A leading MEP specialist has called for developers and designers to integrate MEP earlier in the process, claiming that mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure can play a more significant role than most developers realise.
“Although not overlooked, many projects would benefit from involving MEP contractors earlier in the process,” explained Drake & Scull International (DSI) GM and director of MEP Charles Lever.
“Not only can we help with the cost balance during design, but there is also a huge environmental impact, as well as the influence that MEP has over long-term costs and maintenance.”
However, lever claimed that MEP went even further than this and was an especially important consideration for buildings with specialist purposes, with good MEP relating to the occupants.
“Think in terms of light, temperature…in hospitals, MEP quality has actually been proven to aid the healing process; in offices, on the other hand, it can create a more efficient workforce.”