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which helps create electricity and heat onsite to reduce grid dependency. Technology also came in handy with the use of 3-D modelling for both buildings. “Even when you have blueprints and drawings, the electrician may install it differently. With the 3-D modelling, however, a simple change wrecks everything else, as the model is very accurate,” Steven said. “It is a great way to ensure precision throughout the install.” Dream team The human factor also played a major role in the project’s success. The development involved about 15 sub- contractors, which were chosen based on quality, cost-benefit, and the ability to deliver such a large-scale project on time. With so many companies and people involved, Steven highlighted good working relationships and effective communication as the key components

to make everything work on-site. “We have been on both sides of the fence, and communication is crucial,” he stated. “We worked closely with the project teams, meetings were held every two days to ensure all stakeholders were kept updated at times.” We also had daily meetings with the project managers and contractors on-site. This project was completed on time and within budget due to the onsite communication between all parties.” Stunning result In its 37 years of history, AEM has worked on many similar projects to The Ewart building, and Steven has been with the company for 20 years, but the development was also an example that lessons can still be learned. “Today I wish we had got to the site earlier, before any work had started, from a planning point of view,” he explained.

This has already been considered for the company’s next project, in yet another historical building: the refurbishment of the Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast. Steven couldn’t be more satisfied with the result of the development. “Growing up, I remember seeing The Ewart looking derelict and now, having worked on it and seeing it all changed, I am very proud of it,” he commented. “When you see it all lit up, and the building coming alive, it is absolutely stunning.” Antrim Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Ltd was established in 1985 and is ranked as one of Ireland’s foremost electrical and mechanical building services and facility management contractors. AEM Ltd has built its foundation upon innovation, dedication, and potential clients within the private and public sectors. The company’s main objective is to strive to be the best within this competitive industry.

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