Our Case Studies
Sir Robert McAlpine started the construction of the £228m City of Glasgow College Super Campus. The new campus, located on two sites, houses the
Central College of Commerce, the Metropolitan College, and the Nautical College on the banks of the river Clyde.
As the project was due to last for approximately four years, Sir Robert McAlpine suggested an innovative way to house their site management team, design staff, and
subcontractors. The old St Kentigern’s school, dating back to 1904 immediately adjacent to the construction site was given a makeover with new heating, plumbing, lighting
power, and data over three floors. Smart Systems Scotland were chosen as Sir Robert McAlpine's M&E partner to deliver the project. The contract value of the project was
£400k over four months.
CRB Solutions, based in Loan head in Edinburgh, wished to convert a part of their operational premises to a small call centre due to the increase in the service part of their business. Smart Systems Scotland were delighted to provide air conditioning, plumbing, and gas services over four weeks.
Scotiabank House in Charlotte St in Edinburgh was fitted out for Scot-Cen, a social research organisation. In partnership with Souness & Boyne, high-end fit out specialists, Smart Systems Scotland provided air conditioning to their data room along with plumbing and ventilation services.
Internet travel experts Booking.com took occupation of new premises on the first floor of prestigious Charlotte House in Edinburgh City Centre. Smart Systems Scotland provided air conditioning, ventilation, and plumbing services.
In partnership with Souness and Boyne, Smart Systems Scotland worked extensively with Spire Hospitals in the private hospitals located in Murrayfield, Shawfair, Edinburgh, and Cambridge. Individual Projects have ranged from new bathroom suites being fully fitted out, air conditioning to laboratories, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and air conditioning to the outpatients building at Beechwood House over two phases whilst the building was fully operational. Smart Systems Scotland also provided an emergency call-out service throughout the duration of the project. The contract value of the project was £300k over three months.
The oil and gas industry made a £1m commitment to training in their industry by investing in the upgrade of the OGAS training workshops in Forth-Valley College. Smart Systems Scotland were delighted to provide a range of services over this very quick project, including compressed air services, gas services, Building Management Controls, electric heating, ventilation, plumbing, and water services, including ceiling radiant panel heating to one of their craft rooms. The contract value of the project was £150k over six weeks.
This new university in Edinburgh decided to remodel their library and create some new rooms. Smart Systems Scotland assisted by reconfiguring the chilled beams cooling system and altering the trench heating to suit the newly formed rooms. Reprogramming of the Building Management System was also required on completion.
RICS Princes St Edinburgh
A major milestone was achieved by the whole project team when the project was awarded a Gold Star SKA rating in March 2015. The RICS SKA rating is an assessment method that focuses on promoting environmental and sustainable good practice in the fit out and refurbishment of existing buildings. Smart Systems Scotland, in association with Souness & Boyne, provided air conditioning, ventilation, and plumbing services to this prestigious fit-out project in the centre of Edinburgh over eight weeks with a contract value of £75k.
Smart Systems Scotland operated as Principal Contractor and Main Contractor on this high-end shop fit-out in Manchester, within the well-established Royal Exchange shopping mall. The project included the full fit-out of two floors with retail space on the ground floor, and back of house located within the basement. Full fit-out consisted of all bespoke joiner work, flooring, decoration, lighting and small power, air conditioning and ventilation, and plumbers work. The project was completed over five weeks at a contract value of £180k.
Caledonian Exchange is a well-known Edinburgh landmark in the heart of the financial district of the Capital. Smart Systems Scotland participated in the 2015/2016 refurbishment of all floors which included replacement of the existing toilet IPS and sanitary ware, along with modifications to the ventilation and heating systems.
NHS Bain Square
This commercial arm of the NHS has been a steady client of Smart Systems Scotland since 2014/15. In this latest project at Bain Square in Livingston, the refurbishment created new and more efficient working spaces along with more office space. New Dolphin, fully-integrated washroom facilities were installed along with new sanitary ware, heating, ventilation systems, and shower facilities. The existing Air conditioning system was upgraded to include individual control of units and rooms. The contract value of this project was £80k over four weeks.
Rabbies is a prestigious tour company in Edinburgh who provide bus tours throughout the Capital and across the whole of Scotland for visitors from all over the world. Their new cafeteria at Waterloo Place in Edinburgh, strategically located at the end of Princess St, was fitted out to a high standard with Smart Systems Scotland providing air conditioning, ventilation, and plumbing services. The contract value of this project was £30k over two weeks.
