Humber heating and ventilation specialist moves to new HQ on back of expansion

A low-carbon cooling and heating specialist has moved to new headquarters in Hull.

BREng has taken up an office at the Grade II listed building Parliament Street in the city centre. The move follows expansion following contract wins in the North East, London and the Midlands.

The firm, which specialises in the integration of heat pumps, heat recovery systems, energy optimisation, control strategies, ventilation, and on-site troubleshooting, was formed in 2019 by husband-and-wife Rob Smelt and Bridget Marvin-Smelt. Their sons Tom and Jack have also joined the firm. It is currently working schemes for the NHS, schools, retailers and other businesses.

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Managing director Rob Smelt said: “There is a tremendous surge in demand for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) projects focussed on decarbonisation and energy reduction. This is being driven by the recent steep rises in energy costs and the imperative to move to low-carbon technologies.

“Our new premises provide the facilities to meet the expanded workload, while the location in the North East provides excellent access to active projects as far-afield as Scotland and Cornwall.”

BREng has recently completed decarbonisation projects for a number of schools in the North East, including conversion to air-source heat pumps and phased projects using enhanced heat emitters. Current projects include a heat-recovery system for an NHS consulting centre in Wembley, an integrated HVAC system for an office complex in Derby, and a high efficiency close-control temperature and humidity solution for a German-owned motor manufacturer.

The company recently introduced a pioneering 3D digital building scanning service, that involves rendering an entire building envelope in digital form for use in BIM project planning. This enables detailed schemes for HVAC, plumbing and electrical services to be mapped out without the need to attend site.

Mr Smelt: “It is an exciting time to be part of the air conditioning and building services industry. The technology, and the legislative framework in which we operate, is changing rapidly. It will have a huge impact on the entire national building estate, and require massive investment by both the public and private sector to achieve the net zero targets mandated by Government.”

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