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At a glance

Status: Complete

Location: Leicestershire

Crown House Technologies (CHt) led the MEP package which included the full mechanical and electrical (M&E) scope for seven, four-storey houseblocks and a specialist unit.

Our manufacturing facility (CHtM) provided modular MEP services and our in-house specialists Enterprise Solutions delivered the building management system (BMS) and information and communications technology (ICT) package.

Supplying product sets

CHt worked alongside Lendlease’s design team to define agile DfMA product sets that met design and operational needs while providing upfront and whole-life value.

Products for house blocks included 231 cell risers, 273 horizontal roof modules and 56 plant skids.

We developed standard infrastructure details for valve and cable pits to ensure the services could be installed in the ground efficiently.

Targeting local suppliers to generate social value

Our team held an event at Blaby District Council chambers to engage local suppliers and SME businesses within 50 miles of the site. Businesses included electrical and mechanical contractors, labour suppliers and wholesalers. The engagement supported the project goal of achieving 25% local spend (within 50 miles of the project) while securing critical capacity to deliver the project.

Creating certainty through supply chain engagement

We engaged our supply chain and design phase partners to provide early input and inform modelling and coordination work, in turn creating certainty and opening up opportunities for value engineering. Prior to placing orders we locked in prices with suppliers for steel and copper to protect against inflation. We also visited boiler, switchgear, and wiring manufacturer businesses to make sure they had capability and capacity.

Added value to clients

  • Installation speed; our ability to generate ergonomic, repeatable, factory quality components; onsite labour efficiency; and cost certain solutions
  • Mature, positive relationship with supply chain
  • Experienced technical engineering and delivery staff
  • Optimum technical casting delivery through design solution, DfMA product set and installation standards
  • Established value engineering
  • CHt’s in-house delivery allowed us to develop the BMS design earlier than a traditional delivery model. This enabled advance manufacturing of the BMS control panels, which, in turn meant these could be installed and fully pre-wired in conjunction with the plant skids
  • Harnessed our extensive offsite prefabrication and digital engineering capability to reduce onsite labour, increase quality and reduce programme risks.
“We engaged in great conversations [with local suppliers] and were able to capture new relationships to secure local employment places for January 2022 and beyond”
Ian Neville CHt Project Director

Key statistics


Design integration, manufacture, and delivery of over 550 off-site manufactured MEP components for seven prison houseblocks 643 drawings


Operative hours removed onsite through our DfMA delivery strategy