Altius Assured Accreditation
Environment & Power Technology (EPT) are proud to announce the extension of their accreditation and certification portfolio by achieving the required assessment level of an Altius Assured Vendor. Altius are a member of the Safety Schemes In Procurement, who set the agreed bench-mark for pre-qualification standards in the United Kingdom. Altius Assured Vendor’s undergo an assessment process of their capabilities and competencies on behalf of their clients to ensure an effective supply chain based on measurable levels of performance.
Marc Warner, EPT’s Quality, Health, Safety & Environment Manger completed the assessment process and has produced a profile which current and future clients can access and review. The profile contains information regarding our competencies in delivering building services. This details our experience, resources and systems to evidence EPT’s reliability, which large organisations expect from their supply chain. Overall the Altius Vendor is able to demonstrate assurance in working safely and compliance with specific legislation, such as the Construction, Design and Management Regulations.
More specifically, the Altius Vendor is able to present their capability in regards to health & safety, information security, quality of service, commercial competency and focus in corporate social responsibility. Marc Warner said,
‘Building a competitive advantage is essential in our market place and EPT acknowledge the importance of Altius to a key number of our existing clients. We will now be seeking to utilise are expanding certification programme to explain to potential customers how we can serve the facility management needs and assist in reducing their carbon footprint and lowering their associated costs.’
The danger of the water reaching the electricity supply, presented the greatest threat. Therefore, the electricians immediately set about ensuring the substation was secure from the risk of the flood.
There were still over 30 vehicles in the car park area so EPT together with the on-site staff organised their removal, as the water levels were rising. After liaising with The Environment Agency and United Utilities, a planned response of activities was quickly executed. This included arranging the supply of two 2,000 gallon jet vacuumation tankers to pump out the flood water.
In order to meet the client’s expectations of re-opening the affected area, the decision was taken to double the equipment capacity for the following day. In just 4 days, 6,000 cubic metres of water, enough to fill almost two-and-a-half Olympic swimming pools was removed to a nearby main sewers by four jet tankers operating in unison. With the basement cleared of flood water a full assessment of critical plant equipment contained on the same floor could be conducted. This included two boost water pump sets, which supplied the water distribution systems, located on the roof and in the plant rooms. The damage was beyond economic repair, so the existing pumps were stripped out with the installation of new sets. Before re-installing the water supply, the systems underwent a chlorination process. This ensured a safe water supply was ready for full re-occupation following the Christmas and New Year period.
The remaining water laying in the depth of the lift shafts was pumped out, so the lifts could be re-instated. The clean-up operation involved the removal of a significant amount of silt and debris. The operation was completed by final visual and technical inspections of the entire site. HMRC were able to continue operations during the process, with a skeleton staff due to the holiday period. The Senior Estates Team at HMRC, “were extremely pleased with the response and efforts” taken to resolve the storms consequences. EPT’s Director, Richard Rodgers said, “We are pleased with the positive feedback received from ensuring business continuity for organisations after the occurrence of such adversities.”
There were six storms that struck the United Kingdom in the seven weeks leading up to the New Year. In this country we now follow the United States arrangement of naming storms in advance by a table of alphabetical alternating gender names. To enable consistency we also adopt their method by not using names beginning with the letters Q, U, X, Y, & Z. New names change each year, occasionally repetition may occur, however names associated with previous notorious storms are avoided.
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Indeed that figure doesn’t even take into account lost output due to closed businesses, travel disruptions and blackouts, which all increase during storm periods.
This is where the expertise of building services companies can come in to ensure organisations can quickly get back on their feet and back to full operation.
Environment & Power Technology (EPT), based in Greater Manchester but operating nationally are a company whose significant skills in this field are experiencing increased demands from flood effected organisations. Last year concerns were raised regarding tidal flooding affecting parts of the Eastern Coast and many people were evacuated from vulnerable areas. EPT provided disaster response and recovery to the flood damage that hit one of the government’s HM Revenue & Customs Building’s at Immingham Dock near Grimsby.
The tidal surge had caused significant damage to the building’s ground floor. Water levels were 2 metres higher than normal and testing revealed that the water was contaminated with sewage. Much of the flood was directly from sea water, which can be particularly corrosive. EPT immediately addressed the major problem by pumping out the water, before conducting the removal of damaged fixtures and fittings and stripping out the fabric back to the bare brickwork. A specialist cleaning and disinfecting operation was followed with a commercial building drying process. The size of the affected area required the utilisation of a variety of high capacity dehumidifying industrial equipment.
The second phase of the project represented the final stage of the building restoration. EPT instructed its skilled teams of plumbers, plasterers, floor layers, joiners, painters and decorators and mechanical engineers to fully restore the building to its entire working order.
EPT Director Richard Rodgers explained, “We recognise the urgency of organisation’s who experience flooding to become fully operational as soon as possible, so EPT is adept at immediately responding to any kind of disaster and executing quick and thorough building restoration projects.”
5.2 million properties in the UK are at risk of flooding, which is around 1 in every 6. Businesses in Greater Manchester district are not excluded from the risks of flooding. Indeed the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment has identified a number of areas in Greater Manchester that are subject to either flood warnings or extreme flood warnings. The report does also not shy away from the effects of climate change, stating that the number of “rainy-days” and the average intensity of rainfall is expected to increase.
Richard Rodgers addresses this wider concern, “Environment & Power Technology are concerned with serving companies to minimise their carbon footprint by carrying out maintenance services that help reduce their energy consumption. We are very proud of the environmentally friendly role we are able to play in assisting companies achieve their corporate social responsibility goals concerned with preserving the planet.”
This article was featured on the Greater Manchester Chambers of Commerce Website 23rd December 2015, you can view the article here
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With our year end on 31st December, we’re proud to reflect on the growth that has been achieved by our dedicated and growing team, with turnover up by nearly 40% at £3.3M.
Building on growth from the previous year we are immensely proud of all our team’s efforts throughout 2014 in providing our new and existing clients with the excellent FM service which continues to enhance our growing reputation.
We will retain our customer-focused approach in the coming year and continue to build on this success as we develop new opportunities and expand in to new geographical areas in line with our client’s requirements.
As part of a strategy to grow and develop the Electrical department, EPT are delighted to announce the appointment of, Ian Mills, as Electrical Director.
Ian’s background has been in providing solutions for the field of Generators and UPS products, mainly plant room installs for Retail and Data Centre clients.
He has managed key accounts nationally for multiple facility services companies and Utilities including Eon, Yorkshire Water, Southern Trent and Anglian Water.
With experience in the design and build of complete packages for Data Centres, including Generator, UPS and Air Conditioning, including subsequent award of Maintenance Contracts, Ian is an ideal candidate to be a success in the role.
The Gas Safe register was set up on 1 April 2009 to replace CORGI as the gas registration body of the UK. The purpose of the register is to maintain the highest possible safety standards for gas works by ensuring companies are properly vetted and the gas safe engineers register their up to date qualifications and only work in specific areas of competence.
We are therefore proud to be a member and abide by the rules that ensure our staff are competent and safe to work on gas fired appliances.
We are proud to be members of SAFEcontractor, having completed their health and safety pre-qualification assessment scheme. We share their dedication in promoting higher standards of competence and compliance with health & safety legislation.