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Top safety accreditation for SCS Group

A picture of SCS Group Commercial Director Mike Card with the SafeContractor certificate

SMOKE control and BEMS specialist SCS Group has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health … Continue reading

Panel Wireman, Dorset – vacancy

A picture taken at SCS Group's Manufacturing facility in Wimborne, Dorset, where we are looking to employ a Panel Wireman

SCS Group is looking for a Panel Wireman, to be based at our Manufacturing facility in Three Legged Cross, Wimborne, Dorset. As a Panel Wireman, you will report to the Production Manager and carry out the manufacture of low voltage distribution … Continue reading

25 years of loving construction: West 12 Shopping Centre

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This month SCS Group celebrates its 25th anniversary. As part of this, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the sixth in the series, we look back at West 12 … Continue reading

MD to share skills as part of Entrepreneur in Residence role

A picture of Allan Meek, SCS Group Managing Director, who is one of Cardiff Business School's new Entrepreneurs in Residence

SCS Group Managing Director Allan Meek has embarked on an important new role – as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Cardiff University’s Business School. Allan, who started SCS Group 25 years ago this month, will be one of six Entrepreneurs … Continue reading

SCS Group listed in Building Good Employer Guide’s top 50 companies

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SCS Group is proud to have been included in the Building Good Employer Guide 2017 – the fifth time it has made the list. The Building Good Employer Guide 2017 lists the top 50 construction companies in the industry, focusing … Continue reading

25 years of loving construction: The Gateway, Leeds

A picture of The Gateway, Leeds, a residential apartment block project developed by Shepherd Construction, where SCS Group supplied and installed a UniJet car park ventilation system

In the run-up to SCS Group’s 25th anniversary in December, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the fifth in the series, we look back at The Gateway, Leeds, a … Continue reading

Finance Assistant, Cardiff – vacancy

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SCS Group is looking for a Finance Assistant to be based at our headquarters in Cardiff. You will have strong skills in accounting and a passion to develop and progress.  You will have will have a can-do attitude, will be reliable … Continue reading

New Project Manager brings smoke industry knowledge

Chris Taylor, Project Manager at SCS Group's Portsmouth office, who finds the smoke extract side of the construction industry very rewarding

SCS Group’s new Portsmouth office opened just a few weeks ago, with Contracts Manager Kevin Mowatt at the helm. Working alongside Kevin is our new Project Manager Chris Taylor who has brought with him experience of working in the smoke … Continue reading

SCS Group’s apprentices settle into another academic year

A picture of Apprentice Project Engineer Leteesha Flore

EIGHT of SCS Group’s hard-working staff are learning lots of new skills as they continue apprenticeships and courses in this new academic year. Leteesha Flore (Apprentice Project Engineer) is doing Building Services Engineering Apprenticeship (Year 2) at South Thames College; … Continue reading

Customer Relationship Manager, London – vacancy

A picture showing the words Join Us. SCS Group is looking for a Customer Relationship Manager in London - could you be part of our team?

Customer Relationship Manager, London – This role has now closed. However, we’re always on the lookout for new talent – check out our vacancies page or if you don’t see anything suitable email m.machado@groupscs.co.uk and we will get in touch when … Continue reading

25 years of loving construction: Victoria Wharf, Cardiff

A picture of Victoria Wharf, Cardiff

In the run-up to SCS Group’s 25th anniversary in December, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the fourth in the series, we look back at Victoria Wharf, Cardiff – a … Continue reading

Smoke control for Leeds office development

SCS Group designed and installed a smoke control system for Central Square in Leeds, pictured here. Picture copyright Diane Auckland and fotohaus ltd

Project title Central Square Location Leeds   Project background Central Square is a brand new office development in the business district of Leeds, described by principal contractor Wates Construction as “Leeds’ first speculative office scheme in eight years”. The development … Continue reading

BMS and smoke control at Bristol office development

1 Redcliff Street, Bristol, where SCS Group is carrying out smoke control and BMS work. Photo copyright Google

Project title One Redcliff Street Location Bristol   Project background Located in Bristol’s central business district, 1 Redcliff Street is a £15million project being carried out by Main Contractor ISG for Aberdeen Asset Management. Located near Cabot Circus and Bristol … Continue reading

Apprentice Alex enjoys building career in construction

A picture of SCS Group Apprentice Project Engineer Alex Rees

SCS Group is dedicated to promoting the construction industry to young people, and part of that is employing apprentices and helping them develop their skills. We currently employ seven apprentices at our offices across the country, with four Apprentice Project … Continue reading

25 years of loving construction: Ochre Yards, Gateshead

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In the run-up to SCS Group’s 25th anniversary in December, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the third in the series, we look back at Ochre Yards, Gateshead – … Continue reading

New calls for women to join construction industry

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SCS Group has welcomed new calls to encourage women to get involved in construction. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show just one in seven of the Welsh workforce are female. SCS Group, which has its headquarters … Continue reading

SCS Group opens offices in Portsmouth and Manchester

A picture of Contracts Manager Kevin Mowatt, who will be at the helm in our new Portsmouth office, one of our two offices opening this week

SCS Group has taken another step forward in its growth plans by opening two more offices in the UK this week. The smoke control, BMS and ventilation company has opened offices in Manchester and Portsmouth, adding to its impressive portfolio … Continue reading

Commercial Director Mike to play key role in growth plans

A picture of Mike Card, SCS Group's new Commercial Director

SCS Group is pleased to welcome Mike Card to the team as our new Commercial Director, based at our headquarters in Cardiff. Mike brings with him a wealth of construction industry knowledge and comes to us after more than 30 … Continue reading

25 years of loving construction: Holland House, Cardiff

A picture taken on the roof of Holland House, Cardiff, which SCS Group designed a staircase pressurisation system for

In the run-up to SCS Group’s 25th anniversary in December, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the second in the series, SCS Group Managing Director Allan Meek looks back … Continue reading

How are Fantasy Football managers coping with the international break?

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THE race for the title has still a long way to go and everything is still to play for, but it’s no time to be complacent while we are in football’s international break. Three games under the belt and some managers will be reflecting … Continue reading

SCS Group honours staff at Long Service Awards event

Pictured; SCS Group Projects Director Christopher Jones congratulates Managing Director Allan Meek on his 25 years' service

SCS Group honoured staff who have worked at the company for 20, 15 and 10 years at a special Long Service Awards Ceremony held on the weekend. The event, held at Bristol Zoo’s Pavilion venue on Sunday (September 3), was … Continue reading

Smoke extract system for Westfield London expansion

A photograph of the Westfield London site during its early construction stages. SCS Group is providing the mechanical smoke extract system and is also working on car park ventilation at the site

Project title Westfield London Location White City, London   Project background Westfield London opened in 2008 giving the local area a new lease of life with the improvement and expansion of a transport hub as well as offering an array … Continue reading

SCS Group strikes gold with IIP accreditation result

A picture of SCS Group Operations Manager Macarena Machado with the company's IIP certificate

SCS Group has been awarded Gold accreditation against the Investors in People (IIP) Standard, joining the top seven per cent of accredited organisations across the UK, demonstrating its commitment to high performance through good people management. The smoke control, Building … Continue reading

25 years of loving construction: County Hall, London

A picture showing County Hall, London, as it looks today, with the London Eye in the background. We were involved in work there around 2000. Picture copyright Google Maps

In the run-up to SCS Group’s 25th anniversary in December, we are publishing a series of case studies looking back at our work over the years. In the first in the series, we look back at County Hall, London, an … Continue reading

Ten top tips to become the best football team manager

A picture of SCS Group Managing Director Allan Meek inviting people to join our Fantasy Football League

THE Premier League kicks off this Friday so there’s no better time to join SCS Group’s Fantasy Football League. In anticipation, we thought we’d get you hyped with these key tactics to become the best fantasy manager. There are of … Continue reading

Join SCS Group’s Fantasy Football League

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SCS Group has launched its own Fantasy Football League 2017-2018. The Fantasy Football League, which we are running with our sales arm Easivent, will involve plenty of banter and friendly rivalry, as well as some great prizes. You could win … Continue reading

Article on remote testing device Eyeball featured by Means of Escape

A screen grab from the Means of Escape website: SCS Group's article on its new Eyeball remote testing device is featured in this month's Means of Escape newsletter

AN SCS Group article focusing on our new remote testing device ‘Eyeball’ is featured in this month’s Means of Escape Newsletter. The article’s theme is ‘Don’t turn a blind eye to smoke control maintenance’ and discusses the need for weekly … Continue reading

CRASH Patron SCS Group attends charity’s awards event

A picture of Allan Meek, Managing Director of SCS Group (left) talking to Ian Bolster, Business Development Manager at Imtech, at the CRASH annual event

SCS Group was pleased to attend CRASH Charity’s recent annual reception and Above and Beyond Awards where it highlighted the generosity and loyalty of its Patron companies. The event was attended by Allan Meek, Managing Director of SCS Group, which is … Continue reading

Farmer Review: Government urges industry to encourage new entrants

A photograph of Parliament. The government has given its reaction to the Farmer Review

THE government is urging the industry to ‘step up’ to the challenges set out by the Farmer Review, Construction News reported last week (see story here). As part of its response to the Farmer Review, the government is stressing the importance … Continue reading

SCS Group counts down to 25th anniversary

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SCS Group is 25 years old in December and to mark this milestone we’re going to be publishing a series of articles on our website in the run-up to the anniversary, looking back at our work over the years. SCS … Continue reading

Apprentice Commissioning/Service Engineer, London – vacancy

We are looking for a BEMS Project Manager in Cardiff - could you be part of our team? Pictured are two of our staff checking systems

OUR systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part of the early design, and then construction, of a building. On top of that, we optimise the performance of … Continue reading

Service and Commissioning Engineer, London – vacancy

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OUR systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part of the early design, and then construction, of a building. On top of that, we optimise the performance of buildings … Continue reading

MPs warn of construction industry’s Brexit skills ‘disaster’

Skills crisis: A picture of two men on a construction site, there are fears that the number of skilled works will fall due to Brexit

BREXIT could prove ‘disastrous’ for the construction and built environment industry if the UK can’t draw on European workers’ skills while it trains a domestic workforce, Building.co.uk has reported this week. Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, a … Continue reading

Project Manager, Cardiff office – vacancy

We are looking for a Project Manager in Cardiff

We are one of the Building Good Employer Guide’s Top 50 employers – want to join us in Cardiff? Our systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part … Continue reading

BEMS Project Manager, Cardiff – vacancy

We are looking for a BEMS Project Manager in Cardiff - could you be part of our team? Pictured are two of our staff checking systems

Our systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part of the early design, and then construction, of a building. On top of that, we optimise the performance of buildings … Continue reading

BEMS solution for Severnside Energy Recovery Centre

A picture of Severnside Energy Recovery Centre where we provided the BEMS

Project title Severnside Energy Recovery Centre Location Avonmouth, South Gloucestershire   Project background The Severnside Energy Recovery Centre is in the final stages of its construction on a brownfield site adjacent to Seabank Power Station and the former Terra Nitrogen plant … Continue reading

Engineer Luke joins our dedicated team

A photograph of Luke Tisser, Service and Commissioning Engineer at SCS Group

OUR dedicated team of engineers are a crucial element of SCS Group, carrying out important work at sites across the UK. We are pleased to introduce the latest member of our team of engineers – Luke Tisser, who is a … Continue reading

Video campaign explains new rules for fire cables

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AN ONLINE video campaign highlighting new regulations for fire cables has been launched by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI). As of July 1 this year, reaction to fire cable with a Reaction to Fire requires a Declaration of Performance (DoP) … Continue reading

Video features new BBC HQ where SCS is doing smoke work

A screen grab from Construction News' video of the new BBC HQ in Cardiff, where SCS Group is carrying our smoke control work

SCS Group was pleased to see a video uploaded recently of the new BBC Wales Broadcasting House construction site, in Cardiff, where we are carrying out smoke extract work. The video (featured at the end of this story) was filmed … Continue reading

SCS Group MD shares video of terrifying crevasse fall on Everest

A picture of the moment SCS Group MD Allan Meek lost his balance while crossing a crevasse on the way up Everest

THIS is the terrifying moment SCS Group’s Managing Director Allan Meek accidentally slipped off a ladder above a crevasse while conquering Mount Everest. Allan, who reached the summit of Everest on May 16 after weeks of climbing and training, has … Continue reading

CRASH benefits from £12K boost thanks to SCS Group

A picture of SCS Group's Faye Young, Allan Meek, Dave Jenkinson and Jason Bennett who did the Paris Marathon in 2016 raising £1,728 for CRASH

CRASH, the construction industry’s charity, is benefiting from a boost of more than £12,122 thanks to SCS Group’s fundraising and patronage over the past year. The charity assists homeless and hospice charities with construction-related projects and over the past year … Continue reading

Why choose SCS Group for your BEMS project?

