London Calling Atlas!

The completion of a state-of-the-art school project in London has displayed the key attributes of working with Atlas.

With more and more electrical contractors from Northern Ireland working in the capital, Atlas has become a trusted partner in providing fire and security solutions, as well as offering energy, AV and assistive technologies services.

This expertise has been highlighted on a number of recent jobs including the new Secondary School in Hillingdon, London, in conjunction with Ballymoney-based M&E contractor, Dowds Group. The building contractor on the project was Farrans – another Northern Ireland-based company.

The London Borough of Hillingdon and the Education Funding Agency funded this £35million development that accommodates 1,050 pupils. The remarkable three storey building measures 9,800sqm in size and has a total of 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. It also comprises a special education needs room, a spacious sports hall and an outdoor learning terrace. Northwood School promotes an academic focus on performing arts and has 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 offering an ideal environment for the continued delivery of top quality teaching and learning for the students of Northwood.

Stephen Crumley, Technical Sales Consultant at Atlas, said, “Time was of the essence on this project and we worked closely with the team from Dowds Group to make sure we hit all the necessary targets.
“This project required a complete fire and security package and, with our level of expertise and portfolio of products, we were able to tailor bespoke solutions for each job. We engaged intently with both the consultant and the contractor to find the right way forward and we value the importance of strong relationships. We are delighted to be involved in such a superb project.”

Northwood Secondary School is one of a number of projects that Atlas has completed in London, highlighting the company’s credentials in the capital. “We have been working extensivel

y across the UK for a number of years and recently that has seen a higher concentration of work being carried out in London,” added Stephen. “Our message to electrical contractors is that we are perfectly positioned to work closely with them to deliver the highest levels of service at a competitive rate.”

It is clear that Atlas’ reputation in Northern Ireland has now been extended into the rest of the UK, as electrical contractors from the province see the company as a tried and trusted partner.
“The fear for some is that you can’t translate your success in Northern Ireland and replicate it across the water,” continued Stephen. “In the last number of years, we have clearly proved that we can not only match what we achieve in Northern Ireland but also, in some cases, surpass it.

“We have tried-and-tested systems in place and a dedicated team of high quality sub-contractors carrying out work in Great Britain and, in particular, London. We now also have the experience of working on complex, high value projects across Great Britain, so all this ensures a fluid and smooth service for our customers.”

In many cases, Atlas can actually help local contractors focusing on securing projects across the water find their feet while also showcasing the specialist expertise required for the more experienced companies who have also made their mark in Great Britain.

Stephen concluded, “Despite all this success, we remain committed to our customers in Northern Ireland. Our work in Great Britain is not at the expense of those who have helped us build such a strong company.
“The market has changed in recent years and our expansion has helped boost Atlas further.”

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