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Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year growth plan in UK and Ireland

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NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists

Newtownabbey-based M&E services company, Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland renewable energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the companies say will transform the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland and act as a springboard for further expansion into the multi-million pound UK and Ireland renewable energy markets.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

With a turnover of £30 million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group has over 30 years experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and ROI, including Pharmaceutical/Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and Norah-Anne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then the company has grown to achieve a turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff operating from its Nutts Corner premises.

As a result of the deal, Solmatix will continue to operate as an autonomous and independent company within Harvey Group.

Brian Harvey, managing director of Harvey Group, said there was a perfect fit between the two organisations.

We have been planning to grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on a number of contracts, we had always been impressed with their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey Group gives us a level of expertise that would have taken us years to acquire otherwise.

Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesy and consideration.┬Ø

Richard Bell, the founder and managing director of Solmatix Renewables described the acquisition as great news for Solmatix, its customers, suppliers and staff.

In many respects, it's a case of "˜business as usual". However, in real terms, being part of this larger organisation will give us access to enhanced technical skills, financial resources and purchasing power. Ultimately I believe this will lead to greater growth and investment within our operations, as well as more jobs and job security. It's a win-win relationship that's good for our whole organisation, as well as the economy of Northern Ireland."

Harvey Group Background:

Harvey Group began life as Harvey Heating Limited and was formed by Brian Harvey in 1978 with a focus on co-operation, innovation, quality, safety, attention to detail and value for money for his customers in both domestic and commercial HVAC premises.

In 1985 Harvey Heating changed its name to Harvey Group Plc reflecting the ability to provide a one stop M&E Installation and Maintenance Facility.

Independently British Standard certified Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Management Systems have been in place since 1993 with Investors in People following in 2000 reflecting our commitment to our greatest asset our workforce.

Harvey Group has been delivering M&E services for over 30 years. We enjoy a sound reputation for delivering our projects on time, on budget, safely, to a first-class finish and commissioned thoroughly.

We have considerable experience in the complex servicing of Pharmaceutical / Production Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Government buildings and other complex, fast track, demanding building services projects throughout Northern Ireland.

From a sustainability perspective, we have embraced and actively promote the minimisation of energy consumption and associated carbon emissions in the systems we design develop, install, commission and maintain ensuring that our clients can take balanced decisions on a life cycle, rather than the traditional pure capital cost basis.

Harvey Group awarded M&E Contract for CastleCourt Shopping Centre

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28 years later, CastleCourt calls on Harvey Group's M &E expertise ....again!

Harvey Group have been successful in securing a multi-million pound contract for the entire refit and refurbishment of the M&E Services in the administrative suite at CastleCourt Shopping Centre. What makes the job particularly poignant is that Harvey Group will effectively be upgrading their own work - they undertook some of the original fit out of the CastleCourt offices when the centre first opened, back in 1988.

Commenting on their award of the new contract, Harvey Group Commercial Manager, Ryan McLernon said, "Naturally we're delighted to secure this prestigious project in the face of stiff competition. It's the sort of high end scheme at which we excel. It says a lot for the quality of our original workmanship and the materials used that our 1988 fit out has lasted almost thirty years. It's great to be able to build upon our own craftsmanship and bring this office suite firmly into the 21st century."

The £3.5 million contract commenced on site January 2015 and is set for completion in June 2016. Operations Director, Herbie Watterson, explains the details of the project and challenges his team faces. "The purpose of the project is to provide new, modern open plan office accommodation over the second, third, and fifth floors at the CastleCourt complex. During the initial 12 week design development phase prior to construction, we have worked closely with main contractors, O'Hare McGovern and M&E Consultants, Beattie Flanigan with the aim of developing the Mechanical and Electrical design to installation stage. Some of our works include a new Gas Fired VRF and fresh air system, complete new BEMS system with integration to existing and New Public Address, Information Technology, Small Power, Lighting and Fire Alarm systems."

"The biggest challenge throughout will be to allow the CastleCourt staff to maintain their continuity of work, while our strip out and refurbishment is taking place. However we're very experienced at working to tight schedules and our team has the flexibility to adapt to our client's requirements. I'm confident there will be an absolute minimum of disruption."

It is a view that is shared by the O'Hare McGovern team, as Managing Director, Eamon O'Hare, confirms. "Harvey Group installed the domestic services in the original CastleCourt Offices and we are confident that they will provide a first class service for us now, just as they did back in 1988."

Harvey Group turnover tops £20m

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Insider Media has published an article on the continued success of Harvey Group.

Turnover has almost doubled at a mechanical and electrical services company which has worked on the likes of Belfast City Hospital, The Titanic Quarter and Queen's University to more than £20m.

Newtownabbey-based Harvey Group reported turnover of £20.4m for the year to 31 August 2014 compared to £12.2m for the same period the year before.

Pre-tax profit also jumped from £141,667 to £464,273.

The company, which employed a workforce of 66 at the year-end, attributed its large turnover increase to negotiating a number of deals at the end of the previous year which were then carried out during 2014.

Writing in the financial report, financial controller Gareth Booth said forecasts for the current year show a further increase in turnover "in excess of £30m" as a result of continued market growth.

"The markets within which the company operates continue to be challenging ones, and in particular, future plans may at times be subject to factors outside the company's control," he said.

"Notwithstanding this, the directors' expectations are that the company's financial performance will continue to be satisfactory for the foreseeable future upon review of current forecasts."