Westport is a high-class office building with a world class location looking on Edinburgh Castle. Environmental Consultants ERM moved into the fifth floor after a reconfiguration and upgrade of their space. In true environmental consultant style, a requirement was put in place for the air conditioning system within their old offices at Kings Stables Rd in Edinburgh to be recycled and refitted to their new Westport location. Smart Systems Scotland also provided ventilation and plumbing services. The contract value of this project was £40k over two weeks.
The replacement of the viaduct at Winchburgh near Edinburgh, across the main Glasgow Edinburgh train route, proved a challenge in relation to the replacement of drainage and rainwater pipes. Smart Systems Scotland rose to the challenge and replaced all of the pipework with new piping over phased nightshifts. The team consisted of Network Rail, BAM, Kent PHK and Smart Systems Scotland Ltd, with no disruption to this important train service. The contract value of this project was £20k over one week.
Smart Systems Scotland worked with Parr Group to deliver the M&E services in a new car showroom in Blantyre. The services extended to a biomass heating and chiller plant along with heat recovery systems, all plumbing systems, and smart lighting (both internally and externally). A separate car valeting building is also fully-serviced and fed by specialist Rehau underground pipework. The contract value of this project was £300k over six weeks.
The fifth floor of Charlotte House in Edinburgh was refurbished to suit a high-end client with Smart Systems Scotland providing a full air conditioning system with intelligent central control, tempered fresh air ventilation system, and full plumbing/sanitary ware fit out. The contract value of this project was £150k over six weeks.
Spire Healthcare – Endoscopy Suite
The Spire Healthcare facility in Solihull went through a major refurbishment in 2016/17 with interiors contractor Souness & Boyne as their chosen partner. Souness & Boyne chose Smart Systems Scotland as their partner for Mechanical Services. The first project entailed a combination of new-build and refurbishment of their existing endoscopy suite as they wished to modernise and increase its size. Services provided included strip-out and disposal of the current facility to make way for the new project. A 9-meter-long air handling unit was positioned in an external compound and ductwork (with weather clad insulation) was installed both externally and internally to provide both supply and extract air systems to the new endoscopy suite. The air handling unit was also provided with DX cooling from local condensing units. A new boosted water supply was provided and Smart Systems Scotland carried out plumbing, drainage, and sanitaryware installations to fifteen points, including clinical sinks, scrub troughs, and janitorial locations. Heating and cooling was provided by a VRV air conditioning system, and a Trend building management system automatically controlled the whole of the Mechanical Services installation. The contract was undertaken in a live hospital environment with no disruption to the normal operation of the hospital. Medical gases installations were procured and managed by Smart Systems Scotland. The contract duration was six months at a value of £500k.
Spire Healthcare - Theatres
The follow-on project from the Endoscopy Suite at Solihull was the refurbishment of theatres 1 and 2. A new 6-metre-long air handling unit was installed in a first-floor plantroom, in sections, to serve both theatres with theatre No 2 being maintained in an operational state whilst the refurbishment was being carried out. Ductwork was installed in an extremely tight space within the ceiling space from the air handling unit to the theatres. The internal refurbishment of the theatres included the installation of an ultraclean theatre ventilation system by Howorth Air Technology, procured and managed by Smart Systems Scotland. The whole of the operating theatre was controlled via a Surgeons Control Panel, installed as part of the Howorth package, including the specialist operating theatre lighting. The plumbing and drainage installation included scrub up troughs and clinical sinks. Pressure relief dampers were installed to maintain correct air pressures within the theatres. A full duct clean, commissioning, and an independent CQC inspection and proving was required prior to the theatres being brought back into operation. Medical gases installations were procured and managed by Smart Systems Scotland. The contract duration was five months with a contract value of £450k with no disruption to the day to day working of the hospital.
Spire Healthcare – Bedrooms
A further follow on project in Solihull was the refurbishment of forty-four bedroom suites. The project was split into eleven phases consisting of four bedrooms per phase due to the configuration of the first floor and ground floor drainage to each bedroom. The project commenced with the strip-out of baths and other sanitaryware. New shower trays, shower valves, sinks, and WCs were installed with reconfiguration of pipework and drainage installed. All existing “dead legs” of pipework were removed to dispel the risk of legionella occurring. Smart Systems Scotland also installed new toilet extract ventilation systems to each suite. A full tidy up of redundant pipework and insulation was carried out in the attic space above the bedrooms. The contract value of the project was £400k over six months with no disruption to the workings of a live hospital.
