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December 2009 Prize for Sustainable Energy Project

Semple & McKillop claimed a prize for their work for St Lukes Hospital, Armagh at the all-island Sustainable Energy (SEAI) Awards held in Dublin. The Awards highlight excellence in business energy management and this year included entries from over 100 organisations across the island.

The ‘Leading Energy Efficiency Project Award’ was secured for the decentralisation of the heating system at St Luke’s Hospital. This project is on target for a 40% reduction in annual running costs and a 45% reduction in carbon dioxide omissions. The judges commented on the project as being ‘... a good innovation in a modular approach and very replicable’. 

Accepting the award, Mark Kelso, Engineering Manager, Semple & McKillop commented: ‘We are delighted with this latest achievement. This award demonstrates our technical ability and excellence in delivering sustainable energy efficient solutions. We would like to acknowledge the support and leadership demonstrated by the Client in taking forward this successful project’.

In total, projects entered to the Awards this year demonstrated energy savings of €14 million, with an additional €18 million in projected cost savings identified. Semple & McKillop have accumulated considerable experience in large scale energy reduction projects in the health, education and the private sector, with St Luke’s Hospital, Armagh being our most recent commission.

http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Sustainable_Energy_Awards/

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Leading Energy Efficiency Project 2009.  Energy Minister Eamon Ryan (far left) with Jim Bruce, Craigavon Area Hospital (2nd from right) and Semple & McKillop Senior Engineers, Stephen Mulholland and Mark Kelso.

December 2009 New Corporate Style for Semple & McKillop

We have updated our Corporate logo, materials and website.  This move reflects our commitment to continual company development and our ambition to become leaders in innovative, sustainable design.

We hope you take time to look around our website to get a feel for our Company, the services we can provide and our recent successes and completed projects.

As always, your feedback is very welcome and much appreciated. Please feel free to get in contact.

November 2009 Building Homes in South Africa

Conor Casey, Building Services Engineer with Semple & McKillop once again participated in the Niall Mellon Township Trust 'Building Blitz'. Conor spent a week with over 950 volunteers building 200 homes in South Africa.

This year Conor was working in the impoverished township Wallacedene, located outside CapeNiall Mellon Logo Town which has a population of approx 21,000. Speaking at a beneficiary handover Niall Mellon said, "The week has been a phenomenal success for the Trust despite the torrential rain. I am proud of the way our volunteers braved the elements and with great determination completed the task in hand."

Having participated in the programme last year, Conor was able to see the impact of the Niall Mellon Township Trust and the significant difference the Trust makes to many disadvantaged families providing quality accommodation and community facilities. The Niall Mellon Township Trust was established in 2002 with the aim to build quality social housing for impoverished families living in shacks in the townships of South Africa. See their website for further details.


October 2009 Student Placement Award

At the recent CIBSE sponsored awards ceremony to recognise student engineering excellence, Clodagh Farrell, received the ‘Placement Student of the Year Award 2009’.

Clodagh recently completed a placement from the University of Ulster on our ‘Student Placement and Work Experience Programme’. During the year, Clodagh quickly became a valued member of the Team within the Castleblayney office, providing support to engineers and working as part of the wider design team.

In 2008, Clodagh also received ‘2nd Year Student of the Year Award’. At the same ceremony, two other students were recognised: Stephen Kernaghan, ‘Placement Student of the Year Award’ and Conor Casey, ‘Part Time Student of the Year’.

This recognition is testimony to the Company’s commitment to supporting students in their career choice and development. In 2009, the Company also received ‘Employer Placement of the Year Award 2009’.

August 2009 Double Celebration for Semple and McKillop Ltd

Pioneering Consultant Engineers Semple & McKillop Ltd has been awarded official accreditation to internationally recognised quality management standards.

The company with offices in Belfast and Monaghan which recently secured the contract for the £10m terminal revamp at Belfast International Airport, was awarded by certification body NQA. Semple & McKillop Ltd is one of the first companies in Ireland to achieve the standards in their sector.

Commenting on the awards and the Belfast International Airport contract, Seamus McKillop, Managing Director, Semple McKillop said,

Pictured are Seamus McKillop, Director Semple & McKillop and Operations Director, Alan Whiteside of Belfast International Airport.“The recent announcements that we have achieved the NQA certification for the environment and health & safety as well as having secured another major contract with Belfast International Airport is a testimony to the great work of our team.”

“We work in a very competitive industry and continuous quality improvement is a key business objective for us. Achieving certification to the recognised international standards is in keeping with our ambition to become leaders in innovative sustainable design within the built environment.”

“We constantly strive to achieve the highest possible standards within the industry and we believe this is key to our success. We have been providing consultancy services to Belfast International Airport for a number of years with the total value of construction schemes exceeding £30M. This latest terminal project is a reflection of the long term partnership we have with the Airport which enables us to plan with confidence and develop our systems to deliver a high quality service with safety and environmental considerations foremost.”


Although Semple & McKillop has held the quality standard ISO 9001 since 1998, the organisation has more recently been awarded ISO 14001 for the environment and OHSAS 18001 for health & safety, by NQA, following the implementation of an integrated quality management system.

Established in 1997, Semple & McKillop Ltd has a reputation for design innovation, providing sustainable engineering solutions and delivering the highest levels of quality, health & safety and environmental performance to satisfy client needs.

