Carrick on Suir, Dungarvan, Waterford, Wexford all of which are due to open later this year.

Kilcock Primary Care will take the strain off the hospital system by providing community-based care. The services provided include outpatient consultants, GP surgeries, wound treatment, community nursing, mental health services, physiotherapy services, to name a few.

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NLCE designed this building to BIM level 2 standards which will allow the HSE reap the benefits of integrating it into their FM providers system. The building is predominantly naturally ventilated and achieves an A3 BER rating. A sedum roof adds to the green credential of the building.

The M&E services are designed with full flexibility to allow varying operating hours for all department within the building. This prevents energy wastage in the overall building. The BMS and energy monitoring systems monitor all M&E systems and reports to a central server that can be accessed remotely by the FM providers.

Glaziers Hall

The original Glaziers Hall was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Relocated to its current residence in 1808, the building is nestled under London Bridge and adjoins the famous ‘Nancy Steps’ made famous by Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’. Glaziers Hall is now an event space with seven exclusive and unique event halls which have been built for groups.

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Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers (NLCE) were appointed M&E co-ordinators during the construction stage, to help with the refurbishment of this beautiful and iconic building. NLCE’s role in this project was to both upgrade existing mechanical and electrical services and strip-out works, whilst also helping the M&E contractors with detailed design. Most of the building underwent upgrade including the new basement function rooms, the main kitchen, lobby & parlour on the ground floor, as well as the offices on the first floor.

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Heating and Cooling pipework in the Glaziers Hall required re-routing and modifications to allow for new architectural openings. Due to a reduction in kitchen size, the level of air needed was reduced and the difference pumped to the basement. The basement had suspended linear fluorescent fittings, which were subsequently replaced with better quality and energy efficient LED lights. Emergency lighting which was previously controlled by means of key switches located next to the distribution board was replaced and upgraded to a more modern, self-monitoring system.

The first-floor offices at the time of NLCE entrance had no existing heating or ventilation provisions- therefore a new system was to be designed. Understanding how important fresh air is to both the health and the performance of employees is key in the development of sustainable buildings and therefore is adapted by NLCE in all of our projects.

The building’s energy is monitored by a Building Management System (BMS) which was installed by Beacon Controls. Lighting, heating and all other building services can be monitored and controlled through this BMS which will help develop energy-saving opportunities and ensure building services are being used efficiently. The BMS settings can be changed manually by Glaziers Hall staff or through an online portal by Engineers if environmental changes require doing so.

NLCE were delighted to be involved in this project and are excited to see our International portfolio growing – with such a spectrum of projects too!

If you want to get in touch with NLCE to discuss possible upgrades to your building, email info@nlce.ie or call 056 7721115.

Sean Kelly Sports Centre Renovation

After a fire breached the boiler and plant room of the Séan Kelly Sports Centre back January, much of the mechanical and electrical systems within the building had been left destroyed.

The fire began in one of the main boilers and spread throughout the plant room, causing a lot of local damage, luckily the local fire service got to the fire quickly and extinguished the flames.

Emergency M&E services were put in place to ensure the building was not out-of-service to the Carrick-On-Suir community for more than one week, however these emergency measures were only short term. Due to the centre’s communal impact on Carrick-On-Suir, Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers were more than happy to be involved in the renovation of the site.

Marcus Fitzsimons of Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers was hired as the Mechanical and Electrical Engineer(s) to put in place the new system which should see the Séan Kelly Sports Centre serving the local/Carrick-on-Suir community for many more years to come.

As you will see from the before and after pictures (See below), extensive damage was done to the boiler and plant rooms in the building. The main boilers were replaced, heating pumps and piping were also badly damaged and needed replacing with newer versions. The building management system (BMS) was also replaced with new sensors and fire detection equipment fitted, the new BMS system will provide the centre management with significantly better controls. The two CHP (Combined Heat Power) units were largely left undamaged, although associated pipe works and electrics were.

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Soot was blown from the boiler and plant room through the ventilation to the main swimming pool. The soot which fell from ceiling ventilation to the main pool area can be seen in the photos below (See below), the ventilation system required a thorough cleaning, access to the ventilation was difficult given the height and the position of the vents above the water.

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The pool pumps for the main pool needed replacing also, the variable speed drives were replaced and relocated above the main pool pumps (See below).