After we’ve designed, manufactured and delivered the panel, our BEMS engineers will then prepare, write and upload the software on site before commissioning

IF YOU are looking for a new Building Energy Management System (BEMS) then SCS Group can offer an approach focused on saving energy and saving money with the high quality that you’d expect from our company. BEMS or BMS (Building … Continue reading

Virtual reality and 3D printing could help industry hit targets, says report

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A NEW report says the construction industry could cut its waste and achieve the government’s 2025 targets if it adopts virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing technology. An article in Building magazine this week reports that a study for the … Continue reading

SCS Group partner Trend gets great feedback on BEMS at theatre

The Trend logo is pictured. Trend has received great feedback on a BEMS in a London Theatre

SCS Group is pleased to hear that its partner Trend is getting great feedback on a system installed at a theatre in London. Our own engineers are well versed with using quality Trend products so it’s therefore no surprise to … Continue reading

Rave reviews for The Ned, where SCS did smoke control

A photograph of 27 Poultry where SCS Group carried out smoke control work. The former Midland Bank will open soon as 'The Ned'

A LUXURY hotel, where SCS Group carried out smoke control work, has been receiving rave reviews and much media coverage. The Ned, located at Poultry, near to the famous Bank Junction in London, is a Grade I-listed building designed by … Continue reading

Multi-skilled engineer Alan enjoying new role at SCS Group

A picture of Alan Masifi, Service and Commissioning Engineer at SCS Group

OUR hard-working service and commissioning engineers are out on site every day, working with new technology and advancing our projects, while forming good working relationships with our clients. One of our newest recruits is Alan Masifi, who is based in … Continue reading

London world’s fifth most expensive city for construction, says survey

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LONDON is the world’s fifth most expensive city for construction – despite the slump of the pound – according to a new survey from Turner & Townsend. The company looked at 43 regions and cities in its annual report and placed … Continue reading

Everest ‘Ayatollah’ video proves a hit on social media

Success! Allan Meek, SCS Group MD, is pictured waving his flag with one of his team's Sherpas at the top of Mount Everest

FROM singing the ‘Ayatollah’ at the top of Mount Everest to feeling like the Bionic Man, it’s fair to say SCS Group’s MD Allan Meek has experienced a lot during the last seven weeks. Allan, who summited the world’s highest … Continue reading

SCS Group’s BEMS work helps pupils keep their cool

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SCS Group will be helping youngsters to keep their cool this summer thanks to fantastic BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems) installed at their schools. BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems) or BMS (Building Management Systems) are designed to integrate various environmental … Continue reading

He’s done it! SCS MD Allan Meek summits Everest

A picture of Allan Meek, Managing Director of SCS Group, with Mount Everest in the centre behind him

HE’S done it – SCS Group Managing Director Allan Meek has made it ‘to the summit of Mount Everest. After nearly six weeks of intense training, climbing, acclimatisation and waiting, Allan and his team from Ascent Himalayas reached the summit … Continue reading

Staff learn about new Simon RWA products on Germany trip

A picture of Christian Schneider, from Simon RWA, talking about the new products

STAFF from SCS Group headed to Germany to attend a Sales Partner Meeting at Simon RWA’s offices in Passau. SCS Group is a certified partner of Simon RWA and regularly uses its products on various sites across the UK; Easivent, … Continue reading

Project Manager – Portsmouth (vacancy)

A picture of two SCS Group staff members. Be part of our award-winning team. We are looking for a Project Manager in Portsmouth

We are one of the Building Good Employer Guide’s Top 50 employers – want to join us in Portsmouth? Our systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part … Continue reading

Project Manager – Manchester (vacancy)

A picture of an SCS Group member of staff. We are looking for a Project Manager in Manchester

We are one of the Building Good Employer Guide’s Top 50 employers – want to join us in Manchester? Our systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part … Continue reading

Project Manager – London (vacancy)

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We are one of the Building Good Employer Guide’s Top 50 employers – want to join us? Our systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part of the … Continue reading

Difficult days for team as Mount Everest trek progresses

Allan Meek on his way from Camp two to Camp three

SCS Group’s Allan Meek is continuing to make his way up Mount Everest, despite difficult climbs up cliffs of ice and having to cope with the high altitude. At the same time, Managing Director Allan and his team received the … Continue reading

Smoke control system design article featured by Means of Escape

A screen grab from the Means of Escape website showing Ben Meek's article about bespoke design v standardisation of smoke control systems

AN INFORMATIVE article about smoke control system design by SCS Group’s Design Manager/Fire Engineer Ben Meek is featured in this month’s Means of Escape newsletter. Ben’s article, Bespoke Design vs standardisation in smoke control for high rise buildings, is featured … Continue reading

Training kicks in at icefall as team prepare for Everest climb

A picture of Allan Meek with Mount Everest in the centre behind him

HAVING reached Everest Base Camp, SCS Group MD Allan Meek is now putting in even more hard work and learning how to climb ice in the infamous Khumbu icefall. Allan arrived at Base Camp on Thursday, April 20, and since … Continue reading

Wates site surveyor helps promote careers in construction

A picture of a woman at a computer. There are many opportunities for women and men in construction

SCS Group is well aware of the current construction skills shortage and is keen to encourage more people into construction. Recently, our Regional Manager (London and South East) Faye Young joined up with a number of women from the industry … Continue reading

SCS Group MD Allan reaches Everest Base Camp

A photograph of SCS Group Managing Director Allan Meek at Everest Base Camp

SCS Group’s Managing Director Allan Meek has reached Everest Base Camp. Allan was pleased to arrive at the site with his fellow climbers and Sherpas on Thursday, April 20, and described it as being a bit like Glastonbury, due to … Continue reading

Everest team reach Island Peak summit

SCS Group MD Allan Meek with Island Peak behind him

MOUNT Everest awaits for SCS Group MD Allan Meek and his fellow team members who are currently making their way towards the mountain’s base camp. It follows an eventful few days which saw them climbing all the way to the … Continue reading

SCS client Briggs & Forrester scoops two RoSPA Awards

Briggs & Forrester has scooped two RoSPA awards

SCS Group customer Briggs & Forrester is celebrating after being awarded its sixth successive Gold Medal in this year’s RoSPA Awards. Additionally, Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services has been presented with the President’s Award for the fourth year running. ‘Very … Continue reading

Rope training for trek team as Everest climb awaits

A picture of the team rope training in Chukhung ahead of the trek to Everest, pictured behind

TWO weeks after arriving in Nepal, SCS Group MD Allan Meek and his fellow expedition team members are busy making their way towards Mount Everest. After spending time in Dingboche last week, the team made their way to Chukhung at … Continue reading

Video shows how IoT is revolutionising office life

A screen grab of British Land's video about how the Internet of Things is revolutionising office life

A NEW video from British Land focuses on the IoT (Internet of Things) and how it is revolutionising office life. In the video, British Land’s CIO/Head of Technology Xavier Walker and Head of Office Development Rob Samuel look at how … Continue reading

Allan and team ‘in good spirits’ as Everest trek progresses

A picture of Allan Meek in front of Mount Everest during the expedition

ALLAN Meek’s Everest challenge is continuing to progress well with his team passing through a number of towns on their way to their ultimate aim – to reach the mountain’s summit. He is joined by a truly international team, with … Continue reading

Problem-solver Michael enjoys Controls Manager role

A picture of Michael Brennan, Controls Manager at SCS Group

MICHAEL Brennan has been at SCS Group for just over a year, working as Controls Manager at our manufacturing facility in Dorset. We thought it would be interesting to find out more about Michael and what led him to his … Continue reading

Calls for formal qualifications for fire alarm and smoke control industries

A picture of someone doing a test. There have been calls to have qualifications for fire alarm engineers

NEW calls to create formal qualifications for fire alarm engineers have been backed by SCS Group, which has itself recently called for the same for the smoke control industry. In an article by John Battersby, Managing Director at Sunfish Services, … Continue reading

Allan begins his expedition to Mount Everest’s summit

A picture of Allan Meek on his way to Everest - Allan flew from Kathmandu to Lukla on this plane

SCS Group MD Allan Meek has arrived safely in Nepal and is into the first few days of his 60-day expedition to Mount Everest. Allan flew out to Kathmandu last Wednesday, April 5, where he stayed for two nights, with … Continue reading

SCS Group has new listing on Means of Escape website

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SCS Group now has its own listing on Means of Escape giving lots of useful information about the company. The listing, which you can view by clicking this link, means that anyone visiting the Means of Escape site and looking … Continue reading

Video explains how to become competent at BIM

A picture of a woman using a computer. You can watch an online video showing how to get competent at BIM

A NEW video is giving people the chance to find out all about BIM (Building Information Modelling) and how to build up to it. The video has been created for the Digital Construction Massive Open Online Course (DC MOOC) run … Continue reading

British Land gets green light for £400m regeneration scheme

The British Land logo. The company has been given planning permission for its proposed £400m Kingston development

BRITISH Land has been given the go-ahead for the £400million regeneration of Eden Walk, Kingston. The Royal Borough of Kingston approved British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd’s (USS) proposed scheme which will regenerate part of the historic London market … Continue reading

Flats would be ‘40% smaller than average Travelodge room’

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A NEW development planned in London will see council offices converted into tiny studio flats far below the national minimum size standards, the Guardian reports. A deregulation of planning rules means that Barnet House, in north London, can be converted … Continue reading

New robot lays bricks six times faster than humans

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A NEW robot which builds walls six times faster than a human has been developed. A story featured in the Daily Mail reveals that the semi-automated Mason, nicknamed Sam, can lay 3,000 bricks a day. The robot has already started … Continue reading

Jenny’s top organisational skills prove vital for Aftercare role

Jenny Slocombe, SCS Group's Aftercare Manager

SCS Group’s engineers have a busy schedule of work with many sites to visit, so ensuring that they know which site they need to be on and on what day is critical. In charge of this organisation is Jenny Slocombe, … Continue reading

SCS Group MD Allan targets Everest summit

A picture of Allan Meek on his way to Everest Base Camp in 2009

SCS Group’s Managing Director Allan Meek is taking a huge step into the unknown as he swaps his office gear for climbing equipment and prepares to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Allan, 56, will set off for the challenge … Continue reading

Learn about commissioning on SCS Group training course

A photograph of people attending one of SCS Group's recent training courses

SMOKE control is an important life safety feature of any building. Equipment and systems relating to smoke control and ventilation must be designed and installed correctly for the building to ensure safety of occupants and where appropriate, firefighters. Handover process Mechanical … Continue reading

