The Royal Borough of Greenwich


136 acres


1,000 new homes


EMS (UK) Ltd


Discreet CCTV monitoring and alarm systems around the site to deter theft.

This multi-phase development by property developer Berkeley Homes is located in one of London’s most popular locations in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It will comprise four neighbourhoods of mixed-use blocks, to be integrated into a single community. When complete, the development will provide 136 acres of open space and around 1,000 new homes built over five years.

The construction phase began in November 2009 and is ongoing. Temporary construction services provider EMS won a contract to supply temporary electrical, heating, plumbing, and security solutions across the site.

Working in cold conditions is a possibility, not a problem

Significant parts of the program were scheduled for execution during the colder months of the year, and the building contractor wanted to ensure that site operatives and the plant could function at optimal levels. The value of building materials and plants, including machinery, left on site overnight posed potential security problems.

Through their early involvement in the project, the experienced and professional design team at EMS supplied a tailored pipework system that incorporated trace heating to deliver a frost-free environment for the site’s plumbing.
EMS also installed temporary managed clean water for the site and staff welfare. The plumbing solution EMS provided included a combination of decanting wastewater to an existing drainage network and pumping it into designated disposal units.
The design team at EMS utilized their expert interpretation of site logistics to place strategic, covert, and discreet CCTV monitoring and alarm systems around the site to deter theft.

A little preparation goes a long way

The installation of trace heating solutions by EMS enabled the contractor to carry out the program more efficiently during the winter months with no disruption to their schedule. Additionally, the strict security system on site eliminated downtime lost by replacing missing plants and materials. This project ran to schedule with manageable costs realized from implementing the expert scalable solutions EMS provided.