Spire Healthcare – St Anthony’s Hospital London
After the success of the Solihull projects, Spire Healthcare requested Souness & Boyne / Smart Systems Scotland to tender for the refurbishment of a ten-bay recovery suite, CSSD, and Theatre Changing facilities at their hospital in St Anthony’s London. This recovery suite was to service a new theatre block recently built by contractor ISG. The area chosen for the refurbished recovery suite was highly serviced by ductwork, pipework, and medical gases in a very tight attic space. Major pieces of mechanical equipment were also required to be decommissioned, isolated, and removed from tight spaces. Record drawings were outdated and careful surveys of each system were required along with a management system set up to ensure that only redundant duct and pipework systems were stripped out. The new installations consisted of 800mm ductwork integrating with the new theatres ventilation system and a selection of new ductwork systems installed within the cleared attic space to service the recovery suites below, including low level extracts for the extraction of medical gases. 100mm chilled and 150mm heating pipes were installed from the systems in the new theatre block to the existing adjacent boiler house.
Spire Healthcare – St Anthony’s London
As part of the overall strategy for the refurbishment of St Anthony’s, the hospital requested Souness & Boyne / Smart Systems Scotland to bid for the major boiler house refurbishment. The major part of the project was mechanical services, including the strip-out of two large boiler plants, two chillers, condensers, and heating pumps, with the attendant 100mm and 150mm pipework. The hospital strategy for heating and cooling was to replace the old equipment with uprated boilers and chillers within the new theatre block with enough capacity to serve the new recovery areas. Smart Systems Scotland therefore installed new Plate Heat Exchangers/ Calorifiers and modified all the 100mm and 150mm pipework to suit the revised arrangement. The project commenced with the installation of seven “stab ins” and valves to facilitate the changeovers from old to new on the pipework system. This happened during a major shutdown over Christmas and New Year when the hospital was not operating. During the same shutdown Smart Systems Scotland replaced thirty-two valves of varying sizes on the hot water system. The project was phased to ensure that the hospital did not lose hot water or heating during the currency of the project over the winter months. The contract value of the project was £600k over four months.
Spire Healthcare – Cambridge
Due to the success of previous projects, Souness & Boyne / Smart Systems Scotland were invited to tender for the refurbishment of the Day care facility at Spire Cambridge hospital which included Temporary Recovery Areas and Enhanced Recovery Areas. A new first floor plantroom (located in the central courtyard of the facility) was created to house a 9-meter-long air handling unit, cold water tank, booster set, pumps and plate heat exchanger serving the new day care areas. Ductwork was installed to feed supply and extract air to the facility including low-level ductwork for medical gases extraction. Heating to the area was provide by heater batteries within the ductwork system. New Lossnay air handling units were installed in localised areas. Plumbing and drainage was installed throughout to clinical sinks, toilets, scrub up troughs. and slop hoppers. Medical gases and Trend BMS systems were procured and managed by Smart Systems Scotland. The contract value of the project was £900k over fourteen months.
Spire Healthcare – Cambridge
During the currency of the Day care project it was noticed that the two chillers feeding the facility were redundant and the utility pipework feeding from the chillers was corroded and leaking. The Hospital decided that the two chillers and full circuit pipework was required to be replaced. Souness & Boyne / Smart Systems Scotland were requested to bid for the works. The contract value for the project was £125k over three months.
Bedrooms Refurbishment Rollout Framework – Spire Healthcare strategically decided, that it wished to refurbish 830 bedrooms within its estate over a three-year Framework, commencing in 2017. Spire chose Souness & Boyne / Smart Systems Scotland along with two other fit-out contractors, each doing around one third of the bedrooms. Each contractor was allocated ten sites in the first phase at varying locations throughout the UK. The scope of Smart Systems Scotland works included initial site surveys to determine current state and agree work scope for each room. Scope generally consisted of stripping out all sanitaryware in the suite bedrooms, replacing with new shower trays, showers, wash hand basins, and toilets with Gerber frames. Alterations to pipework and drainage where required, new radiators and pipework alterations / isolation valves where required, and installation of hot water returns where none existed.