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The Centre is often busy at all hours and receives a large number of visitors before and after going to work. The building has long opening hours, opening at 8 a.m and closing at 9:15 p.m, the refurbishment works were carried out while the centre was still running and as a result a minimal amount of disruption to the business occurred.

Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers could not have completed the above works without the close and constant support of the centre management and our partners in the above emergency and restoration works. Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers would like to thank:

– The Carrick-on-Suir community (For their patience)

– The staff and management of Sean Kelly Sports Centre

– Frank Commins Mechanical

– Alan Commins Electrical

– Pool and Spa Services Ltd.

– Kinviro CHP (Aka Glenenergy)

– Cleanzone Technology

– Accent Solutions (BMS)

– IFFR (Irish Fire and Flood Restoration)

– Hall Alarms

– Woodlock Scaffolding

–  John Phelan Skip Hire

– Aska Sykes Ltd. (Temporary Heating)

Eurostat EPC Changes

Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers, together with sister company Green Energy Solutions are involved in Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) projects with Dublin City Council. Green Energy Solutions are carrying out energy upgrades in three of Ireland’s largest leisure centres, all of which are based in Dublin. This week, big changes were made to how these projects are dealt with financially as Eurostat announced changes to the guidance notes regarding EPCs. These changes will significantly increase the likelihood of public bodies using EPC contracts and will also pave the way for a stronger market of EPC providers, involving many SMEs.


According to data collected by European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), over the last five years 345 new public-private partnership projects concerning energy performance were signed in 16 EU Member States, for the total value of over €65 billion. These numbers are now only set to increase as government bodies and governments in general, can create more opportunities with Local Authorities and Government Agencies as the funding for these projects does not appear as debt on the balance sheet.
The note provides guidance to statisticians regarding the interpretation of certain ESA 2010 provisions – the European System of Accounts – in the case of EPCs, more specifically those EPCs which require an initial capital expenditure to improve the energy efficiency of a facility. EPCs where the energy efficiency is obtained through energy management measures, without any investment in equipment or renewal, are treated as simple service or maintenance contracts. This revised guidance is applied in cases where the EPC-contractor can be considered as the economic owner of the asset.

 
As Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and responsible for Eurostat, said: “Europe needs investments. With this guidance, we show how public authorities can invest in full respect of the principles of public accounting, now also in the energy sector. Facilitating investments in energy efficiency measures also has an important social function, as public buildings such as social housing facilities will benefit from it too.” This change may be what the Local Authorities and Government Agencies need if they are to make big financial investments in the local communities and cities of Ireland.

To read more about our success in winning Ireland’s first Publicly Procured EPC Tender, click here.

Tesla Fit-Out at Masthead

Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers with Green Energy Solutions (GES) together through our International Umbrella Organisation Pivotal International are delighted to have been recently involved in the development of the Unit 3 Masthead Tesla Project. NLCE committed both Mechanical and Electrical Services to this development and are very impressed with the end result.

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Mechanical services for this project included comfort cooling systems, heating systems, ventilation, hot and cold water, distribution mains for services and well as drainage services. Electrical services entailed the introduction of power, lighting and emergency lighting. A co-ordinated ceiling plan was also to be included in the designs. The project took a total of nine weeks for initial technical design to handover and close out.

There were a number of different areas in this building, all which required different considerations. The showrooms, required ceiling hung lighting. This created the best overall look to the showroom, giving the cars a gleaming finish. The offices, many of which did not have windows, required better use of artificial lighting but also needed to provide the space with a glare-free working environment. Automatic sensor lights were included in the offices for both convenience and energy conservation. Many of the individual offices were small in size and had either a glass door or wall looking out on to the showroom. These offices needed sufficient access to air conditioning/heating. Ventilation of these smaller offices was also a priority.

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Due to Tesla’s white and red branding, all interior walls were painted white, creating a naturally bright environment. Any visible electric boxes that were installed on the walls of the internal building were white to in-keep with the branding of the site.

European Energy Awards in Berlin

Delighted to be here in Berlin today at the European Energy Awards where our largest energy performance contract (EPC) with Dublin City Council (DCC) won a prestigious Energy Award.

Promoted by Codema, this project produces a ‘Win Win’ scenario for both ourselves and DCC as €750,000 of energy upgrade works in three leisure centres are financed from energy savings – the first Publicly Procured contract of its kind in Ireland. 