SCS Group stars in new video highlighting awards event

Left to right: Michael Washbourne, Jackie Lewis, Macarena Machado and Simon Inwood being interviewed after receiving the award for Best Reward and Recognition Scheme at the Construction Investing in Talent Awards

A NEW video showcasing one of the industry’s newest awards ceremonies has been published – and it features SCS Group. SCS Group scooped the award for Best Reward and Recognition Scheme at the inaugural Construction Investing in Talent Awards held … Continue reading

Construction’s women unite to promote careers in industry

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It’s International Women’s Day and Faye Young, Regional Manager (London and South East) for SCS Group, looks at how there are many opportunities for women in construction – and at how we can show young people it really is a … Continue reading

Our six apprentices carving out careers in construction

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SCS Group is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2017 by showing its success in working with apprentices and helping them to develop. The company – which has offices in England and Wales – currently employs six apprentices who have become an … Continue reading

Smoke extract system for renovated landmark

A photograph of the Star and Garter in Richmond Hill, where SCS Group is carrying out smoke control work

Project Title The Star and Garter Location Richmond Hill, London Project background Adjacent to Richmond Park, the Star and Garter is a Grade II-listed building which is being renovated by London Square. The site was first instated as a Royal … Continue reading

Bespoke design v standardisation in smoke control for high rise buildings

A picture of high rise buildings. SCS Group's Contracts Manager/Fire Engineer Ben Meek discusses designing smoke control for high rise buildings

By Ben Meek, Contracts Manager / Fire Engineer at SCS Group Imagine designing a fire alarm system for an office or residential building from first principles: 1: Take a set of drawings for the building and start by assessing the … Continue reading

Off-site construction to play major role in Heathrow expansion

A picture of an airport. Off-site construction will play a major role in the expansion of Heathrow Airport

OFF-SITE construction will play a major part in the £17.6bn expansion of Heathrow Airport, it has been reported. Building magazine reports that it is planned to reduce the workforce needed by almost a third to under 10,000 a day by … Continue reading

Figures reveal Brexit vote’s impact on construction

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NEW figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed the true impact of June’s referendum on the construction industry. In an article published by Construction News this week, it is revealed that the results appear to be better … Continue reading

Budding Brunels get expert tips from SCS Group

A picture of Faye Young, Regional Manager at SCS Group, during the Budding Brunels event

CONSTRUCTION’S stars of the future had a taste of the industry recently when they took part in ‘Budding Brunels’, a British Land-funded schools engagement programme. Approximately 25 students took part in the three-day programme, which focused on British Land’s current … Continue reading

Magdalena enjoys challenging role at SCS Group’s factory

A picture of SCS Group's Parts and Logistic Manager Magdalena Kujawa, who works at the company's factory in Dorset

HEAD to the south coast and you’ll find SCS Group’s Manufacturing division based in Three Legged Cross, near Bournemouth – and at this very busy and productive factory you’ll find our super Parts and Logistic Manager, Magdalena Kujawa. Magdalena has … Continue reading

Learn about smoke control on new training course

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A NEW half-day training course focusing on smoke control systems has been announced. The Smoke Control Association (SCA) is hosting the new course helping building services engineers, building control inspectors, fire engineers, SCA members and more improve their knowledge of … Continue reading

Smoke control for luxury ‘Goldfinger bank vault’ hotel

A photograph of 27 Poultry where SCS Group carried out smoke control work. The former Midland Bank will open soon as 'The Ned'

Project title 27 Poultry Location Central London Project background Located on a major historic thoroughfare and near to the famous Bank Junction at the heart of the city, 27 Poultry is a Grade I-listed building designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ … Continue reading

Bournville Gardens Village scoops top award

A picture of Bournville Gardens Village where SCS Group carried out BMS and natural smoke ventilation work

SCS Group is extremely proud of its work with BMS (Building Management Systems) at sites across the UK and is always interested to hear how projects are getting on. While following up on news about Bournville Gardens Village, in Birmingham, … Continue reading

SCS Group helps to raise £75,000 for CRASH charity

An image showing CRASH thanking SCS Group and other firms for their support in the No Christmas Card Appeal

SCS Group is proud to be part of an appeal that has raised more than £75,000 for a charity supporting homeless and hospice charities. SCS was one of a number of charities which took part in CRASH charity’s 2016 No … Continue reading

Should smoke control systems operate automatically in firefighting mode?

A picture of two firefighters battling a blaze. It's our job in the smoke control industry to keep systems straight forward

By Ben Meek BSc (Hons) BEng (Hons) (Fire Safety) Design Manager, SCS Group   When firefighters arrive at a live fire situation, they simply don’t have time to deal with complex override controls. As such, it is our job in the … Continue reading

Marketing expert Gareth targets Easivent sales

A picture of SCS Group's Marketing Executive Gareth McTiffin

MEET Gareth McTiffin, SCS Group’s Marketing Executive. He started at the company in Autumn 2016 and has been working mainly with Easivent, our supply-only sales arm, at our headquarters in Cardiff. We thought it would be great to find out … Continue reading

BEMS helps cut energy bills by £100k at FT HQ

A picture of an SCS Group worker using BEMS

The use of BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems) at the London headquarters of the Financial Times (FT) has cut energy bills by more than £100,000 within two years. A story reported by SCS Group partner Trend describes how FT wanted to … Continue reading

How will the Internet of Things (IoT) affect your firm in 2017?

A picture of a computer - Jayson DeMers (writing in Forbes magazine) says companies will be able to use data-based insights to come up with more effective advertising and more

YOU may well have heard of the Internet of Things, but have you considered the impact it is having and will have on businesses in 2017? Here at SCS Group we are always interested in the latest technological developments, so … Continue reading

Charity thanks festive fundraisers for ‘wonderful’ effort

A picture of SCS Group employees wearing their Christmas jumpers to raise cash for CRASH

SCS Group employees raised an amazing £124.82 for charity by taking part in Christmas jumper day last month. The impressive amount was announced this week following the event on Friday, December 16, 2016 and will be donated to CRASH, the … Continue reading

Smoke ventilation system for £75million Alto development

A photograph of Alto, which is located in Wembley Park, London

Project title Alto Location Wembley, London   Project background Alto is a high-rise residential apartment development and is the second phase of Quintain’s exciting transformation of Wembley Park, London. The finished area will incorporate shops, landscaped public space, entertainment, bars … Continue reading

Contractor discovers benefits of ‘modular’ on hotel scheme

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A CONTRACTOR has discovered how intense preparation is the key to success on its first modular hotel job in Manchester, reports Construction News. Working in this way is a format SCS Group is very familiar with as the company knows … Continue reading

Project delivered using impressive BIM at Greenwich Peninsula

A picture of Plot 103 at Greenwich Peninsula which SCS Group has been working on smoke BMS BIM vents

Project title Plot 103 Location Greenwich Peninsula, London   Project background Greenwich Peninsula is an impressive development set to thrive in a 62,500 square metre district comprising commercial, retail and office space. Located one Underground stop from Canary Wharf and in the Royal … Continue reading

SCS Group logo makes an appearance at the Pyramids

A picture of Apprentice Project Engineer Muhammad Wahid at the Pyramids wearing his SCS Group hi-vis vest

TOURISTS visiting the Pyramids in Giza would have had an unexpected sight recently, as the SCS Group logo appeared in front of the popular attraction. Apprentice Project Engineer Muhammad Wahid, who is usually based in our London office, was taking … Continue reading

SCS Group helps Limehouse Basin residents keep their cool

A photograph of the exterior of Limehouse Basin, London, where we designed, supplied and installed the smoke, environmental and BMS System

Project Title Limehouse Basin Location London Docklands   Project Background Completed in March 2016, Limehouse Basin is one of Bellway’s three building schemes to regenerate the Limehouse area. The overall project includes five new blocks with a total of 166 … Continue reading

Employees get into Christmas spirit to raise cash for CRASH

A picture of SCS Group employees wearing their Christmas jumpers to raise cash for CRASH

SCS Group employees united on Friday, December 16, to raise cash for charity by wearing their most snazzy Christmas jumpers. Employees at the company’s offices in Cardiff, London and Dorset were invited to take part in the festive fun by … Continue reading

Judges reveal reasons for SCS Group’s award win

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SCS Group was thrilled to win the award for Best Reward and Recognition Scheme at the recent Construction Investing in Talent Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on December 8. Now SCS Group is pleased to share the … Continue reading

SCS Group commends maintenance message

A photo to show that maintaining a smoke control system is incredibly important. Here, two SCS Group staff check a system.

WHEN it comes to maintaining your smoke control system, we really can’t emphasise enough how important it is to get it right and make sure the right person is maintaining it. As a life-safety system it is imperative that it … Continue reading

Success for SCS at Construction Investing in Talent Awards ceremony

A picture of Service Manager Olly Lucas and Parts and Logistic Manager Magdalena Kujawa with SCS Group's award for Best Reward and Recognition Scheme, which it won at the Construction Investing in Talent Awards in December 2016

SCS Group is celebrating success after scooping an impressive award at the inaugural Construction Investing in Talent Awards held last night (December 8, 2016) at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The company, which has offices in Cardiff, London and Dorset, … Continue reading

Should individuals be accredited as well as firms?

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AN ARTICLE published recently by IFSEC Global is asking whether individual security installers – not just security firms – should be accredited. It’s got us thinking about accreditation – and really falls in line with our recent calls for making … Continue reading

SCS Group has ISO certification upgraded to new standard

A picture of the ISO logo. has had its certification upgraded from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015

SCS Group has recently had its annual quality audit in Cardiff carried out by the awarding body NQA and is pleased to announce it has had its certification upgraded from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001 is … Continue reading

SCS Group in Building Good Employer Guide’s top 50 companies

The Building Good Employer Guide 2016 logo. SCS Group has been listed in its top 50 companies of 2016

SCS Group is thrilled to share it is one of the 50 employers listed in this year’s Building Good Employer Guide. SCS Group is devoted to keeping its staff happy, well-trained and motivated and being included in Building’s 2016 list is … Continue reading

Chancellor announces £3.7bn spending on housing projects

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THE chancellor has announced new spending on housing projects in England totalling £3.7bn. BBC News reports Philip Hammond said during his Autumn Statement (November 23, 2016) that £2.3bn would be spent on infrastructure – such as roads – related to … Continue reading

SCS Group customer Wates scoops two awards at ceremony

An aerial view of the Greenwich Peninsula development where SCS Group worked with Wates on Plots 114 and 115

SCS Group is delighted to hear that its customer Wates Group has scooped two awards at this year’s Building Awards. Wates’ CEO Andrew Davies was crowned winner of the first ever CEOs’ CEO of the Year category at the ceremony, … Continue reading

Smoke shaft solution saves time and money

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WHEN SCS Group was commissioned to work on a stunning boutique hotel development in London, its staff knew that they needed to come up with a smoke shaft system that could be installed quickly and simply. Due to both time … Continue reading

Fläkt Woods smoke shaft system perfect for hotel

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Project title: Courthouse Hotel Location: Shoreditch, London . Project Background The Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch, is steeped in history and is one of the most beautiful Edwardian civic buildings in London. Situated opposite Shoreditch Town Hall, the building is now an … Continue reading

New white paper advises on specifying rooflights

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A NEW white paper is offering people a guide to specifying rooflights to Approved Document K. The white paper, which has been put together by Glazing Vision, is designed to clarify everything you need to know about how to specify … Continue reading

SCS backs calls for correct smoke control system maintenance

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SCS Group is backing calls for people to ensure they get the correct people to maintain smoke control systems once they’ve been installed and commissioned. Brakel Airvent, writing in Means of Escape, explains how it as a company has run … Continue reading

Wesley enjoys engineer role at SCS Group

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WESLEY Clarke is our Trainee Commissioning Engineer who works mainly in London, having started at the SCS Group back in August. We thought it would be great to find out more about Wesley and how he arrived at SCS. After … Continue reading

SCS role is just right for accounts whizz Esther

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THIS week SCS Group is pleased to introduce Esther Winter, our fantastic Accounts Assistant. If you’ve been in touch with our Accounts department in the last six months, then you may well have spoken to Esther already. But we thought … Continue reading

Exciting new job role proves perfect for Mike

A picture of Mike Williams, Easivent's Order Processing and Technical Support Administrator (Easivent is part of the SCS Group)

MEET Mike Williams, Easivent’s Order Processing and Technical Support Administrator. Easivent, the supply-only sales arm of the SCS Group, is staffed by our team of hard-working and dedicated employees who ensure you get the best service and products when you … Continue reading

Is there a place for UAVs/drones in construction?

