Special Educational Needs Schools (SENs) – West London

Dowds Group are delighted to be teaming up once again with Farrans Construction to deliver two Special Education Needs schools in Hounslow in West London.  M&E works for the schools started on site in April 2017 after an intensive design period. Both are scheduled for completion in September 2018.

Marjory Kinnon
The new £29.3M Marjory Kinnon primary and secondary school will be built in Feltham close to Heathrow Airport.  The completed project will see the creation of a two-storey school with over 9,500m² of teaching space to cater for 288 pupils. It will feature an array of therapy and physical activity spaces geared towards quality learning in a safe, flexible environment.

Gresham Road
Gresham Road School is being built on a greenfield site and will have a floor area of 8,500m² over three storeys and has a construction value of £32.6M, The building will house bespoke teaching spaces, hydrotherapy and warm pools, a gym, running track and recording studio. It will cater for 224 pupils with severe and multiple learning difficulties.

Both schemes are on target to meet the environmental standard of BREEAM ‘excellent’. They are also being designed and delivered to meet BIM level 2.


Altnagelvin Hospital – Radiotherapy Unit

The successful completion of the New Radiotherapy Treatment Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital has sustained our long standing presence on this acute hospital site and further enhanced our ongoing relationship with the Western Health and Social Care Trust. The project consists of all mechanical, electrical and medical gas installations necessary in the construction of a new Radiotherapy Unit on a brownfield site within a live hospital campus.

The new building provides ground floor treatment rooms including 4 linear accelerator bunkers, MRI scanner suites, CT scanner suites, and plain x-ray, as well as first and second floor offices and respite care, bed wards and isolation suites. Works also included the extension and refurbishment of the existing Chemotherapy Suite, the refurbishment of the ground floor of the Tower Block, and the construction of an underground car park. The new unit links to the existing hospital via underground service tunnels and new link corridors.

On Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit we utilised our in-house BIM/CAD facilities to encourage early integration of the client, design and build teams to facilitate better decision-making in regards to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical installations.


Northwood School, London Borough of Hillingdon

Dowds Group have recently completed the construction on the remarkable new building for Northwood Secondary School in Hillingdon, London. The London Borough of Hillingdon and the Education Funding Agency funded this £35 million development.

The new school building accommodates 1,050 pupils, it has three storeys and measures 9,800 square metres in size. In total there is 53 classrooms which include, science rooms, a science garden, specialist design and technology rooms, a large library, a large art room, sixth form study and social areas, special education needs room, a spacious sports hall and an outdoor learning terrace. Northwood School promotes an academic focus on performing arts with a stage area with retractable seating, an outdoor amphitheatre and performing arts/music specialist rooms.

In a collaborated approach, Farrans along with Dowds Group successfully completed Phase 1 of the development within 18 months giving an ideal environment for the continued delivery of top quality teaching and learning for the students of Northwood.  We completed M&E installations within the main school building and fitted out the classrooms, labs and office accommodation.

Check out Northwood School in our fly-through video below:



We’re Hiring!

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Due to an increase in workload we are seeking to recruit the following positions to join our team:

For more details, please follow the relevant links above.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 7th October 2016.


London Schools Update: June 2016


Harris Primary Academy in Shortlands, Bromley


Work on the Shortlands site is progressing on schedule and we look set to meet our contract end date of June 2016.   The installation has been completed & we are currently commissioning all Mechanical & Electrical systems in line with our commissioning programme. Demonstrations to the client will commence shortly after commissioning has been completed.

Harris Primary Academy, Chafford Hundred

With the project due for completion in 2016-01-06 15.37.45July 2016 we are now entering the final stages of the work on Chafford Hundred Primary School.

Electrically all containment is complete and the mechanical wiring, fire alarm and security systems are fully fitted.  We are currently in the process getting rooms signed off.

Mechanically, the boilerhouse & heating system has been completed. We are in the final stages of completing the plumbing system including installation sanitary ware & finishing the soils and waste system installation.


Works are progressing well on the new Northwood Secondary School site.  The ‘topping out’ ceremony took place on the 3rd March 2016.  This marks a major milestone in the construction of the new school and signals that Phase 1 (which involves the construction of the new schools, car park and sports hall) of the works are on schedule to be completed on programme by September 2016.   We have completed our first fix M&E installations within the main school building and are currently fitting out the classrooms, labs and office accommodation.  With the plantroom installations completed, and main utilities now live we will soon be commencing our commissioning activities.


In addition to the on-going site we have started on site on a further four schools:

Harris Primary School, East Dulwich

030_1_9_n36The project in East Dulwich involves the construction of a new primary academy school on the site of a former policestation.   The new four storey building will be similar in scale and massing to the existing building on the site.  On the ground floor will be the administrative area, school hall, kitchen and classrooms for the reception year group. Also accessible from this level is the play space to the rear of the site.  Dowds Group joined the site in April 2016 and a phased handover of this project will see the Ground & First Floor (including the second floor plantrooms) handed over to the client in August 2016. Phase 2 incorporating theSecond & Third Floor is due to be handed over to the client for the end of October.

Harris Academy, Tottenham Hale

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Based on the former site of the Lee Valley Technopark, the new Harris Academy Tottenham Hale and will provide 12,000m2 of new teaching accommodation.  The works will consist of internal refurbishment of the existing buildings along with the construction of a two storey teaching block and a Sports Hall.  The first phase of refurbished accommodation is required to be complete for September 2016, with further phases completed for September 2017.

