Building services specialist, LJJ Contractors, has won a £3.46M mechanical and electrical installation contract for Helical Bar’s £12M refurbishment of Maple House in London’s ‘Tech City’.

Located on City Road, close to the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ hub for technology-based businesses, Maple House, designed by Buckley Gray Yeoman architects, comprises a 70,000 ft² 1960s office building, which is undergoing a complete refurbishment. Willmott Dixon are the main contractors who are constructing a new level on the roof, taking the building to six storeys (basement and ground + four).

LJJ will carry out a complete Cat A mechanical and electrical fit out for the speculative refurbishment project, including contractor’s design portions for the fire alarm, lightning protection and external CCTV elements of the scheme.

Due to start on site this month for a fast track 36-week programme, LJJ will install all new plant including two new chillers on the roof to provide cooling for all office levels and down flow units for each floor for a pressurised floor ventilation system. The company will also install four air handling units with heat recovery and create a new boiler room in the basement, including a boosted potable water supply and a domestic hot water system. The mechanical installation also includes perimeter trench heating and all plumbing works to the toilet cores.

The Cat A electrical works include a complete mains distribution and small power installation, with containment for future fit out of structured data cabling, internal CCTV and access control. LJJ will complete a full lighting installation including a DALI based control system for the open plan office areas, incorporating presence and absence detection and daylight controls with the potential for remote control functionality. The company will also install a custom-designed lighting system for the common areas and reception with scene setting and feature lighting.  The installation also includes the fire alarm system, lightening protection and external CCTV.

Paul James, operation director at Willmott Dixon commented, “This project continues LJJ’s longstanding relationship with Willmott Dixon, which has recently included projects such as University of West London, Stormont School, Whitton PCT ,Crouch Hill Community Park and Haggerston School. The Silicon Roundabout area of London has attracted a number of major international technology brands and the target occupiers for Maple House will expect a high level of specification. LJJ’s expertise in delivering both mechanical and electrical installations will ensure that the building services at Maple House live up to expectations. Their proven project management skills will enable them to deliver the complex project on time and budget.”