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WE RECENTLY read an article published by B1M which answered the question: “What can UAVs do for the construction industry?”. The story – and its accompanying video (featured at the end of this story) – got us thinking a little more specifically … Continue reading

Blog post: The benefits of an internship at SCS Group

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Eleanore Nash, September 6, 2016 My entire experience at SCS Group has been both interesting and rewarding, giving me a broad overview of what the company does, how it works and what its future ambitions are. I’ve been introduced to … Continue reading

SCS Group shortlisted for two awards in national competition

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SCS Group has been selected as a finalist in two categories of the 2016 Construction Investing in Talent Awards, making the first ever shortlist of this brand new award scheme. SCS Group, which has its headquarters in Cardiff, an office … Continue reading

SCS Group’s new apprentices enjoy training days in Cardiff

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HERE at the SCS Group we support the Government’s vision to encourage the intake of apprentices in businesses across the UK. Curtis Rees has recently completed his apprenticeship with the SCS Group and now works as a permanent Project Manager, … Continue reading

Be open to employing people with visible tattoos, says SCS Group

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CALLS for companies to be more open to employing people with visible tattoos have been backed by SCS Group, which ‘recruits people based on their ability and attitude rather than appearance’. The company – which specialises in smoke control, passive … Continue reading

He’s done it! Mike Jackson completes Ironman challenge

A picture of SCS Group's Regional Manager Mike Jackson crossing the Ironman Wales 2016 finish line

HE’S done it! SCS Group’s Regional Manager (Wales and West) Mike Jackson completed Ironman Wales in great style last night, crossing the finish line to become an official ‘Ironman’. Mike, who was feeling nervous but excited before the event, is … Continue reading

Mike ‘nervous but excited’ as Ironman event approaches

Ironman participants Mike Jackson from SCS Group and Ryan Davies

WITH just a few days to go until Ironman Wales kicks off, SCS Group’s Regional Manager (Wales and West) Mike Jackson is feeling nervous – but excited. Mike, who is based in our Cardiff office, signed up for the challenging … Continue reading

It’s SCS v Ardmore as staff take on Tough Mudder challenge

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Four members of SCS Group are going up against Ardmore Construction in a Tough Mudder this weekend. Faye Young (Regional Manager, London and South East), Dave Jenkinson (Contracts Manager), Luke Wilczek (Project Manager) and Leteesha Flore (Apprentice Project Engineer) from … Continue reading

Our magnificent seven get set for Windsor fundraiser

A picture of SCS Group's Leteesha Flore who is taking part in the Windsor Half Marathon

SEVEN SCS Group workers are taking part in a half marathon to raise cash for CRASH – the construction industry’s charity. Five of our London office staff will be joined by two workers from our Cardiff headquarters and they are … Continue reading

Development up for inclusive environment award

A picture of Penarth Learning Community, which SCS Group worked on

A DEVELOPMENT which SCS Group worked on has been shortlisted by the Construction Industry Council for its inaugural Inclusive Environment Award (CIC-IE). Business News Wales reports that the Penarth Learning Community, designed by HLM’s Cardiff team, is one of only … Continue reading

Blog post: The challenges of working in comms at SCS (Part 3)

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The challenges of working in communications at SCS Group Eleanore Nash, August 23, 2016   Part 3: You have to convince your colleagues to let you write an article about them Awaiting responses from various sources in order to complete various … Continue reading

Blog post: The challenges of working in comms at SCS (Part 2)

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The challenges of working in communications at SCS Group Eleanore Nash, August 15, 2016 Part 2: You can occasionally feel like an overly-attached girlfriend. Part of my job during my internship at SCS Group was to produce a range of case … Continue reading

Technology key to construction industry’s future

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OVER the summer, Construction News showcased the latest technology used in construction, providing summaries of key innovations on their website. As an industry, construction can sometimes lag behind in terms of innovation and technological advancement. In the first week of August, … Continue reading

Blog post: The challenges of working in comms at SCS (Part 1)

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This blog post about working in communications at SCS Group has been written by Eleanore Nash, our Marketing Intern, who has been working with us over the summer The challenges of working in communications at SCS Group Eleanore Nash, August 8, 2016 … Continue reading

Blog post: Shattering stereotypes

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This blog post about building sites and stereotypes has been written by Eleanore Nash, our Marketing Intern, who has been working with us over the summer. Shattering stereotypes Eleanore Nash, July 27, 2016 Before starting my internship at SCS Group, the only … Continue reading

Luke conquers Leith-al Hill to raise cash for CRASH

A picture of SCS Group Project Manager Luke Wilczek with his bike

ONE of SCS Group’s team members has completed London Ride100 to help raise money for CRASH – the construction industry’s charity. Project Manager Luke Wilczek took part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon cycle race on Sunday July 31 and has already … Continue reading

Man of iron Mike not afraid of a challenge

A picture of SCS Group's Mike Jackson, who has signed up for Ironman Wales in Pembrokeshire. He is pictured in front of the Ironman website.

SCS Group Regional Manager (Wales and West) Mike Jackson has registered to take part in Ironman Wales this September. Mike, who is based in our Cardiff office, developed a taste for triathlon after completing the sprint distance course in Barcelona … Continue reading

Spotlight on fire safety after another blaze in Dubai

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A FIRE at another Dubai skyscraper has put fire risk and fire protection firmly in the spotlight again. IFSEC Global reports that The Sulafa Towers, a 75-storey high building in the Dubai Marina, went up in flames just over a … Continue reading

Sky pool continues to captivate social media users

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A LUXURY apartments development in Central London, which SCS Group is doing work on, is continuing to receive significant social media interest because of a certain cutting-edge feature. Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens development, in Nine Elms, features not only awe-inspiring apartment blocks … Continue reading

Internet of Things keeps growing, but what is it?

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HAVE you heard about the Internet of Things? It’s an interesting term and it’s talked about frequently, but do you know what it is? According to an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Internet of Things – or IoT … Continue reading

SCS Support completes upgrade of system in Bristol

A picture of the extract fan set (FläktWoods fans), ductwork system and main control panel installed by SCS Support

Project title Riverside House Location Bristol   Project Background Riverside House, Bristol, is an apartment building located in the centre of the city. SCS Group’s service department, SCS Support, was called to attend the building in June 2016 to look at the … Continue reading

‘Carbon neutral’ Luke ditches tube for 100% cycling

A picture of SCS Group Project Manager Luke Wilczek with his bike

SCS Group Project Manager Luke Wilczek is on track to helping the company become even greener. Luke, who is based in our London office, is aiming to be carbon neutral by cycling everywhere – from his Battersea home to work … Continue reading

Bournville Gardens shortlisted for top award

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A DEVELOPMENT which SCS Group recently worked on has been shortlisted for a top award. Bournville Gardens Village, in Birmingham, is a retirement village with 212 homes. SCS Group was commissioned in September 2013 to create combined BMS (Building Management … Continue reading

ECA awards night proves a success for SCS customers

A picture of the ECA Gala Night at the Celtic Manor Hotel

SCS Group was thrilled to attend the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) Gala Dinner and Annual Awards on Friday (July 8, 2016) at the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales. The glamorous event was attended by representatives from across the electrical … Continue reading

Smoke control systems can save lives – but only if they are functioning correctly

A graphic of a smoke control system - maintenance is vital says Olly Lucas

By Olly Lucas Service Manager, SCS Group SMOKE control systems are critical to ensuring the safety of individuals in the event of a fire. Smoke build-up, if not ventilated correctly, can quickly overcome an individual long before the fire itself … Continue reading

Building control technology ‘has potential to improve staff wellbeing’

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HAVE you ever thought about the potential of building control technology? We’ve heard of how it can reduce businesses’ energy bills and carbon footprints, but what isn’t so widely understood is how it can provide an opportunity to improve the effectiveness … Continue reading

How do you evacuate a tall building safely?

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  TALL buildings came under the spotlight during a talk at FIREX International 2016 which focused on evacuating them safely during emergencies. The talk, which is featured on ifsecglobal.com, was given by Gary Hicks, of Evac + Chair, Middle East, … Continue reading

Impressive sky pool garners international interest

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A SWIMMING pool suspended between two buildings is getting much attention at the moment – being shared on social media and being featured by international press. The ‘sky pool’ is part of the high-profile Ballymore development of Embassy Gardens, Battersea, … Continue reading

SCS Group joins the BCIA

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SCS Group is happy to announce it is now a member of The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA). What is the BCIA? The BCIA is ‘the unified voice of the UK controls industry’ and is committed to supporting its members … Continue reading

Gooee bringing Internet of Things to buildings

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AN INTERNET company founded in March 2014 is bringing the Internet of Things to Buildings. ‘Gooee’ is a company focused on delivering the Internet of Things (IoT) into buildings, in this case via intelligent lighting, reports Modern Building Services (MBS). … Continue reading

RoSPA award for Ardmore health and safety manager

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SCS Group sends its congratulations to Joseph Woollett who has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as one of its health and safety ‘Guardian Angels’. Joseph, who is senior health and safety manager at … Continue reading

Sailing duo help raise cash for CRASH

A picture of SCS Group staff Michael Brennan and Simon Inwood

TWO members of staff from SCS Group’s Manufacturing division set sail recently to help raise cash for CRASH – the construction industry’s homelessness charity. Director Simon Inwood and Controls Engineer Michael Brennan, who are based at our site in Three … Continue reading

Priva’s updated white paper offers new perspectives on energy management

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SCS Group’s partner Priva has released a revised and updated version of a white paper focusing on energy management. The original white paper, released in 2014, focused on ‘Taking a structured approach to energy management’. It provided a clear, easy-to-understand … Continue reading

Fewer women in construction than a decade ago

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THERE are fewer women employed in the construction industry now than there were ten years ago, according to the latest labour force statistics. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed this week that the number of women working in the … Continue reading

Brexit survey: 63% say EU is best for construction sector

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A RECENT survey carried out by Building.co.uk has found construction professionals believe a potential Brexit in next month’s EU referendum could have a damaging impact on the sector. Building carried out the exclusive survey of 1,300 professionals and many respondents … Continue reading

Team toast success at Allenbuild Charity Golf Day

A picture of, left to right, Allenbuild's Peter Lacey, SCS Group Project Manager Richard Bottle and SCS Group Project Manager Luke Wilczek

STAFF from SCS Group’s London office enjoyed a very successful golf day recently, helping to raise cash for a new hospice development. Project Managers Richard Bottle and Luke Wilczek attended the charity golf day, organised and hosted by our client … Continue reading

Successful car park smoke test at Sovereign Court, London

A picture of SCS Group's car park smoke test at Sovereign Court, London

SCS Group recently carried out a successful car park smoke test at Sovereign Court, located in the heart of Hammersmith. We are carrying out work there for our clients Imtech Engineering Services, who are working for St George, which specialises … Continue reading

BS EN 12101-3 (2015) and the use of VSDs for smoke control systems

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By Ben Meek BSc (Hons) BEng (Hons) (Fire Safety) Design Manager, SCS Group Inverter drives (also known as variable speed drives or VSDs) are commonly used in smoke control applications to limit and modulate fan speed to suit a particular … Continue reading

New Project Engineer Matt bowls staff over with knowledge and skills

A picture of Matt Walters, SCS Group Project Engineer (London and South East)

FOR nearly two months one of SCS Group’s newest recruits – Matt Walters – has been bowling us over with his fantastic skills and knowledge. Cricketer Matt, Project Engineer for London and South East, has been based in SCS Group’s … Continue reading

Scheme reaches new heights at Greenwich Peninsula

A picture of the 'topping out' ceremony at Plot 104, Greenwich Peninsula

WE ARE delighted to see that one of the fantastic projects we are working on at Greenwich Peninsula reached new heights recently, as Knight Dragon and Wates Construction celebrated the ‘topping out’ of a 32-apartment scheme. Valued in excess of … Continue reading

Could you be part of our successful team?

