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THE HIGHEST STANDARDS MERCURY IS A PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANY, FORMED IN 1972, THAT HAS ITS HEADQUARTERS IN DUBLIN, A UK OFFICE IN GLASGOW AND OFFICES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

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arge construction projects generally make some sort of impression on the local area where they’re built. In the case of the South Glasgow Hospital Campus, where Mercury Engineering is the mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor in partnership with main contractor Brookfield Multiplex, the aim is to make that impression more long-lasting than most. “When we finish and move on in a year and a half, we will leave a legacy behind of people we have trained and set up to work in the area,” remarks Electrical Project Manager John Fox. The South Glasgow Hospital Campus is a new hospital complex being constructed in the grounds of the existing Southern General

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Hospital. The project is the largest construction site in Europe and is the largest hospital ever built in Scotland, with over 2,000 operatives on site at any time. Mercury Engineering is the biggest contractor, employing around 700 of those operatives, either on a full-time staff or sub-contractor basis in a contract worth £180 million and due to last fifty months. The contract is being undertaken in the Govern area of Glasgow where unemployment is relatively high. So one of the key aims of the project, as John recounts, is to help alleviate that situation: “We engaged with the jobs creator, Jobs and Business Glasgow, to provide as many jobs as we possibly could for the long-term unemployed in the Glasgow area. We also have a very close tie in with SECTT, which is the body that manages and operates schemes for both apprentice and adult training. We

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BUILDING SERVICES: MERCURY ENGINEERING UK have provided somewhere in the region of forty apprenticeships on-site, electrical and plumbing, for people who have been started specifically for the project. “Some people will finish their time here and others will move on to other projects. We have taken on about nineteen adult trainees, predominantly adults that have some experience in the electrical industry working in a semi-skilled fashion. We put them through a three year training course and, at the end of that period, they come out as qualified electricians.” APPRENTICESHIP COMMITMENT Mercury has always believed in employing a large number of apprentices and has a big commitment to the apprenticeship principle. But this special focus for the particular project aimed to provide additional benefits specifically to the local community and was written into the contract. The job targets were set by Jobs and Business Glasgow but, according to John, Mercury “took that on and stretched the boundaries” and, as a result, it exceeded those targets. The company’s commitment to improving local employment led to success with one apprentice in particular. “Steven Simpson was an apprentice who we took on after he was made redundant by a previous company where he had an apprenticeship but which went into liquidation,” recalls John. “I was contacted by the local SECTT Training Officer to see if we could do anything for him. At interview, he seemed very keen so we gave him an offer of employment,

Scottish apprentice awards: Anne Galbraith SECTT Chief Executive, Stephen Simpson Mercury Engineering 2nd year electrical apprentice of the year & John Fox Mercury Engineering, electrical project manager for the New South Glasgow Hospital

MERCURY HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED IN EMPLOYING A LARGE NUMBER OF APPRENTICES AND HAS A BIG COMMITMENT TO THE APPRENTICESHIP PRINCIPLE

Scottish apprentice awards. From left to right: Robbie O’Donovan (Mercury Senior Project Manager; Scott Laing and Stephen Simpson; and John Fox (Mercury Project Manager

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BUILDING SERVICES: MERCURY ENGINEERING UK which he took up, and he worked extremely well through his time here. He was at Ayrshire College and he won the West of Scotland Apprentice of the Year regional competition, which gave him entry through to the All Scottish Apprentice of the Year Award and he won that one as well. Now he’s able to go forward for the UK Skills Award.” Mercury’s involvement at the South Glasgow Hospital Campus continues its practice of working in a variety of sectors that include nuclear, petrochemical, data centres and pharmaceuticals as well as healthcare. These all provide different challenges that, according to John, the company is well able to meet: “We have a diverse workforce where we have people who will specialise in healthcare and some who specialise in data centres. We also have a core of people who are capable of moving across the businesses and will work on any given construction site so we cover the full spectrum of the industry.” SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT The work typically extends to providing all the switch gear, power cabling and the physical parts of the installation in a data centre but then using a specialist for the data cabling. The same principle applies in hospitals, where Mercury deals with all the cabling and controls but suppliers will install their own specialist equipment, make the final connection and handle the commissioning. John explains: “If a CT scanner is being installed, we will do all the work and provide everything up to the scanner, then the specialist will fit the equipment, do the final hook ups and run the scanner to make sure it’s doing what it’s supposed to do.