First phase allocation of sites to Souness & Boyne / Smart Systems Scotland:
Bedrooms Consulting Rooms
St Anthony’s Cheam 18 5
Cambridge 5 0
Hull 12 0
Washington 25 0
Leeds 14 6
Methley Park (Leeds) 14 0
Elland (Leeds) 0 9
Murrayfield (Edinburgh) 24 0
Wirral 0 10
Cardiff 20 0
Orchard Brae House Edinburgh
Smart Systems Scotland carried out a three-floor M&E strip-out of this prestigious Edinburgh Office block. The strip out commenced with the establishment of Permit to Work rules to allow the safe strip-out of particularly electrical services. A visual management system of marking systems to be stripped was also implemented. Services stripped out included ventilation ductwork, 75mm heating pipework, fan coil units, heat recovery units, grilles and diffusers, HCWS and drainage, VRV air conditioning (including the safe disposal of refrigerant gas in accordance with F Gas regulations for computer room downflow units), lighting, small power, UPS systems, and fire alarms. Some areas of equipment were required to be taken down carefully and reused by the client in other areas. The contract value of the project was £40k over three weeks.
Torphicen St Edinburgh
Smart Systems Scotland were contracted to provide M&E Services to this Category 2 fit-out of the top floor within this iconic Edinburgh Commercial centre. Working alongside interiors fit-out company, Worksmart, Smart Systems Scotland provided underfloor electrical services within a specialised raised modular floor, lighting modifications, fire alarms, AV cabling, data cabinets, and a full Excel flood wiring for voice and data. Mechanical modifications included fitting out, a staff café area with sinks and appliances along with ventilation modifications to suit new partition layouts. A split-air conditioning system was installed to provide cooling to a communications room. The contract value of this project was £50k over five weeks.
Shandwick Place Edinburgh
Refurbishment of first-floor office space in Edinburgh City Centre. Services provided included ventilation, heating, plumbing, and drainage to new toilets and tea prep areas. The contract value of this project was £20k over three weeks.
Refurbishment of the third floor of this historical mill building produced some challenges with regards to cooling the areas due to the configuration of glass adding to the heat gains during summer months. Smart Systems Scotland rose to the challenge with a VRV system providing controlled cooling to the open plan offices and individually controlled satellite offices. Plumbing, heating and ventilation modifications also formed part of the refurbishment project. Contract value £55k over 4 weeks
Trinity Primary School
As part of the first phase at Trinity Primary School, Smart Systems Scotland was contracted to remove and install five new fan convector heaters including BMS controls within the Gymnasium and Dining area. The units were carefully removed, and new units reinstated, minimising builders’ work and disruption to the school.
After the successful completion of phase 1, Smart Systems Scotland were contracted to carry out mechanical / plumbing refurbishment works within 8 toilet blocks during the school’s summer semester (7 weeks). Due to the tight programme constraints, Smart Systems Scotland procured ALL plant and materials prior to commencing on site. Services included new sanitary ware, Onvo trough sinks, LST radiators, and new ventilation. All works completed and handed over within budget and snag free for the Trinity Primary School kids’ return for their new term.
Smart Systems Scotland were delighted to be part of the team to reconfigure existing open plan office spaces into a modular office plan. The design for the ground and first floors works included ventilation, heating/ cooling, BMS controls, and plumbing to 3 new tea prep areas complete with new drainage to accommodate the tea points.
The first floor saw the creation of a new meeting room overlooking the main reception. Smart Systems Scotland installed two new fan coil units, ventilation, and BMS controls within the environment. All works carried out with no disruption to the facility.
Working closely with Souness and Boyne, Atelier Ten, and the client allowed us to work more efficiently, such that the project was delivered on time, on budget and with a strong focus on Health and Safety.
Spire Didsbury Manchester
Spire Healthcare acquired one-and-a-half floors within a newly built office space in Didsbury, Manchester. Smart Systems Scotland were appointed by Souness and Boyne to carry out the complete mechanical services installation within this state-of-the-art facility which included a reception, tea prep, MRI, fluoroscopy, X-ray, ultrasound, and consulting / examination rooms.
Smart Systems Scotland carried out all mechanical works including coordination of all services, plantroom installation, gas boilers, air conditioning, LTHW / CHW, insulation, trace heating, ventilation, chilled beams, BMS controls, DHCW, drainage, water treatment, and full commissioning of the mechanical services. All plant and materials selected compliant with HTM memorandums on design, installation, and operation used in healthcare.
The contract value of this project was £1.1 million over 28 weeks.