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VACANCY: BEMS Contracts Manager – London OUR industry is constantly changing, with new ideas, new ways to do things and new ways to address environmental challenges. Here at SCS Group we are embracing these changes and are proud of the way … Continue reading

Building sites of the future: Drones and robotic bulldozers?

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THE building site of the future is going to look very different to the one we are all used to today, reports BBC News this week. In a story on its website, BBC News says that instead of men in high-visibility … Continue reading

Uncertainty over Brexit may be factor in slowdown – expert

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UNCERTAINTY over Britain’s future in the European Union may be a factor in UK construction slowing down, according to a London economist. In a story published on Bloomberg.com (click here to read Bloomberg story), it is reported that UK construction … Continue reading

Big thanks to sponsors as total raised for charity hits £1,728

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THE Paris Marathon may have taken place a month ago, but we’re delighted and grateful to say that people have continued to make donations, helping us to raise even more money for CRASH – the construction industry’s charity. MD Allan … Continue reading

SCS Support has a super new addition

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SCS Group is delighted to introduce Olly Lucas as its new Service Manager. Olly, who comes to us from Airvent, will be looking after our Support Division, making sure our customers continue to receive the high levels of service that they … Continue reading

Get BIM Level 2 assistance online

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PEOPLE needing further information about implementing BIM Level 2 can now obtain it from a new website, www.bim-level2.org, launched earlier this month to coincide with the BIM Level 2 mandate. It was launched by the British Standards Institution (BSI) with … Continue reading

London’s construction market suffers slowdown, survey suggests

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THE construction market in London has suffered a sharp slowdown over the quarter, according to a recent survey. City A.M. reports that the slowdown comes despite recent government efforts to encourage more housebuilding and deliver more homes across the capital. City A.M. … Continue reading

Poll asks how Brexit would affect UK construction industry

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A RECENT poll has suggested that the UK construction industry would be affected in a negative way if Britain votes to leave the European Union in June. The poll, carried out by The B1M and published last Thursday, April 14, … Continue reading

“Is that the fire service? I’ve lost my specs.”

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WOULD you dial 999 to report your sofa getting wedged in a door? Or how about to report chickens running down the road? Your answer is hopefully no – when it comes to phoning your local fire and rescue service … Continue reading

Software expert Steve is a real asset to SCS Group

A picture of Steve Stone, SCS Group Lead Software Commissioning Engineer

MEET Steve Stone – he’s Lead Software and Commissioning Engineer based at our London office. He’s been working with us since January and you may well have already met or spoken to him, but how much do you know about … Continue reading

CRASH thanks SCS team for taking on marathon challenge

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CRASH, the construction industry’s charity, has sent its thanks to the SCS Group after four of its staff completed the Paris Marathon. SCS Group’s Managing Director Allan Meek, Regional Manager (London and South) Faye Young, Contracts Manager Dave Jenkinson and BMS … Continue reading

What are the implications of today’s BIM mandate?

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FROM today, Monday, April 4, 2016, fully collaborative BIM (Level 2) must be used on all government construction projects, as set out in the 2011 Construction Strategy. The aim is to achieve an efficient and technologically advanced industry in the UK. … Continue reading

Success for SCS runners in marathon challenge

A picture of the SCS team runners after completing the Paris Marathon 2016

OUR fit four have done it – they’ve all completed the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon and have raised nearly £1,500 for CRASH – the construction industry’s charity. After weeks of intense training, MD Allan Meek, Regional Manager (London and South) … Continue reading

Skyscraper blaze in UAE ‘exposing fire protection flaws’ in region

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ANOTHER skyscraper fire in the UAE is once again exposing fire protection flaws in the region, IFSEC Global reports this week. The fire, the third of its type in a year, struck a residential tower in the Ajman emirate, north … Continue reading

Will you sponsor our Paris Marathon team?

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SCS Group’s fit four are just nine days away from crossing the start line of the Paris Marathon and are pledging for your help raising cash for CRASH – the construction industry’s charity. MD Allan Meek, Regional Manager (London and … Continue reading

Deadline approaches for Government’s BIM mandate

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TWO weeks today – April 4th, 2016 – marks the date that fully collaborative BIM (Level 2) must be used on all government construction projects, as set out in the 2011 Construction Strategy. The subject fell under the spotlight at … Continue reading

Training intensifies as Paris Marathon beckons

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THERE are just two-and-a-half weeks remaining before SCS Group’s fabulous four cross the start line of the Paris Marathon. SCS Group MD Allan Meek, Regional Manager (London and South) Faye Young, BMS Engineer Jason Bennett and Contracts Manager Dave Jenkinson have … Continue reading

It’s National Apprenticeship Week – fancy joining us?

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This week marks National Apprenticeship Week (March 14-18) and SCS Group is pleased to be promoting three fantastic apprenticeship positions  which are currently available within the company. National Apprenticeship Week, coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, celebrates apprenticeships and the … Continue reading

‘Paris here I come’ – MD joins team in marathon challenge

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WITH just three-and-a-half weeks to go before runners cross the start line of the Paris Marathon, SCS Group’s MD Allan Meek has signed up to take part. Allan, who enjoys triathlons and trekking in his spare time, has decided to … Continue reading

Panel targets diversity gap in construction industry

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The construction industry lacks the understanding and leadership required to address inequality, according to a recent high-level discussion attended by well-known champions of diversity in construction. The panel was brought together to form the UK Construction Week Diversity Advisory Group and … Continue reading

SCS Group proud to be part of Friars Walk development

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Project title Friars Walk Location Newport, South Wales Project Background Located right in the centre of Newport, South Wales, Friars Walk is 390,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space which has completely transformed the heart of the city. SCS … Continue reading

SCS Group welcomes BIM/CAD expert Rhys to the team

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SCS Group is delighted to welcome Rhys Powell as its new BIM/CAD Design Manager. Rhys, who has come to SCS Group from Nuaire, in Caerphilly, is very experienced in his field and is looking forward to contributing towards SCS Group’s … Continue reading

Warnings over neglecting fire safety maintenance after deaths at tower block

WARNINGS have been issued over the dangers of neglecting to maintain fire safety features after the deaths of two tower-block residents in a 2011 fire. In a story featured on IFSEC Global this week, south-east London housing association Lewisham Homes … Continue reading

Build costs likely to rise as skill shortages continue – Barratt

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CONSTRUCTION costs are likely to rise between three and four percent this year as skills shortages continue to bite, according to housing giant Barratt. In an article by Construction Enquirer today, the firm says: “Whilst we have seen an increase … Continue reading

BEMS is ideal for student accommodation project

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Project title 60 Commercial Road Location London Project Background 60 Commercial Road, London, is an impressive student accommodation development located close to Brick Lane, Spitalfields Markets, shops, restaurants and bars. Now open and called ‘Pure Aldgate’, the modern residence, which … Continue reading

No pain, no gain for SCS Group’s tremendous trio

SCS Group trio get set for Paris Marathon

NO pain, no gain… that’s certainly the story for three of SCS Group’s fittest workers who are currently training for the Paris Marathon. Regional manager (London and South) Faye Young, BMS Engineer Jason Bennett and Contracts Manager Dave Jenkinson (all … Continue reading

Impressive systems used at Greenwich Peninsula

An aerial view of the Greenwich Peninsula development where SCS Group worked with Wates on Plots 114 and 115

Pictured: The Greenwich Peninsula development   Project title Plots 114 and 115 Location Greenwich Peninsula, London Project Background The impressive Greenwich Peninsula development is set to be a flourishing district comprising 62,500 sqm of commercial, retail and office space. Located … Continue reading

SCS Group’s terrific trio gear up for marathon challenge

SCS Group trio get set for Paris Marathon

THREE of SCS Group’s fittest workers are taking steps to raise cash for charity by taking part in one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. Regional manager (London and South) Faye Young, BMS Engineer Jason Bennett and Contracts Manager … Continue reading

BMS installation at Treorchy Primary School, Wales

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SCS Group’s Solution Our work at the school was a BMS (Building Management System) project using the Trend IQ3 Control System. For this we designed and manufactured a bespoke panel. BMS is fundamentally used to control varying aspects of a … Continue reading

SCS Group welcomes visitors from Germany

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SCS Group welcomed two very special visitors from Simon RWA in Germany for product training days on February 4 and 5, 2016. We were delighted to host Martin Weber and Christian Schneider from Simon RWA, based in Passau, Germany, at … Continue reading

Homelessness Charity CRASH welcomes SCS Group as Patron

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The UK construction and property industry’s homelessness charity, CRASH, has welcomed SCS Group as one of its Patrons.   SCS Group has long worked with charities and focused on helping its staff and others to fulfil their potential, but now … Continue reading

BSRIA expresses concerns about future skills

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BSRIA has expressed major concerns about the future level of skills across the construction industry against a background of too few apprentices being trained and a concern that science A-levels will be cut due to a ‘cash squeeze’ as a … Continue reading

Smart control for building systems – DESIGO

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The DESIGO building information system from Siemens saves energy and boosts cost efficiency. High energy efficiency in buildings is all about keeping the thermal and electrical energy input as low as possible. One way to achieve this is to install … Continue reading

New Street Station opens for business

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Birmingham’s revised New Street station is welcoming its first commuters, whose safety and comfort is ensured thanks to a pollution and smoke control system installation from SCS Group.   The £750m redevelopment has been garnering praise from commuters (see BBC … Continue reading

Major growth expected for building automation and control systems

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The world building automation and control systems market is expected to be worth just over £16bn by 2019, according to a BSRIA report. The 2015 BSRIA WMI BACS study reveals that currently there are a small, but growing number of … Continue reading

Turnkey Smoke Control at Luxury ‘Embassy Gardens’ Apartments

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SCS Group’s Solution A fire-engineered solution from SCS Group saw the design and installation of 11 mechanical smoke shafts across the six blocks. These shafts are equipped with rooftop extract fans to draw smoke away in the instance of a fire, … Continue reading

Energy Management takes centre stage at Lyric Theatre Refurbishment

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group was selected on the back of a long and successful working relationship with Essex Services Group, and the confident understanding that our suggested engineering solution would not only be a success in terms of energy management … Continue reading

Priva Blue ID provides impressive hotel energy saving solution

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The Maldron Hotel Derry in Northern Ireland is among a growing number of facilities to leverage the benefits of Priva’s Blue ID building automation solution. The simple to install, easy to use system has proved enormously successful at this forward-thinking … Continue reading

Imperial College Intern Joins SCS London Team

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A student from the prestigious Imperial College, London, has joined up with the SCS Building Automation team for the summer, taking advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from one of the leading specialist building services contractors in the industry. … Continue reading