“We work in conjunction with the specialist, finding out exactly what they need and taking the job to a point where they do the final hook up and commission the specialist equipment. Mercury will install and commission all the water services, heating services, the high voltage system, low voltage systems for the fire alarms and data. We will take that to a completion and provide completion certificates but, on the back of that, we have specialist vendors for x-ray, CT scanners and operating CONTINUED ON PAGE 96 4

MERCURY’S INVOLVEMENT AT THE SOUTH GLASGOW HOSPITAL CAMPUS CONTINUES ITS PRACTICE OF WORKING IN A VARIETY OF SECTORS

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NEW SOUTH GLASGOW HOSPITAL CAMPUS The project will expand and upgrade the existing maternity hospital and develop new regional adult and children’s hospitals plus supporting facilities. It will be the largest and most advanced single NHS development in the UK and will create one of the largest hospital complexes in Europe at a total cost of £842 million. The outline business case was approved by the Scottish Government in May 2008 and was followed by contract award to Brookfield Multiplex in November 2009 and approval of the full business case at the end of 2010. Work commenced on the new laboratory and facilities management building in the first quarter of 2010 with the construction of the new adult and children’s hospital starting one year later. The refurbished maternity unit opened in 2010, the laboratory and facilities management building was completed in March 2012 while the new hospitals are due for completion in the first quarter of 2015 and should be operational in the summer of that year. The aim is to provide a gold standard of healthcare from the single site, which will have the biggest critical care complex and one of the biggest emergency departments in Scotland. The new adult hospital will provide 1,109 beds in single room, en suite accommodation over fourteen floors plus emergency, acute receiving, critical care, thirty operating theatres and diagnostic services. The separate children’s hospital replaces the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and will provide 256 beds in four-bedded and single-bedded accommodation over five floors plus specialist services that include cardiology and cardiac surgery, renal and bone marrow transplantation. There’s a part-covered roof garden for outdoor activities, including a stage for theatrical productions. The refurbished maternity unit has world-class facilities that include a new foetal medicine department providing specialist diagnostic facilities and treatment to unborn babies from across Scotland. It will be linked to the new adult and children’s hospitals via a walkway bridge. The laboratory accommodates blood sciences, pathology, genetics, microbiology, post-mortem and mortuary services while the facilities management facility supplies the FM management hub for the campus. They are linked to the adult and children’s hospitals by an underground tunnel that will provide a route for automated guided vehicles to deliver supplies and remove waste.

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theatre equipment so they take over and do the final commissioning.” There’s an increasingly heavy involvement in environmental and energy issues, with Mercury currently working on a thermal power station in Runcorn where waste from the local area is converted to energy that goes into the National Grid. In common with other work, that covers the installation of cabling and controls for connection to the specialist equipment. EMPLOYEE WELFARE For all types of work, however, health and safety takes a major role in keeping with a company

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where, as on the South Glasgow Hospital Campus project, the welfare of employees has priority. It extends to having full-time health and safety advisors on site under the control of a health and safety manager and working closely with the main contractor that has its own team. On a big site such as the South Glasgow Hospital Campus, there are around ten full-time health and safety advisors, who provide and enforce the procedures and safe systems for the operatives to work with. That covers both the company’s own workforce as well as sub-contractors, who are fully vetted through its approved vendor system. “They have to

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BUILDING SERVICES: MERCURY ENGINEERING UK demonstrate their health and safety ability, their history and that they are a safe working company,” comments John. “No matter what their financial costs or how cheaply they say they can do the job, health and safety is king and if they are not deemed a safe company, they won’t work for Mercury.”

EMPLOYMENT PARTNERS SCOTTISH ELECTRICAL CHARITABLE TRAINING TRUST (SECTT) SECTT was established in 1990 to run the Scottish Joint Industry Board training schemes. They regulate the entry conditions of service, training and education of all persons in the electrical contracting industry, with a particular focus on apprenticeships. It was set up and is partly managed by SELECT, Scotland’s trade association for the electrical industry, and union Unite. SECTT manages the apprentices through their training until they become fully qualified electricians. Jobs & Business Glasgow Previously Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency, this arms length external organisation for Glasgow City Council aims to help Glasgow residents into employment and training. It does this by equipping them with the skills that employers value so they’re more competitive in the jobs market and it also helps increase the number of starts ups and their resilience to create more jobs. The organisation has so far created thousands of opportunities and is one of those helping to deliver the council’s £25 million Glasgow Guarantee. This aims to make sure all Glaswegians between 16 and 24 have access to a job, training or an apprenticeship.

