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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Leading national mechanical and electrical specialist EIC is soon to complete electrical installation work at Tesco's first "eco" store in Wick, in the north of Scotland.

The design and installation contract which began in September is EIC's Scottish region's eighth project for Tesco this year and is on course for completion in November. The 50,000 sq ft store, which is being constructed using a timber frame rather than steel, is the first for the major retailer to employ a range of green technologies.

Work by EIC has included the design and installation of five wind turbines, solar panels to the north of the store and the installation of a full lighting control system in the sales area, using photocells to promote energy efficiency by allowing self-adjusting lights to dim and turn off according to natural light levels.

EIC's Scottish region has worked on seven projects for Tesco this year, besides the new Wick store, at locations including Aberdeen Westhill, Elgan, Castle Douglas, Shettlestone, Coatbridge, Inverness and Alloa. Financial director of EIC, Graham Lyall is pleased that EIC Scotland is continuing to build on its long-term relationships: "As well as an exceptional relationship with Tesco, the region has maintained a relationship which spans approximately 15 years with main contractor, Barr Construction. Earlier this year they contracted us to carry out electrical design and installation work on a three-storey new-build job centre in Galashields and we have frequently supported them in the retail sector.

"Our Scottish team is on-course to deliver a 10% increase in activity this year which is accumulating across a variety of sectors and we are delighted with the impact we continue to make on these markets thanks to the high standard of the region's work."

Paul Griffin of Barr Construction comments: "It's been great to team up with EIC again. When working on a high profile project such as this, it is reassuring to work with a team that you know and trust."

Current projects for EIC Scotland include electrical installation, on behalf of Edinburgh Council, of council chambers and the electrical refit of Holyrood Church in Edinburgh. The regional team is also due to complete work on one of the Scottish Borders' most ambitious urban regeneration projects to date -the £7.7 million Heart of Hawick project.

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Notes for Editor
EIC 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 working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. 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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