New SCS Office for Service and R&D

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In addition to core locations in Cardiff, London, Birmingham and our Bournemouth manufacturing facilities, SCS Group is proud to open yet another site; this time a Bournemouth office dedicated to service, commissioning and R&D. SCS Group’s service division, SCS Support, … Continue reading

Damper solutions from SCS Group – new case studies online now

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Fire and smoke dampers can be an important part of a smoke control solution, but don’t often get the interest they deserve next to our more visible mechanical smoke ventilation or energy-saving BEMS projects. That’s why we’ve written up three of our … Continue reading

61 Oxford St smoke control and BEMS

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SCS Group’s Solution By integrating BEMS, smoke shaft performance and fire/smoke dampers into the same controls network, SCS Group was able to present the building’s end-user with a single point of HMI control. This arrangement allows for not only system control/override, … Continue reading

Fire and smoke dampers for Penarth Learning Community

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SCS Group’s Solution By developing a fire/smoke damper system that interacts with the main building controls, SCS Group was able to install a system which featured real-time monitoring of damper performance. The addressable damper array is more advanced than a standard fusible … Continue reading

New London office – good for SCS, good for our customers

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From Monday 6th July 2015, SCS Group will have a new home in London. As we continue to grow our SCS Building Automation division (specialising in BEMS, smoke control and natural ventilation projects), we’re moving into a larger space even … Continue reading

Trend’s new IQ4E controller offers big functionality in a small footprint​

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Offering unrivaled levels of flexibility and functionality, it packs the very highest levels of performance into a device that has an extremely small footprint. Building on the outstanding success of its IQ®4 range of controllers, Trend Control Systems, a leading … Continue reading

Multi-system integration for Bournville retirement village

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SCS Group’s Involvement Our unique approach to project management and value engineering led to a completely bespoke solution that fitted the layout and intended use of the new development perfectly. By successfully integrating the atrium’s complex ventilation system with other … Continue reading

SCS Group flexes integration muscles

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The building services integration message from SCS Group is really getting through, as a number of high-profile projects have been recently completed with our unique multi-system/one-vendor approach winning plaudits from customers. Our specialist building services engineers have long been convincing select … Continue reading

Build a better summer with SCS London’s construction industry internship!

We featured in Building’s Good Employer Guide 2013 & 2014 – want to join us? Our systems not only save lives in the unfortunate event of fire in a building, but are also a key part of the early design, and … Continue reading

Business Development Manager vacancy – Easivent division

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SCS Group is an award-winning company featured in the Building Good Employer Guide 2016 as a top 50 employer – want to join us as a Business Development Manager?   Outline of role The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing sales … Continue reading

SCS Group pledges support to #loveLIVES

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#loveLIVES is the public funding campaign to save the Building Lives organisation which supports apprenticeships, education, training and employment opportunities within the construction and built environment industries. SCS Group has pledged £500 to the campaign, enough to pay for a … Continue reading

King’s Cross smoke control networks with BEMS

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SCS Group’s Involvement This user control is geared towards managing the day to day ventilation strategies per zone, allowing e.g. adjustment of damper settings and fault identification where appropriate. SCS engineers were able to successfully install this unusually flexible method … Continue reading

Tom takes half marathon from a standing start

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There are a lot of keen runners here at SCS Group and, just a short while ago, control specialist Tom Geoghegan from our Bournemouth controls manufacturing facility, was not one of them. That didn’t stop him from taking on the … Continue reading

Download your free Guide to Shafts for Smoke Control

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Available right now on our website’s Resources page, the Guide to Shafts for Smoke Control is a comprehensive but compact look at how smoke shafts can be applied (in single-shaft systems <20 storeys), offering a history of shaft development and a … Continue reading

SCS Insight – Dave Jackson

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This month, Cardiff-based BEMS and smoke control project engineer Dave Jackson comes under the SCS microscope, where we get to find out what drives him and how engineering runs in the family. “My family has a long-standing engineering foundation which … Continue reading

Malcolm beats the Green Man Ultra

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In an incredible feat of athleticism, SCS Group’s own Malcolm Bush has completed this year’s Green Man Ultra, an insane 44 mile – mostly offroad – jaunt around Bristol. The race requirement is for completion in under 12hrs, which Malcolm pipped … Continue reading

Friars Walk gets opening date, SCS life safety systems

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The most significant part of Newport centre’s regeneration, the Friars Walk development (to feature key retailers such as Debenhams and Cineworld) now has an opening date of 12 November 2015. The development will feature a number of smoke control systems courtesy … Continue reading

Trend Attitude promotes National Apprenticeship Week

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SCS Group is proud of the success of it apprenticeships scheme, with several senior management positions now filled by people who joined as apprentices and worked their way up the ladder. One such apprentice is Edd Wilkinson, Controls Engineer, who … Continue reading

Cardiff MP raises fire safety debate

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Jonathan Evens, Conservative MP for Cardiff North, raised the issue of fire safety for parliamentary debate on March 3rd, spurred on by  the case of Sophie Rosser, who was raised in his constituency and who lost her life when a fire broke out … Continue reading

Quality service – now guaranteed by in-house provision

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To ensure the correct ongoing operation of our life safety, energy management and building automation systems, SCS Group is now offering software updates and spare parts exclusively to its service contract holders. SCS’s after-sales is provided by SCS Support, our … Continue reading

Christmas comes early at SCS – charity collection for Operation Santa

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Toys have been gathering at the Cardiff office of SCS Group, delivered by SCS staff to help out disadvantaged children in the Caerphilly area of South Wales – where SCS used to be based. The appeal asks for donations of … Continue reading

Total Building Automation – see it for yourself on YouTube

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SCS Group’s trademark-registered Total Building Approach tells a story about the future of modern building design, and now you can share the vision via a pair of simulations up on YouTube. The 3D animations recreate our Cardiff HQ building, showing … Continue reading

SCS Group inside Insider

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SCS Group’s recent successes, bold growth plans and interest from Welsh Government Economy Minister Edwina Hart have led to an appearance in Insider Magazine, one of the UK’s leading business publications. Check out the footage for yourself here.

Economy Minister on board with SCS Vision

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A visit this week from Edwina Hart, MBE, AM gave SCS Group the chance to speak directly to a key Welsh Government decision-maker about its plans for the future – to treble turnover, push into innovative new markets and create … Continue reading

SCS Group’s guide to cooler, safer corridors in residential care homes

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Following the recorded success of a natural ventilation project at Alrewych Court, SCS Group has published its free-to-download Guide to Overheating in Residential Care Homes. The Guide analyses the risks posed to the elderly or infirm from the kinds of excessive … Continue reading

Cooler, safer corridors in residential care home

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SCS Group’s work on a natural ventilation system for Alrewych Court residential care home in the West Midlands has led to a substantial reduction in corridor overheating, ensuring a safer environment for the elderly and vulnerable residents. The passive ventilation … Continue reading

Alrewych Court Residential Care Home

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SCS Group’s Involvement The temperature sensors used as part of this natural ventilation project were also employed as data-loggers, to enable SCS Group to prove the effectiveness of the system. While previous corridor temperatures at the care home had been … Continue reading

SCS Insight – Faye Young

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Welcome to the second installment of SCS Insight, a look at the people delivering your BEMS, smoke control and building automation projects and products. This time, it’s Faye Young, regional manager at our new London office on Beech Street. Faye … Continue reading

SCS Group Stars in Good Employer Guide 2014 from Building Magazine

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For the third year running, SCS Group’s knack for taking care of its staff has won it a top 50 appearance among the elite companies profiled in Building Magazine’s Good Employer Guide. The 2014 edition, released on 24th October 2014, … Continue reading

You’re Hired – SCS searches for the next Apprentice

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SCS Group was in the top 5 companies in Building Magazine’s Good Employer Guide last year, and now you have the opportunity to join our winning team! We have an opening in our Cardiff office for a Trainee Project Engineer, a … Continue reading

Faye Young opens new London office

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Our new, very central, London office is now open in Barbican! We’re also delighted to announce the arrival of regional manager Faye Young (previously of Fläkt Woods) who has joined the SCS team to oversee Building Automation projects out of … Continue reading

Shopping Centre Journal focuses on car park ventilation

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SCS Group’s recent publication – Car Park Ventilation Demystified – has been picked up by yet another magazine in the trade press arena. Shopping Centre’s September issue features SCS’ report on the benefits of jet fan ventilation for smoke and/or … Continue reading

SCS Insight – Edward Halcrow

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In the first of a new monthly series of SCS Group articles, we’re giving you the chance to look at what happens when the laptops are closed and the site gear is stripped off with a profile of one of … Continue reading

Meet the team!

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Thanks to Glenn Edwards for popping in last week to photograph our gorgeous team in Cardiff. Take a look at his fine work here:   From left to right: Edward Halcrow, Andrea Page, Matt Thompson, Chris Connolly, Dave Jackson, Sam … Continue reading

Sam’s daughter walks for Noah’s Ark children’s hospital

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Well done to Olivia, daughter of our Service Manager Sam Mayall, who has taken part in a 3km charity walk to raise money for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Wales. The walk around Cardiff Bay took place on a … Continue reading

SCS Engine-eers Halted in their Tracks

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Last night two of SCS Group’s team – senior project manager Chris Connolly and projects director Chris Jones – survived a mini-adventure as their train was stopped in a dramatic flash-flood. The sudden downpour happened between Bath and Chippenham near … Continue reading

SCS stars in trade press

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SCS Group has been featured in the Aug/Sep issues of both H&V News and Public Sector Building Magazine. On August 27th H&V News published a profile of SCS Group’s expertise in the field of car park ventilation, in the ‘Better … Continue reading

Smoke control for a safe Admiral HQ

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The new headquarters of insurance behemoth Admiral is benefiting from the safety and convenience of SCS Building Automation’s smoke shaft and underground car park ventilation systems. The new 16-story tower for the Admiral Group, which operates numerous key insurance suppliers … Continue reading

Admiral HQ, Cardiff

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SCS Group’s Involvement The SCS solution incorporated Easivent-branded Parker variable speed drives in its control panels, ensuring precise, efficient control. Both systems adopted a fire engineered approach and were designed and validated using CFD analysis. The final car park design … Continue reading

SCS Recruits Apprentice with (Trend) Attitude

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The latest addition to the ever-growing SCS Group team is Edd Wilkinson, our new Apprentice Controls Engineer. Edd is enrolled with the Trend Attitude programme, ensuring he can take advantage of both formal training and on-the-job experience with SCS Group – … Continue reading

IIP Re-Accreditation for SCS Group

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SCS Group, a company well-known for its dedication to employee engagement, has been recognised for its efforts with re-accreditation from Investors In People.   “We’ve been recognised by IIP since 2009, and we’re delighted for that accreditation to continue into … Continue reading

Appy Days – Schneider Electric launches new app to make easier work of metering selection

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Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has launched an innovative new mobile app designed to make easy work of metering selection. Aptly named ‘The Metering Catalogue’, the clever app enables the user to quickly and effectively select the … Continue reading

4-way BEMS protocol integration at school

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SCS Group’s Involvement To meet its desired BREEAM status, the structure featured several energy-saving systems including intelligent BEMS and mixed passive/mechanical ventilation. It was originally designed with these numerous building services running on separate communication protocols from numerous different suppliers; … Continue reading

Battersea Reach apartments case study now available

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SCS Group’s case study collection has been update with the addition of Battersea Reach luxury apartments, London. Click here to check out more information about this site, which took advantage of 3x SCS Group UniForce smoke shaft installations.