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MERCURY ENGINEERING Mercury is a privately owned company, formed in 1972, that has its headquarters in Dublin, a UK office in Glasgow and offices in central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Annual revenues exceed €450 million and the company delivers mainly mechanical and electrical services plus fire protection, facilities management, interior fit-outs, maintenance and IT services across a wide range of sectors that include oil and gas, data centres, commercial, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. The company’s market-leading position in engineering solutions is built on a policy of employing the best people, investing heavily in their training and education, and ensuring the highest standards of health, safety and governance are applied throughout the organisation. It also uses state of the art IT systems so it can efficiently manage its projects. Added to that is a procurement team that sources the best quality and most suitable materials and equipment from worldwide suppliers to ensure every job is tailored to the

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needs of clients, cost-effective and delivered in a timely fashion. COMPANY VALUES Mercury’s 2,000 plus skilled and professional employees in the UK are at the centre of its success and so the company places great emphasis on their health, well-being and the furtherance of their careers. Safety is prioritised and is based on the involvement of everyone so they can contribute ideas and feedback. High professional standards are set and there’s a commitment to be the best, with a constant investment in technology and working practices to ensure quality in construction and continued success. Central to Mercury’s values is an investment in training to deliver well-trained and knowledgeable employees. The company provides a considerable

number of apprenticeships and adult training as well as graduate and management development programmes. It’s spent four consecutive years in the list of the top 100 companies graduates want to work for, provides mentoring and executive coaching programmes for all levels of employees and runs an annual awards scheme that covers apprentice of the year in various categories, safety and quality, productivity and the newcomer making the greatest impact.l The company holds ISO 9001 and 14001, is audited bi-annually and accredited by external quality systems auditor BM TRADA. It has been awarded its fifth Achilles supplier certificate and passed all required phases with high recommendation and scores of 90.6% for health and safety, 93.8% for environmental and 90.1% for quality assurance.

CENTRAL TO MERCURY’S VALUES IS AN INVESTMENT IN TRAINING TO DELIVER WELL-TRAINED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE EMPLOYEES

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Mercury’s safety record has shown considerable improvement over recent years. The number of lost work day cases fell from 44 in 2007 to five in 2011, the number of cases with medical treatment only reduced from 39 to ten and there were no fatalities over the period. OTHER PROJECTS A £41 million contract at the Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, lasted thirty months and provided full M&E services for the 312-bed hospital plus A&E, theatres and other departments. The project also included the provision of a biomass CHP plant and full electrical backup in the form of generators and UPS/IPS. Primark in Lincoln was a £2.5 million, threemonth contract to design, supply and install lighting, general services, fire alarms, telephone and data, public address systems, generator, UPS, intruder and panic alarms, access control and CCTV systems.

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The contract also included power supplies to lifts, roller doors and mechanical systems. Forest Hill Pool in London involved the design and build of M&E services for the learner and adult pools, fitness studio and offices. The project was delivered to a BREEAM very good rating due to the use of good build fabrics, a CHP plant, rainwater harvesting and grey water for the WCs and gardening use. Dublin Airport’s new Terminal 2 and Pier E will provide a 21st Century gateway to Ireland. Mercury was contracted to install complete M&E, fire protection and technology services in a contract lasting 28 months and worth £90 million. A £56 million contract in Croydon for a full turnkey system posed many challenges due to the facility being built on a landfill site and requiring underpinning prior to internal fit-out. The site was also close to housing so there were tight planning criteria relating to noise levels, both during construction and afterwards.

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BUILDING SERVICES: MERCURY ENGINEERING UK A project in Woking involved a complete turnkey package for seventeen data halls, 200,000 square feet of technical space and 20,000 square feet of office space. It ran for thirty months and had a contract value of £96 million. Mercury has undertaken the full electrical installation for an anaerobic digestion facility in Cumbernauld as well as providing M&E and fire protection for a thermal energy plant in Runcorn. A £78 million contract for a green energy centre in Birmingham requires the company to carry out full EPCO duties for a district heating system to distribute energy around a manufacturing site. The Corrib Field is a gas field located 60-65 kilometres off the County Mayo coast. It is being developed by Shell and Mercury is installing full M&E and instrumentation services to the new onshore terminal in a forty-month contract worth £111 million www.mercuryeng.com Tel: 0141 2040333

THE COMPANY’S MARKET-LEADING POSITION IN ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS IS BUILT ON A POLICY OF EMPLOYING THE BEST PEOPLE AND INVESTING HEAVILY IN THEIR TRAINING AND EDUCATION

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