Harvey Group's portfolio includes work on a number of prominent Northern Ireland properties including Belfast Metropolitan, Lisburn Bus Station and Ards Shopping Centre on which it carries out mechanical and engineering services.

In October last year the company was awarded the contract for the mechanical and electrical services at the new £30m conference facility at Belfast Waterfront Hall.

Brian Harvey, managing director of Harvey Group, said: "Having played a major role in the original Waterfront Hall complex back in 1996, we are delighted to have been chosen to provide the mechanical and electrical services for the new conference facilities.

"The Belfast Waterfront Hall is an iconic project, instantly recognisable as a landmark of our city. We are proud to be given this further opportunity to work on this beautiful building."

University of Ulster CIBSE Prize Giving

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The Annual Prize giving for CIBSE took place on Thursday 27th November in the University of Ulster Jordanstown.

The Event is to help to promote and encourage Students within the Building Services Industry.

Harvey Group have been CIBSE Patrons since the Early 1990s and have sponsored the award for “Best M Eng. Student” for over 15 Years.

Ryan McLernon presents Harvey Group prize for “Best M Eng. Building Services” student at Ulster University on Thursday 27th November 2014.

“Hearty” Welcome for Harvey’s at Hallam University

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Harvey Group congratulated on the Completion of Prestigious Sheffield Hallam University “Heart of the Campus” Project

Harvey Group are pleased to share that they have successfully completed Sheffield Hallam Heart of the Campus, to the satisfaction of the University and the Main Contractor.

The project cost approx £4million M&E and ran from July 2013 to November 2014. Harvey's team included Sam Glass, Geoffrey Stewart, Irvin Austin & Ryan McLernon. Harvey's employed DSSR Harrogate as their designers, the partner responsible was Matthew Day.

Harvey Group were responsible for developing the design from stage D to Handover. In the process of the design development, Harvey's successfully increased the energy sourced from renewables from 5% to 15%. The overall energy required for the building was reduced by introducing LED Lighting. Ground Source Heat Pump Technology was used to contribute to the heating and cooling loads. Considerable effort was put into achieving a higher standard of architectural features, aesthetics, in complimenting a state of the art Audio Visual System. Other Features included Rainwater Harvesting Scheme, Multiservice beams and Variable Volume Ventilated System.

Our Client, Graham Construction, Project Director; Keith Patrick said:

“Can I congratulate your company and especially your site team for excellent work done and effort put into achieving successful and on time handover”.

“The client is delighted with their new building and proactive, positive and collaborative approach taken by Harvey's played a huge factor in this achievement”

Harvey Group were founded in 1978 and currently provide employment for over 70 people in the installation and maintenance of Mechanical and Electrical services throughout the UK. Some of our recent projects include the Titanic Building, Ravenhill Stadium (Kingspan Stadium), Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and Belfast Metropolitan College. Currently we are working on the new QUB Centre for Experimental Medicine and the new Waterfront Hall Conference Centre each of which have M&E Services Value of Approx £10m.

Harvey Group was awarded the Action Renewables Association Award for Best Energy Saving SME in April 2014 and a “Green Apple Award” in 2014 for Office Energy Reduction.

PV System grows from 20kW to 50kW

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A 20Kw Photovoltaic array was installed at our Headquarters back in October 2013.

In the 1st Year we generated a total of 14,500kwh, which reduced our CO2 emissions by 7.5 tonnes. This is equivalent to 45 Double Decker Buses taken off the road.

Since then we have added an additional 30kw Photovoltaic array, this brings the total capacity to 50Kw.

In Addition Harvey Group have installed a new 90kw Biomass Boiler which will operate under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme for the next 20 years.

Harvey Group awarded contract for new £30m Waterfront Conference Facility

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Harvey Group Plc have recently been awarded the contract for the Mechanical and Electrical services at the new £30m conference facility at Belfast Waterfront Hall.

Brian Harvey, Managing Director of Harvey Group Plc, said: “Having played a major role in the original Waterfront Hall complex back in 1996, we are delighted to have been chosen to provide the mechanical and electrical services for the new conference facilities. The Belfast Waterfront Hall is an iconic project, instantly recognisable as a landmark of our city. We are proud to be given this further opportunity to work on this beautiful building.”

Brian Harvey added “Harvey Group will be working in partnership with McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver the £30m project, due to commence early 2015. We have a long standing working relationship with McLaughlin and Harvey and have combined recently at the Deloitte Technology Studio Belfast, and new University of Ulster BA, BB buildings in central Belfast”

During the original 1996 Waterfront project, Harvey's developed specialist skills in pipe prefabrication, which they called the Toast Rack pipe system. This innovation was used to overcome the challenge of making best use of the space available within the unique circular plant room. The company progressed using this system and similar systems to coordinate and prefabricate services in many other projects.

The overall value of the Waterfront project is £30m, which will see the Waterfront Hall Conference and Exhibition facilities double in size, to add an additional capacity of 4000m┬▓. This includes a 2000 seat auditorium, 380 seat studio and 17 meeting rooms for 10 - 200 delegates. This will enable the venue to attract larger events with a wider variety of requirements. Belfast City Council believe that the extension will contribute up to £40m towards the local economy each year and help the city tap into the growing business tourism market.

Harvey Group have been in existence since 1978, and have a reputation for innovative, reliable delivery of quality projects. They employ 70+ people and have continually trained & developed technical apprentices. Turnover for year ending 2014 was £21m and is forecasted to be £25m for the next 12 months.

Please click the images to view enlarged, and follow the link below to view a 3D tour of the extension.

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