Battersea Reach luxury apartments

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SCS Group’s Involvement SCS Group has a longstanding working relationship with Briggs and Forrester MEP, having worked on numerous landmark projects and delivered jobs on time and on budget (and, indeed, often below budget thanks to our value-engineered approach). Consisting … Continue reading

Car Park Ventilation Demystified

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Enclosed or underground car parks generally are unable to vent exhaust fumes naturally, and the same is true of harmful smoke in the case of a fire. That’s why smoke control systems are required, but the technology and fire engineering … Continue reading

Keeping an eye on your control system – Eyeball from SCS Group

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SCS Group is making this available for the first time with the launch of the SCS Eyeball, which has been developed to give peace of mind for owners, operators and tenants of tower blocks. The Eyeball is an intelligent device … Continue reading

Schneider Electric scoops two industry accolades at this year’s Energy Live consultancy awards

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Schneider Electric, a global energy management specialist, last night scooped not one but two industry accolades of ‘Best Advice’ and ‘Large Consultancy of the Year’ at the Energy Live Consultancy Awards. As testament to its skills and expertise in the … Continue reading

Brakel range offers CE marking and EN 12101 certification

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Our range of Brakel ventilations products – including the industry-leading Optima (the best-insulating louvred vent in the world) – all come with CE marking and EN 12101 certification, so you can rest assured that your building will meet all appropriate … Continue reading

League glory for SCS-sponsored teams!

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Congratulations to the players of The Oakwood Terriers U11 football team for winning the Southampton & District Tyro League, and Dronfield Town U12’s for gaining promotion to the Sheffield District Junior Sunday League! We’ll keep an eye out for you … Continue reading

The Internet of Buildings – BMS in the real world

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Note – this article, by SCS Group’s BMS Manager Mike Jackson was first published by Building.co.uk In 2009, Kevin Ashton first coined the phrase ‘the internet of things’, which referred to a vision of the future where our domestic lives … Continue reading

Award-winning Brent Civic Centre

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SCS Group’s Involvement Via Airvent, SCS Group was appointed to supply the smoke control systems for the project, undertaking provision of systems for the underground car park jet fans, basement dampers and mechanical extra shaft. SCS was chosen for its … Continue reading

First Brakel product hits Easivent store

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Easivent’s Brakel Eura is the first CE-marked Brakel-manufactured product to be directly available for purchase from the Easivent web store. A louvered ventilator that can extract large volumes of warm air and smoke in a short period of time, the … Continue reading

SCS Commissioning Team Grows

Welcome Jolly Smith Driven by customer demand and an improving market, SCS Group is growing, and we’re keen to ensure that our reputation for high standards of quality and customer service are maintained with this growth. That’s why our latest … Continue reading

The Internet of Buildings – Mike Jackson on the future of BMS

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SCS Group’s BMS Manager Mike Jackson has published an article on the present and future state of BMS and what it means for interconnected, ‘smart’ buildings – titled The Internet of Buildings. Based on Kevin Ashton’s work to coin the phrased … Continue reading

Priva helps Eden Project cut 781 tonnes of CO2

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The Eden Project in Cornwall has created a highly-efficient and future-proof site that uses dramatically less energy, by integrating all aspects of their horticultural and building control systems. Priva technology played an important role in this project to achieve greater … Continue reading

SCS Support – your maintenance partner

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Software updates, service and maintenance go in-house as SCS Support launches. SCS Support is SCS Group’s new software, compliance and maintenance division, offering software updates and service contracts to end users and FMs of sites where SCS equipment is installed. … Continue reading

Siemens shines at Hannover Messe 2014

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Evolving technologies, infrastructure, and business models continually pose new challenges for all of us. What will the future bring? And how can we maintain our edge in the global marketplace? Siemens was on hand at Hannover Messe 2014 presenting solutions … Continue reading

Brent Civic Centre wins ‘Sustainable Project Of The Year’

SCS Group’s smoke controls at the heart of BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building 2014’s Building Magazine awards have heaped praise on the development of Brent Civic Centre, with the prize of ‘Sustainable Project Of The Year’ going to Skanska. Via Airvent, SCS … Continue reading

SCS Group Becomes Brakel Reseller

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The place to come for market-leading louvers and vents Dutch firm Brakel – for 35 years the market leader in daylight access, fire safety and ventilation solutions – has partnered with SCS Group to offer its unique high-quality products into … Continue reading

Schneider Electric championing BRE paper

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Schneider Electric, a global energy management specialist, has provided its support for the latest information paper from BRE on ‘Operating BEMS: A practical guide to building energy management systems’. The paper, which is also supported by ESTA, has been produced as … Continue reading

‘Off-the-shelf’ smoke controls hit Easivent store

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Standardised smoke control systems are now available at www.easivent.co.uk, SCS Group’s retail arm responsible for online sales of smoke and natural ventilation products. For either mechanical extract in high rise buildings or jet fan systems in covered car parks, Easivent … Continue reading

Our new site is live, and you’re looking right at it

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Welcome to the new-look SCS Group website. Created to promote the varied divisions within SCS Group (our Projects team for smoke control and BMS on new build construction jobs, our Control Panels team manufacturing panels in-house, our service and software … Continue reading

CIBSE Award for Olympic Velodrome

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The accolade – issued at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2014 – highlights the unique and considerate design of the BREEAM ‘Excellent’-rated venue, combining as much natural lighting and ventilation as possible without infringing on the integrity of the architectural … Continue reading

SCS Total Automation Approach

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Day 12: Summit Day

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Onward and Upward Struggled to get our gear on in the dark in a small 2-man tent. The forecast was for high winds so it was likely to be very cold. I wore, from the bottom up: Oh, and on … Continue reading

Year Of The Horse Looking Strong For SCS Group

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“It’s been a difficult journey out of recession for a lot of people in our industry,” explains MD Allan Meek, “but by focusing on customer care we’ve weathered the storm and come out of it stronger. We’re just celebrating the … Continue reading

SCS Group Sponsors Local Football Team

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Building Energy Management Strategic Planning For Education

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The Education system is currently undergoing significant transformation and there is continuous pressure to keep costs down, especially on non core areas. The cost of energy and other utility bills are increasingly impacting on expenditure as these costs are rising … Continue reading

How Not To Catch A Cold With Natural Ventilation

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Simple “rules of thumb” are not enough Indoor climate experts can predict the detailed air movement within a room using simulation tools, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is one of the most commonly used. Therefore, the problems associated with poor design, … Continue reading

Natural Ventilation In The Priority School Building Programme

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The white paper summarises research into achieving well-controlled, natural ventilation via high-level windows which can meet the criteria within the Facilities Output Specification. This can be achieved without the need for mechanical fans and mixing boxes, or their associated energy and … Continue reading

Introduction to Danfoss VLT® Drives Presentation

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Danfoss VLT® Variable Speed Drives provide greater system efficiency, reliability and safety.Reduce energy consumption, speed up your processes and improve the working environment. Save money and buy a VLT® Drive from SCS Group.  For great prices and short lead times … Continue reading

Can employee ownership help defuse the business succession time bomb in Wales?

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Allan Meek set up SCS Group to produce ventilation and smoke control systems in new residential businesses. The business was very successful and Allan started to consider succession options. He considered trade sales and a Management Buy-Out but was concerned with … Continue reading

BMS Engineers Join the Team

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SCS are delighted to announce the addition of 2 new members of staff.  Both will be covering the London and South East areas as BMS commissioning engineers. Sean Brothers joins us with extensive experience in the BMS market having worked … Continue reading

Fire Risk Management

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The use of over engineered Smoke Control systems is called into question by Alan Meek Click here to download the article

Intelligent Building Management Systems

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Introduction to intelligent building management systems Modern buildings rely on a number of different systems in order to operate. A commercial office building, for example, will require lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, as well as IT, security controls and electrical … Continue reading

Recent Project Awards

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SCS Group has recently been awarded with 2 new and exciting office development projects.  The first one is the £60m headquarters of Admiral Insurance in the centre of Cardiff.   The project is now well underway to build the 11-storey building … Continue reading

Smoke Control Solutions Seminar, Sao Paolo, 28-29th May 2013

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SCS group are taking part in an international seminar on smoke control solutions in Sao Paolo on 28th and 29th May 2013.  Organised by Flakt Woods in partnership with Atric of Brazil, the seminar discusses the benefits of smoke removal … Continue reading

Launch of Priva Blue ID

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Always up for a road trip, the SCS team were very pleased to attend the launch of a brand new generation of BMS controls at the impressive Priva HQ in De Lier, Netherlands. The event was well attended by specialists … Continue reading

SCS Group become Trend Systems Integrator

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SCS Group are pleased to have recently been appointed as Systems Integrator for Trend, one of the world’s leading Building Energy Management Systems’ manufacturers.  The Trend product range can combine seamlessly with our fire and smoke control systems and the … Continue reading

Specialists Awards 2013 Winners Announced

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The 2013 Construction News Specialists Awards took place at the London Hilton, Park Lane, where over 600 of the UK’s leading specialist contractors and industry elite gathered to celebrate the excellent achievements the industry has witnessed over the past year. … Continue reading

SCS Group on track for success with Birmingham New Street controls contract

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SCS Group has been awarded the contract to supply control panels to the Gateway project, which will transform Birmingham’s New Street station to create a 21st century transport hub for Birmingham and the West Midlands. The Birmingham Gateway Project station (platform level) … Continue reading

SCS Group becomes Simon RWA Certified Partner

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SCS Group has been named “Certified Partner” by its German supplier of smoke ventilation equipment Simon RWA.  The company already had sole distribution rights in the UK which it has held since 2000, however this new status allows us to … Continue reading

Flexible new approach to smoke control

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WindowMaster’s David Brown said: “This flexible new system is ideal for controlling automated windows in a diverse range of buildings from schools right up to large shopping centres, sports halls or office buildings. Flexismoke™ has a number of features which … Continue reading

WindowMaster helps specifiers choose natural ventilation

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As one of only four WindowMaster preferred partners in the UK, SCS Group is delighted to announce the publication of a white paper setting out strategies for natural ventilation.  This can be downloaded from www.tiny.cc/NaturalVent WindowMaster’s Tom Lymn said: “Window actuators and … Continue reading

SCS Group Relocation

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This Friday 25th January SCS will be relocating its headquarters to Capital Business Park in Cardiff as part of its planned expansion into building energy management and automation, this follows the acquisition of local BMS specialist True Controls. The new location offers an … Continue reading

Shortlist for construction Oscars announced

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The finalists of the Construction News Specialists Awards have just been announced, with SCS Group featuring in two categories this year. In the Project Over £500k Award we are recognised for our work on the mammoth Westfield Stratford City, the … Continue reading

SCS Group joins top construction companies in The Building Good Employer Guide 2012

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The prestigious Building Good Employer Guide identifies and showcases the very best companies to work for in the construction industry based on key factors such as employee benefits, diversity and leadership. For the first time this year, SCS Group has been … Continue reading

Childs Hill Primary School

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SCS Group’s Involvement SCS Group was contracted to design and install a system to control the heating and ventilation in the Foundation Building and main kitchen area. This included the supply and installation of sensors to monitor temperature including weather … Continue reading

Ochre Yards

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SCS Group’s Solution Due to the internal layout of the common areas within the building and the travel distances exceeding the building regulations requirements, the solution was to provide mechanical extraction systems to the common access corridors. The system briefly … Continue reading

Charter Quay

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS were appointed by St. George West London under a direct contract to supply, install, commission and demonstrate the complete system. SCS were involved with several of the buildings in the Charter Quay complex. The smoke ventilation … Continue reading

CBX3

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group’s uniJet car park ventilation system was installed in the basement and our uniVent shaft system to the accommodation areas. The project team worked closely with the developer and M&E contractor to provide the best value … Continue reading

The Gateway

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SCS Group’s Solution A ventilation system was provided to the underground car park featuring 24 uniJet jet fans.