East London Arts & Music

The new build East London Arts & Music project will see the construction of a 3150m2 teaching space for 300 trainees, aged between 16 and 19, and will include live recording studios and digital arts studios.  M&E works began in March 2016 and we are expected to be on-site until February 2017.

Space Studios

The Dowds Group team headed by Jack Gourley & Malachy Molloy started on site at Space Studio West London, in February 2016.  The complete school will cater for 300 students aged 14-18 and will specialise in Space, Aerospace, Science and Maths. The project consists of a new 2 storey building and will be built on an existing school site in Feltham near Heathrow Airport. The existing building will be demolished and all services removed prior to the building of the new school building.  Works are expected to be complete by November 2016.



Dowds Group are shortlisted for the NI Plumbing & Heating Awards 2016


We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in three categories in this year’s NI Plumbing & Heating Awards 2016.

The biennial awards were established in 2012 to find the province’s top plumbing and heating installers, contractors, merchants, people, projects and products.

We have been shortlisted for the ‘Contractor of the Year’ award – the accolade is presented to the company that best demonstrates their solutions to overcoming recent challenges.

In addition, our work on Finnebrogue Factory in Downpatrick for artisan food producers, Lynn Country Foods has been recognised in the Commercial Project of the Year category.

We are also pleased to report that our 3rd Year Mechanical Apprentice, Aaron Corr, has been shortlisted in the Apprentice of the Year Category.  This category seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an apprentice’s outstanding contribution to their workplace. 

The awards will take place at a gala ceremony in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast on the 9th June 2016.

For further details of the awards – please see: http://plumbingmag.com/events/awards-2016/



Dowds are Perfect Fit for Finnebrogue.

Dowds Group have recently completed construction on the impressive new factory for Finnebrogue, the artisan food factory in Downpatrick, including the fit-out of their stunning office suite .  Dowds were appointed by the Client, Lynn’s Country Foods, to complete the works on the major new manufacturing facility.

The Dowds Integrated Services team was established to provide clients with a tailored service, bringing together construction, fit-out, maintenance and mechanical and electrical services under the umbrella of one dedicated skilled team. For the new office block at Finnebrogue the team provided the full mechanical and electrical design and installation of the services as well as the interior fit-out.

The Integrated Services team had to utilise their many years of experience to manage the coordination of the many different work packages operating on site as one.  As Nigel Connolly, Divisional Manager explains:

“This was a challenging project due to the extremely tight time scale of 12 weeks, and the fact the factory had to remain operational throughout. We had to coordinate the activities of 40 site operatives and ensure that works were completed to Dowds exacting standards.  We are delighted with the end result, the high spec offices have been delivered to the delight of Lynn Country Foods and importantly with an excellent quality of finish.” 

The offices are fully equipped with general and specialist lighting, general and underfloor heating, air-conditioning and heat recovery systems, rain water harvesting, access control systems, IT/Data systems and BMS controls.

The design of new offices combines contemporary detailing with a classic approach to space configuration, optimising working, social and meetings areas.  The open plan reception and visitor waiting areas are central to the design scheme using neutrals and vibrant contrasting colours to create a stylish and modern finish, a theme which is carried through to the ‘back of house’ areas.


Omagh Hospital Update: February 2016

Working in conjunction wiSite Photo 1 (2)th main contractor, McLaughlin & Harvey, Dowds Group are currently completing the electrical contract on the new Omagh Enhanced Hospital.

Overall the main construction is progressing well on-site, as can be seen from the progress shots.  The concrete frame complete for all of the eight blocks and work well underway on the structural steel framework, external car park construction and landscaping.

In terms of the electrical installation, the 1st fix stage is nearing completion with 2nd fix wiring ongoing to three of the buildings.  It is anticipated that fitting out will commence in February/March 2016.

Following the 850KVA transformers and HV switchgear installation into the energy centre in December 2015, two further 850KVA transformers (which will service half of the building) will be lifted into position on the roof in February.

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Please see the flythrough video below or follow the link for more information:



DETI Minister Jonathan Bell visits Dowds Group

GK6A4435 (2)Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has welcomed the creation of 46 new skilled jobs by Dowds Group.

Dowds Group specialises in the design and build of mechanical and electrical services within large-scale education, healthcare, industrial and commercial facilities. To accommodate its growth in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the M&E contractor has recently opened a second office in Belfast.

Jonathan Bell said: “Dowds Group is an ambitious, export focused business which has significantly built up its technical capabilities and personnel to continue their growth in new markets. I am pleased Invest Northern Ireland has been able to support the growth of the company through the offer of £192,000 enabling the creation of 32 of the 46 jobs. The new jobs will include management, technical and business development roles, as well as electrician and plumbing positions.

“The enhancement of their workforce will enable Dowds Group to secure additional large projects. The new positions will contribute over £980,000 annually in salaries to the Northern Ireland economy and signals encouraging growth in the construction sector.”

“Dowds Group has devoted significant resources to their expansion including strengthening their BIM/CAD facilities through the introduction of new staff and a major upgrade of 3D modelling Revit software and associated hardware. They have also established a new ‘Integrated Services’ division to expand their range of services to include construction, fit out and facilities management.”

Managing Director James Dowds added: “In addition to Invest NI’s contribution, we have committed circa £1million to expand our presence in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. The introduction of new staff gives us greater capacity and enhanced confidence to deliver on our strategy of long term growth.

“We have secured contracts which will see our turnover increase by 35% for 2016 and we will continue our investment in new talent to build a stronger company and further develop our customer base.”

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