Building services provider J S Wright is to design the mechanical services for 800 new homes at two major developments in north and east London.

The mechanical and electrical (M&E) specialist, which has offices in Birmingham, Bristol and London, has been awarded two contracts together valued at more than £200,000 to design the heating, gas, hot and cold water, drainage and ventilation services for Seasprite Close in Northolt and New Road in Rainham.

Both schemes of maisonettes, town houses and apartments totalling 800 units are being developed in partnerships between leading housebuilder Hill and Ealing Council and Clarion Housing Group respectively.

J S Wright will design heat networks for the 62 private apartments housed in three blocks of four to eight storeys at the Seasprite Close scheme, and for the 666 apartments housed in 15 blocks of five to 15 storeys at New Road, Rainham where 35 per cent of all the new properties will be affordable housing.

These communal heating systems will incorporate energy efficient and carbon-saving gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) energy centres that will deliver low pressure domestic hot water on demand as well as underfloor heating to each apartment at low return temperatures.

As heat network consultants accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), J S Wright will build the systems to Fair Heat specification and in accordance with the principles of the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice.

The company will also reduce building energy costs at both developments by designing mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) systems that will extract stale air from apartments and replace it with fresh incoming air heated by the outgoing air.

Seasprite Close is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2021, while the New Road, Rainham development is scheduled for completion in 2025.

J S Wright is already working on design and build contracts for Hill and Peabody at a 300-home scheme at 97 Lea Bridge Road in Leyton and a 66-home development at The Reach in Thamesmead.

Marcus Aniol, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted to be able to strengthen our relationship with such a prestigious housebuilder by designing energy saving services for ever-wider areas of London that are undergoing regeneration.”

Founded in Birmingham in 1890, J S Wright designs, builds and maintains M&E services for the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors.

The company was voted one of the UK’s Top Ten Specialist Contractors to Work For in the 2016 Construction Enquirer Awards and was a finalist in three categories in this year’s H&V News Awards.

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