Semple & McKillop Ltd was short-listed for Consultancy of the Year, at this year's Building Services Awards, which acknowledges excellence, innovation and professionalism across the industry.

NQA Accreditations

Belfast International Airport - http://www.belfastinternationalairport.co.uk

June 2009 UK Building Services Award Finalist 2009

Semple & McKillop Ltd recently attended the Building Services Awards at the London Hilton, Park Lane. At this prestigious event, 700 industry professionals joined in celebrating and rewarding excellence, innovation and professionalism across the industry.

Thirteen categories were rewarded and Semple & McKillop were honoured to have been 1 of 6 practices across the UK to be short listed for Consultancy of the Year 2009. Although we were unsuccessful on this occasion we were delighted to have been a finalist as this is our first attempt at UK national recognition.

June 2009 Downpatrick Cinema Complex Opened

Semple & McKillop Ltd were delighted to attend the official opening of the brand new cinema and entertainment complex in Downpatrick. The complex, located close to the town centre, includes a six-screen complex which has seating for over 1,000 people, a children's play zone and laser game area as well as a number of restaurants and retail space.

Gerald and Martin Barrett were behind this development which is the most modern of its kind in Ireland featuring the latest digital movie projection and sound systems.

Semple & McKillop Ltd designed the lighting, power and data installations, as well as the ventilation and heating solutions for the six screens. Particular care was required in ventilation and heating design to provide a cost effective, rapid response solution which is sympathetic to the onerous sound and vibration requirements within a cinema setting.

Geda Construction acted as the Civil and Structural Engineers and Main Contractors.

The opening of this entertainment complex marks Semple & McKillop's growing involvement in commissions within the leisure and recreational sector.


May 2009 Ulster Placement Employer of the Year Award

Semple McKillop Ltd has been recognised for the second time in a year for its commitment to supporting students in their career choice and development.

Celebrating the Ulster Placement Employer of the Year Award 2009 are Wilfred Mitchell (Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses), Seamus McKillop (Managing Director, Semple McKillop) and the BBC's Donna Traynor.The Company was awarded at the ‘Ulster Placement Employer of the Year Awards 2009', held at the University of Ulster, for its contribution to student employability through work-based and placement learning.

This announcement follows news that three of the Company's students received awards at the prestigious University of Ulster CIBSE Student Awards for 2008.

“At Semple McKillop we are committed to supporting and nurturing our graduate engineers. We work closely with both Queen's University and the University of Ulster on research projects and student placements to help the continuous flow of local talent within the engineering sector,” said Seamus McKillop, Director of Semple McKillop Ltd.

“Placement programmes are not just about the future of the students, their success is our success. Our programme is carefully planned to cover skills development, project experience and working as part of the design team. We have found that this mix enables students to thrive in the employment arena and indeed three of our students won, part time, second year and placement student at the prestigious CIBSE sponsored awards for 2008.”

April 2009 Coleraine FC: The Official Switch On

The new floodlights were switched on for the first time at Coleraine Football Club on Monday 24th April 2009.

Performing the official switch-on were MP Gregory Campbell, the Mayor of Coleraine, Cllr David Barbour, the President of Coleraine FC, Andy McGowan and the President of the IFA, Raymond Kennedy. For further details on this project, please see our portfolio

IFA Website - http://www.irishfa.com/the-ifa/news/4823/new-floodlights-officially-switched-on-at-coleraine-fc/

April 2009 Extending our Environmental Capabilities

Adding to our existing capability and competency in providing low carbon design guidance, Gillian Drennan, Chartered Mechanical Engineer, has completed the BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) assessment.

BREEAM is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.

All at Semple & McKillop Ltd congratulate Gillian on this achievement.
BREEAM - http://www.breeam.org

March 2009 Conway Mill: Refurbishment for this Listed Building

Refurbishment has now commenced on the Conway Mill Building, Belfast. Conway MillThe Mill, a listed building, was built in the 1840's and is now a vibrant community and cultural centre.

Conway Mill is located at the lower end of the Falls Road and has played an important role in the economic and social life of West Belfast. The Mill, built in the 1840's is a listed building and is now a vibrant community, economic, social and cultural centre in West Belfast.

The building is being refurbished as part of a £4.5M upgrade. The Central Procurement Directorate has managed this project on behalf of the Conway Mill Preservation Trust.

Semple & McKillop Ltd are part of H&J Martin's integrated professional team which includes Consarc Design as Project Architects, Albert Fry Associates as Project Civil and Structural Engineers and Faithful and Gould acting as CDM Co-ordinator.

Conway Mill - http://www.conwaymill.org
H&J Martins - http://www.hjmartin.co.uk/welcome.asp
Consarc Design - http://www.hjmartin.co.uk/welcome.asp

February 2009 St Matthew’s Church: Back to Original Vibrant State

The re-opening and dedication of the altar of St Matthew's Church took place on Sunday 1st February 2009.

St Mathews Church BackSt Mathews Church Front St Matthew's Church was first consecrated in March 1831 and is one of the oldest parishes in Belfast. McLean and Forte, the chartered Architects, have sympathetically restored the architectural features to their original vibrant state.

Semple & McKillop Ltd completed the mechanical and electrical design including design of a new heating system and feature lighting to the main church.

St Matthew’s Church - http://www.stmatthewsparish.org
McLean & Forte - http://www.mcleanforte.com