The Ford Technical and Development Centre at Basildon now boasts a top of the range canteen and kitchen facilities for its 3000 staff after a 12-month project with AMD Environmental supplying mechanical and electrical engineering services.

AMD Environmental was contracted by Wates Smartspace to provide to deliver the £3.5 million contract.

AMD worked with the client to design the fit-out of the facilities which included new roof mounted air handling units to provide heat and comfort cooling to the restaurant and kitchens. In addition, new architectural lighting was installed and emergency lighting is via a new lighting control system, and new switchgear and distribution boards provide power. A brand new commercial kitchen, including extract system and servery equipment were supplied with power, gas and water. Finally, the existing sprinkler system was modified and extended to suit the new layouts, and a new PA and fire alarm system was installed.

Senior contracts manager, Gareth Evans, said: “We have worked with Wates on many projects over the last 6 years, and have formed a very strong relationship with them. This has grown considerably over the last few years as we have undertaken bigger and bigger projects. The Ford Dunton project showcases our ability to design and deliver an end product which the client is proud of and will stand the test of time, both cosmetically and in terms of sustainability.”

He continued: “The project involved finding challenging engineering solutions to accommodate existing site conditions without compromising the client’s vision. AMD views collaboration with our clients as crucial – we work closely with our partners at other companies, including designers, internal project managers and the Wates team to ensure the best possible solution is sought out for the client.”

Andrew Mansell, Senior Building Services Manager, Wates, commented: “We have a longstanding and trusted mechanical and electrical partnership with AMD Environmental. Their teams always step up to the mark, providing top class solutions and a high quality service. This Ford project was no exception. We know that when we work with them the job will be completed to the highest standards, and any challenges overcome. I look forward to working with the team on future projects.”