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Friday, February 25, 2005
MPSL Planning & Design has undergone a restructure as part of the company’s ongoing expansion programme. Darren Higson, who is one of the original member’s of the team, has taken on the role of deputy managing director of the planning & design division whilst Steve Ireson joins the company as technical director and Phil Rees has been appointed as planning director.

The changes to the team, in effect from March, are part of continuing plans to expand and to accommodate the growth in business for both Planning & Design and MPSL’s other division, Civil Engineering. Since the company was established four years ago, it has quadrupled in size with a dedicated team of registered RIBA architect-led designers, planners, engineers and consultants supporting both divisions.

Darren Higson was a senior designer for Westbury Homes before joining MPSL as a director in 2001. Having worked extensively on the development of concept housing solutions, Darren is renowned within the industry for his in-depth understanding of planning consents for high and low density schemes and house type portfolios. In his new role, Darren will now take on a more strategic approach to building the business as the division continues to grow.

New technical director, Steve Ireson joins MPSL from Crosby Homes where he spent the last 12 years as a design manager. Planning director, Phil Rees has approximately 20 years of experience in the housebuilding industry having worked for popular housebuilders such as Fairclough Homes, Morris Homes, and most recently, Persimmon Homes. Both Phil and Steve are expected to strengthen and drive the team going forward.

David Golden, managing director of MPSL Planning & Design comments: “The team in place is in a position to build on our strong client base and grow MPSL’s share of work in both the social housing and the public sectors. It has been a tremendously good year and we can now look forward to even greater successes as we see new appointments and promotions take fruition.”

MPSL Planning & Design offers master planning, urban design, architectural services, technical services and landscaping. Clients include Fairclough, Woodfords, Linden, Bellway, David McLean, Wimpey Homes and Taylor Woodrow. For further information about the services that the division provides, contact David Golden on 0161 973 2277 or visit the company’s website at www.mpslgroup.com

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Press contact:
Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
(01625 506404)

Editor’s Note
MPSL Ltd provides a unique one-stop shop for those operating in the construction industry with its wide range of service offerings.The company’s two divisions, MPSL Planning & Design and MPSL Civil & Structural Engineering, work throughout the residential, commercial, retail, leisure and public sectors offering support, as needed, on a whole host of projects.
Friday, February 18, 2005
EIC continues to demonstrate its expertise in the field of leisure as its northern regional office celebrates being awarded its first mechanical and electrical project for the Macdonalds Hotel Group. The leading mechanical and electrical services provider will be working with main contractor, Street Construction and mechanical and electrical consultant, Thornley & Lumb Partnership Ltd on a 32-bedroom extension and new leisure centre complex for the Macdonalds Norton Grange Hotel in Rochdale.

The contract, valued at approximately £900,000, is due to start mid-February 2005. Electrical installation work will include lighting, power, telephone, data, fire alarms, security, public address sound systems and new car park lighting. Mechanical installation work will include a new plant room, boosted water services, conditioned air to all areas, health & fitness club and spa and domestic services including all sanitary ware, general extract from rthe bedroom block, upgrade of existing plantroom, BMS control system and air conditioning to specific areas via VRV/VRF system.

The new leisure centre complex will include sauna, steam rooms, jacuzzi, swimming pool, gym and health and beauty treatment rooms. Work is expected to be completed by end of May 2005.

Joint managing director of EIC Ltd, Nigel Le Marechal comments: “Our northern region has a good portfolio of electrical work and our aim for 2005 is to build up the mechanical side of the business in this region. This contract has got us off to a great start and we look forward to more to come. We’ve got a

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strong record in the leisure sector nationally so this is a good area for our team to demonstrate its expertise.”

Stan Lumb for Thornley & Lumb Partnership Ltd comments: “We have worked closely with EIC on a number of projects including schools, libraries and leisure centres. They apply the best of their knowledge from each sector to the job in hand and are proactive in driving a job to completion. We know we can rely on them to deliver the best result.”

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Notes for Editor
EIC Ltd provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
(01625 506404)

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