Victoria Wharf

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS installed its uniVent standard smoke shaft system throughout Victoria Wharf which resulted in a low cost, low maintenance solution with predictable final costs. There has not been a single variation to date on the project and … Continue reading

Hot Drape Former Upgrade

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SCS Group’s Solution Working to AIC’s detailed specification, SCS Group designed a new control system using a Siemens S7-300 PLC plus a number of ET200 stations linked on a Profibus network that provided all of the functionality of the existing … Continue reading

Crossharbour, Canary Wharf, London

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group was chosen to run the contract to supply and install control systems and provide a value engineered solution for Crossharbour. A combination of co-compliant natural and mechanical ventilation systems were supplied and installed by the … Continue reading

Landfill Site Water Treatment Plant

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group engineers designed a control system to automate all processes with the ability for remote monitoring and testing. Data logging and reporting on water quality is an important part of the system, which is also programmed … Continue reading

Cwmbran Magistrates Court

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SCS Group’s Solution The key challenge was to keep the busy court building operational during the refurbishment. As the project took place during December, it was crucial that heating be maintained at all times. In order to meet this objective, … Continue reading

Westfield Shopping Centre

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SCS Group’s Solution In just three weeks, 22 uniVent smoke shaft systems were installed into the building’s stair cores, ensuring that the centre could open on time and that millions of customers were safe in the knowledge they would be … Continue reading

Westfield Stratford City

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group installed a pollution and smoke ventilation system to the underground car park with more than 200 jet fans, and 12 extract systems for the above ground areas with a site wide control network that integrated … Continue reading

Caspian Wharf, Bow

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS project managed the installation of all 3 systems saving time and money for the client. The BMS included an energy centre controlling the plant in the development including gas boilers, pressure units, thermal stores, cold water … Continue reading

Williamstown Primary School, RCT

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group integrated the natural ventilation in the heart of the building onto the BEMS system which reduced the costs of the installation and increased the functionality and monitoring of the ventilation. SCS also installed an EnDat … Continue reading

Shenley Wood Retirement Village

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS project managed the installation of the integrated solution, offering a bespoke system capable of meeting the client’s needs whilst integrating the passive/smoke/BMS elements and saving on installation time and costs. The system designed, supplied and commissioned … Continue reading

City of Westminster College

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SCS Group’s Solution The risk of smoke spreading through the atrium presented a particular challenge and a bespoke mechanical smoke extract system was used to manage this risk. The SCS Group and HCD partnership ensured the system met the requirements … Continue reading

Greenwich Peninsula

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SCS Group’s Solution SCS Group designed and installed three mechanical smoke ventilation systems to two blocks and a natural ventilation system to a third. On all cores we incorporated a daily ventilation mode to the equipment to maintain comfortable temperatures … Continue reading

London 2012 Olympic Velodrome

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SCS Group’s Solution Although not the specified methodology, SCS Group suggested installing 4 vents into each 6 m x 3 m wall panel at the production facility. This saved both installation time and reduced the number of contractors required on … Continue reading

University of Sussex

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SCS Group’s Solution Automatic dampers control ventilation rates in the lecture rooms, 100 automatic actuators installed in high-level windows provide fresh air ventilation to the common areas and atrium. SCS Group also provided a large smoke control vent above the … Continue reading

Live Fire Demonstration at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

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Fläkt Woods, the leading global supplier of energy-efficient air solutions, recently held a series of seminars on smoke control products featuring a spectacular live demonstration of a domestic fire, in a specially constructed glass walled truck containing a fully furnished … Continue reading

SCS Group acquires True Controls

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True Controls, the Cardiff based building energy management contractor, has become part of the SCS Group, the national building automation and fire engineering specialist. True Controls has a strong presence in South Wales where they have been active in providing … Continue reading

SCS Group becomes Siemens solution partner

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SCS Group has become a Siemens solution partner in the fields of automation and drives. The Siemens Solution Partner Programme aims to deliver a top quality service that adds value, giving customers a unique competitive edge. SCS Group MD Allan … Continue reading

SCS Group solution ensures comfort of Shenley Wood residents

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SCS Group has completed work on Shenley Wood, a stunning new retirement village in Milton Keynes with 300 purchase, part-purchase and rental homes within an inspirational community setting. Facilities include over 18 health and leisure facilities, on-site care and a … Continue reading

Building technical awards put SCS Group engineers in control

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SCS Group is pleased to announce that eight of its engineers have been awarded the leading accreditation for building services specialists working with integrated BMS and control systems. They were awarded the Building Controls Technical Certificate from the ECA and … Continue reading

£100,000 debt investment from Finance Wales puts SCS Group in control of its expansion

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Saving energy costs is high on most companies’ agenda these days and a Caerphilly-based energy management specialist is set to expand thanks to growing demand for its systems and services.   A £100,000 debt investment from Finance Wales will fund … Continue reading

SCS Group retains Investors In People Status

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SCS Group has been successfully reaccredited with the Investors in People standard. SCS Group was first accredited with the Investors in People (IiP) standard in 1999 and has now held IiP accreditation for 13 years. Launched in 1991, Investors in … Continue reading

One New Change shortlisted for CIBSE award

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We are pleased to announce that one of our projects, retail development One New Change in the City of London, has been shortlisted for a prestigious CIBSE award. The CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) Building Performance Awards recognise, … Continue reading

Introducing the new improved generation of folding arm

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We are delighted to introduce our new, improved folding arm. Precision-designed in response to customer demand and new legislation, our new actuator offers improved performance, durability and flexibility. Benefits to you include: – Opens in under 60 seconds and enables opening … Continue reading

Windowmaster partnership boosts integrated building services approach for SCS Group

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Leading building services specialist SCS Group has become a certified partner of Windowmaster, Europe’s leading supplier of sustainable indoor climate solutions based on natural ventilation through controlled openings in facades and roofs. The partnership brings together Windowmaster’s market-leading product range … Continue reading

SCS Group raises £4000 to help sick children

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Leading building services specialist SCS Group has raised over £4000 for premature and sick babies. On 3rd September the firm took part in the Race the Sun challenge to raise funds for Action for Children, starting a gruelling athletic challenge … Continue reading

SCS Group achieves top electrical industry accreditation

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Leading building services specialist SCS Group has achieved prestigious Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) accreditation, demonstrating that the firm delivers work of the highest quality with a team of technically-vetted engineers. Founded over 100 years ago, the ECA is the UK’s … Continue reading

SCS Group to race the sun to help sick children

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On 3rd September SCS Group will be taking part in the Race the Sun challenge to raise funds for Action for Children. Teams start the challenge at sunrise and attempt to finish by sunset, so are quite literally racing the … Continue reading

SCS Group offers advanced BMS integration with new partnership

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Leading building services specialist SCS Group has become a preferred partner to Priva Building Intelligence Ltd, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of building control systems. SCS Group has become one of a select group of companies in the UK … Continue reading

Smoke control system installed at £100m Westminster college

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This article was published in Info4Fire on 20th September 2010   The ventilation provider, which was awarded the £130,000 contract by Rotary Southern, has installed a smoke control system at the college – due for completion in December 2010. The … Continue reading

Fire Risk Management feature: Integration of smoke control solutions

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Integration of smoke control solutions This article was published in the September edition of Fire Risk Management. Imagine… Imagine a future where all services in a building communicate seamlessly by working together through one system. A management system, upon detecting … Continue reading

SCS Group expands into the midlands

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Building services specialist SCS Group is expanding its operations with the opening of a new Birmingham office to support its commitment to working with mechanical and electrical contractors in the midlands. The firm, one of the UK’s leading providers of … Continue reading

Electrical Contracting News meets MD Allan Meek

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How do you view the electrical contracting industry at the moment? The industry is currently highly price-driven and in general there is a noticeable shortage of work compared with even two years ago. We seem to have returned to the … Continue reading

SCS Group opens new central London office

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Building services specialist SCS Group has opened a new office in central London to support the ongoing growth of its south east division and its long-term commitment to working with mechanical and electrical contractors based in and around the capital. … Continue reading

SCS Group scoops Construction News specialist award

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The SCS Group has scooped a prestigious Construction News specialist award, which celebrate the finest specialist contractors in the UK. The firm, which supplies mechanical and electrical contractors with smoke control, ventilation and BMS solutions for residential, commercial, retail, educational … Continue reading

SCS Group bright sparks shortlisted for top construction award

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The SCS Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of ventilation, building management and smoke control solutions, has been shortlisted for a top national construction award for its fire protection expertise. The firm, which supplies mechanical and electrical contractors with … Continue reading

SCS Group carries out £120k bank job

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The SCS Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of ventilation, building management and smoke control solutions, has completed work on a new passive ventilation system at the UK headquarter of the Bank of America (BofA). The Caerphilly-based building services … Continue reading

New guide aims to help M&E contractors cut costs

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The SCS Group has launched a guide to help M&E contractors reduce costs by streamlining supply chains. The guide marks the first time the SCS Group has brought together its building management, passive ventilation and smoke control product ranges into one … Continue reading

SCS’s MD heads for Everest

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An industry leader is swapping the boardroom for the highest mountain on earth to raise funds for disadvantaged children. And kind-hearted Allan Meek, 48, of Cardiff, is not only aiming to raise £10,000 for children’s charity Barnardo’s through the trek, … Continue reading

Construction News 10/07/2008

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No Need for Bespoke Smoke Contro – Alan Meek talks to Construction News about the trends for fire-engineered smoke extraction in apartment block. Click here to read the full story

SCS Group Caerphilly Campaign

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SCS Group win the Wales Quality Award! Run by the Wales Quality Centre (WQC) the Award is based on the internationally respected European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model, one of the world’s most rigorous frameworks for measuring the … Continue reading

Contract Journals

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Alan Meek talks to Contract Journal on 17th September 2008 Click here to see the full article Rob Davies, Project Manager with Contract Journal on 21st May Click here to see the full article

Housing Active

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Luxury shopping is blown away by state-of-the-art fire protection Click here to read the full article

Article from Housing Association & Maintanence

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Fire Protection and Security Feature with Allan Meek Click here to read Page 1 Click here to read Page 2

SCS Group completes work on new-look £22m London Transport Museum

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The SCS Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of ventilation, building management and smoke control solutions, has completed work on the revamped multi-million pound London Transport Museum, based in Covent Garden. The firm won the £70,000 contract awarded by … Continue reading

Building Engineer September 2008

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Simplicity is key for Safety, article from Alan Meek Managing Director of SCS Group. Click here to download article

Article for HVP

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Heating Ventilation & Plumbing article with Allan Meek Click here to read the full article

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Firm Helps Youngsters enjoy the World of Art Click here to read article

SCS Group unveils new building services force

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Building Safety Simply A new force in the building services market is being launched by the SCS Group, which is bringing together its smoke control, passive ventilation, control and automation and consultancy divisions with the aim of making projects easier … Continue reading

SCS Group wins £340k Wembley City contract

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The SCS Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of ventilation and building management systems and smoke control solutions, has been awarded a £340k contract for work on the new Wembley City development. Wembley City is a high profile 85-acre … Continue reading

Car Park Expert Lee Hewings Commended for Industry Knowledge

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SCS Group’s Lee Hewings has been highly commended by The British Car Parking Association for his advanced car park knowledge.SCS Group’s Lee Hewings has been highly commended by The British Car Parking Association for his advanced car park knowledge. SCS … Continue reading

SCS Group Secures Landmark £1m Canary Wharf

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SCS Group a Leading fire safety specialist is to provide its sophisticated smoke control systems to a prestigious Canary Wharf residential development after securing a £1m contract from international construction firm Ballymore. SCS Group has been appointed as preferred supplier to the … Continue reading