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NLCE Win Dublic City Council EPC Contract

Noel Lawler’s are delighted to announce that we are involved in Irelands first Local Authority Energy Performance Contract which was recently awarded to us after a very rigorous public tender process.

The project involves the upgrade of 3 no. Dublin City Council Sports & Fitness facilities and the EPC project will achieve an average energy savings of more than 30% annually through a range of energy-efficiency upgrades.  The EPC contract will run for 8 years and work is expected to get underway shortly.

Construction Due to Begin on Primary Care Centres

NLCE are pleased to be MEP Consultants on Irelands first Healthcare PPP. This is a 25-year contract to construct and maintain 14 Healthcare Centres throughout Ireland. It also marks the first Publicly Procured Project to be delivered using BIM (Building Information Modelling).

We have been working with the Prime Balfour Beatty / JJ Rhatigan & Co on a Joint Venture in the design of these projects and look forward now to commencement of the construction phase.

NLCE Win NDFA Schools Bundle 3

As part of the NDFA devolved schools programme, NLCE has recently been awarded the multi-million euro Bundle 3 project which consists of six schools.

These schools are located in the Cork,  Kerry and Limerick Region

  • Glavone National School – Limerick City
  • Midleton C.B.S. Secondary – Cork
  • Cloughduov National School – Cork
  • Watergrasshill National School – Cork
  • Nagle Rice National School – Kerry
  • Presentation Secondary Miltown – Kerry

They consist of a mix of new builds, extensions, special needs areas and some remedial works to existing schools both at a primary and post primary level.

NLCE win at Kilkenny Business Chambers Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Noel Lawler’s won an award under the category of Environmental at the 2015 Glanbia Kilkenny Business Awards Ceremony for our design & implementation of works within the Environmental / Energy Sector.

 Managing Director Daniel Ring and Directors Jason Smith and Jonathan Culleton accepting their award at the Kilkenny Business Chambers Awards 2015

Managing Director Daniel Ring and Directors Jason Smith and Jonathan Culleton accepting their award at the Kilkenny Business Chambers Awards 2015

Energy Works at the Eden Bleu Resort in Seychelles

NLCE are pleased to be involved in the implementation phase of the energy project which we devised in 2015 with Eden Bleu Resort in Seychelles.

The LED lighting upgrade is now substantially complete. We are next hoping to progress implementing a PV installation.

As a part of the energy project undertaken in 2015, NLCE carried out an assessment of the Eden Bleu Hotel energy usage, drawing up a detailed report to lead the hotel to an environmentally friendly business strategy. The hotel was using high levels of energy, especially in the spa and pool areas. The assessment included an examination of the hotel's carbon footprint and energy usage patterns, taking into account the systems already in place within the hotel and how they could be improved. The report that followed explained a strategy the hotel could follow to combat these issues and some measures that could be implemented which may require higher initial investment but savings in the long run.

Park House Refurbishment

Noel Lawler’s have recently been appointed as Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultants by Park House Partnership for the re-development / upgrade works at Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin.

Park House is a Six Storey office block over a ground floor and basement (8 no. floors in total), it is anticipated that the works will be phased out over a 3 – 4 year programme. 

We are currently undertaking initial survey works on the premises with design stage commencing end of May 2015.

V.H.I H.Q, Kilkenny

Having successfully worked on previous projects with the V.H.I. both in Dublin and Kilkenny, we are delighted to announce that NLCE have been invited back to act as MEP Engineers within the Design Team for the new extension to the V.H.I. Headquarters in Kilkenny City.

This new project consists of a new building extension and also incorporates refurbishment of the existing Headquarters office building.

Tottenham Mews

NLCE are engaged as services consultants in the re-development of this 19th Century building in the prestigious Fitzrovia district, only a short stroll from Tottenham Court Road.

Originally constructed as a warehouse, it comprises three floors above basement. It is now being transformed from a period office building to a modern apartment complex. The development will comprise seven luxury apartments. An interesting engineering feature of this complex is the single boiler house with heat metering for each apartment which is a planning requirement.

The Taxback Group

NLCE have recently been appointed as Mechanical & Electrical Building Services Consultants for Taxback.com – this is now at post tender stage.

This project entails an extension to the existing building of approximately 1,600m sq., plus associated site works including utility services and car parking.

 The Taxback Group H.Q in Kilkenny

The Taxback Group H.Q in Kilkenny