Due to an increase in workload we are seeking to recruit the following positions to join our team:
- MEP Revit Technician (based in Ballymoney & Belfast)
- Senior Design Manager (based between Belfast & London)
- Junior Design Manager (based in Ballymoney, Belfast & London)
For more details, please follow the relevant links above.
Applications must be submitted by Friday 7th October 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
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
The 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
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.
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.
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 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.
Working in conjunction with 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.
Please see the flythrough video below or follow the link for more information:
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.”
As reported in October 2015, Dowds Group are currently on-site on a number of education projects throughout London. Below we have provided a brief update on progress on-site:
Harris 6th Form Academy
Following the handover of the completed project in December 2014, Dowds Group Integrated Services Team have remained on-site carrying out planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and minor works for the School. This service has proved a great success and we have been contracted to continue the partnership until at least December 2016.
The foundations at Northwood School were completed in August 2015 and construction is continuing to deliver the new 1,080 capacity school by September 2016. The school’s superstructure and roof were in place by December 2015 and the internal works including the main mechanical and electrical systems installations will continue throughout Spring and early Summer 2016.
Harris Primary Academy, Chafford Hundred
Construction works are well underway in the new build Harris Primary Academy as can be seen in the progress shots below. Dowds Group joined the site to begin the services installations in December 2015.
The finished project will see a five form entry primary school involving the erection of three storey building with new roadway access cycle and pedestrian access, as well as, the creation of parking areas and all landscaping works.
Harris Primary Academy in Shortlands, Bromley
We are also now on-site in Shortlands, following the demolition of the previously existing building and the construction of the mainframe for the new two-storey school.
The project entails the construction of a new build primary school for the catering for 420 pupils and associated new provisions constructed for car parking, vehicular access, playground sports pitches and landscaping.
Dowds Group will start on a further 5 school sites across London in 2016 and we will continue to provide progress reports throughout the year.
2015 was another successful year for Dowds Group, not only did we celebrate receiving the Electrical Contractor of the Year at the NI Electrical Awards, but our work in Craigavon Area Hospital was recognised in the Project of the Year Category.
Work progressed well on key site in Northern Ireland including Omagh Hospital, Altnagelvin Hospital and at Finnebrogue Artisan Food Factory in County Down. We have expanded our presence in London and the South East with works underway on a further two major schools projects and initial work is underway on Aberdeen Art Gallery.
In addition, we were singled out for our on-going Apprenticeship programme run in conjunction with ETT.
See below for press clippings for some of our 2015 good news stories