Birmingham firm moves into new areas

JS Wright appoints first prefabrications manager.

Birmingham-based mechanical and electrical services specialist JS Wright has bolstered its move into offsite construction after appointing its first prefabrications manager.

Roy Stevens will manage the 128-year-old Aston company’s new prefabrications unit which produces fully loaded heat interface unit backboards for UK-wide apartment schemes in a new warehouse facility in Digbeth.

With more than 25 years’ experience in building services including the past 12 years in building services, facilities management and in production assembly, Roy will manage site contract requirements for HIU assemblies as well as plan the development of other prefabrication models for the Portland Street company.

Roy, who lives in Solihull, was previously the building services manager for a Midland-based financial institute where he was responsible for overhauling and updating its HQ and UK-wide offices, and before that UK facilities manager for electronics giant Fujitsu Telecommunications where his role included contract management and managing building acquisitions and disposals.

As well as having HNC engineering qualifications, Roy has a degree in Business Studies from Birmingham Polytechnic and a teaching certificate in Education from South Birmingham College. He was also a BSI certified auditor.

Marcus Aniol, Managing Director of JS Wright, which also has offices in Bristol and London, said: “Roy’s experience will prove invaluable in managing a unit that adds an exciting new dimension to our capacity to deliver mechanical and electrical services to the highest building and environmental standards for leading developers of multi-occupancy schemes.”

The prefab unit will enable JS Wright to reduce work time on site, with fewer trades required, by producing HIU assemblies of consistent high quality that can be shipped direct for installation within individual apartments for the delivery of carbon saving heating and domestic hot water from central plant rooms.

The company is already installing HIU assemblies from the unit at its biggest work sites including Mount Anvil’s 595-home high-rise Keybridge development and Hill’s 580-apartment canalside scheme at Fish Island Village in London.

Roy Stevens commented: “Our prefabrications unit will ensure that we continue to provide top-quality installations but with fewer trades required on site and fewer man-hours required to complete projects. We are already assembling and pre-testing HIU boards under clean dust-free conditions to meet demand over the next six months.”