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Mechanical and Electrical Contractors King & Moffatt Building Services has officially opened its new global headquarters in Carrick on Shannon, Ireland. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the company also announced that it will be significantly expanding its workforce with the creation of 50 new jobs and a further 40 jobs in the next two years.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said:
“I’m really pleased to be here in beautiful Carrick-on-Shannon for the opening of King & Moffatt’s new state of the art global headquarters. I would like to commend the company’s management team and staff for their remarkable success over the last four decades. Through hard work and using the best technology to drive innovation and productivity the company has experienced impressive growth, with further expansion plans for the years ahead. I would also like to recognise King & Moffatt’s close collaboration with third level institutions, which helps to ensure graduates have the right skills for our dynamic jobs market. Through the Government’s Future Jobs strategy we want to work with companies like King & Moffatt to plan today for the jobs of the future.”
The investment in the new headquarters will allow King & Moffatt to realise its ambitious home- market and international growth plans. Pat King, Managing Director said: “We have invested in this new facility to enable us to drive our vision for the future of construction. We believe that by embracing technology and taking an innovative approach, we will be able to tackle the productivity issues that construction faces and deliver projects faster and more effectively. The combination of this state-of-the-art offices and the growing skilled workforce will allow us to double our revenue within the next 5 years.”
King & Moffatt currently operate in Ireland and the UK and have recently expanded operations into Germany, Poland, Portugal, and the USA. The current workforce stands at 300 people and the new employment opportunities will be for skilled technicians, design engineers, project managers construction specialists and those with mechanical and electrical skills. King & Moffatt also work closely with third-level institutes taking on ten students from engineering, quantity surveying, construction management and commerce courses on placement throughout the year, recognising the long-term benefits to the company, colleges and graduates.
The new headquarters is an energy-efficient building, which will help to lower the company’s carbon footprint. King & Moffatt’s own energy services division which was opened in 2014 to assist it clients operate more energy efficient sites and save on energy costs, installed meters and now monitors the new office building to achieve this. As well as this the office boasts cutting edge lighting fixtures which can be used to show clients what is available out on the market. The move has also allowed the company to take environmentally friendly step of moving to a paperless office.
Stephen Hughes, Divisional Manager, Enterprise Ireland said: “Today’s opening of King & Moffatt’s new global headquarters here in Carrick-on-Shannon is a significant marker of how the company has evolved and adapted to the turning tides of the construction sector and gone on to substantially expand in the last five years. Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with the company to support its global ambition and growth in new markets. One in ten jobs in Ireland is in the construction sector and the industry is of significant importance to the national economy. King & Moffatt is an exemplar for other similar construction services companies in regional locations.”
Growth of King & Moffatt
Established by Pat King, Managing Director, and John Moffatt, Director, in 1978, King & Moffatt is a privately held company. It provides mechanical and electrical engineering services to the construction industry, from design through to installation and maintenance, delivered by a directly- employed workforce. The company has more than doubled in the last three years and now has offices in Carrick on Shannon, Birmingham, London, Stoke and Edinburgh, and operates in 6 different countries.
King & Moffatt’s services offering has expanded far beyond its electrical contracting beginnings according to King: “King & Moffatt began with two electricians, now we provide much more than that; mechanical services, maintenance, energy monitoring, automation and controls, BMS, design services and BIM 3D modelling. As a partner to our clients we take all these services and co-ordinate and manage the success of their projects.”
King & Moffatt have invested heavily in technology over recent years. They have recognised some key players in the technology space that they feel will help them deliver a higher quality service driving value through efficiency for clients. Some of these technology providers include Autodesk (3d and 2d Design), Microsoft (SharePoint, Dynamics and Azure), Amtech (Estimation, Electrical System Design and Point Cloud), and Bentley (Mechanical System Design).
The way individuals and organizations use and interact with their buildings and its connected assets continues to evolve. Technology is going to play a huge role within the construction industry and King & Moffatt are passionate about understanding these technologies and utilising them to provide a turn key package for clients.
A new company was started this year called King & Moffatt Connected to seize the opportunity that Industry 4.0 presents. King & Moffatt Connected Ltd. provides a full design, monitoring, control and facilities management service for all mechanical and electrical building systems.
The new office and infrastructure, including interactive smart screens with built in conference calling, will support the company in delivering BIM 3D modelling and design services internationally from its base in Carrick on Shannon, and also connecting with regional offices. By utilising the cloud and new technologies such as VR (Virtual Reality) & AR (Augmented Reality), the company believes it will gain a competitive advantage in the building services market.
In 2014 King and Moffatt saw the significant drive towards automation in the built environment especially in manufacturing facilities. They sent a number of electricians who had served their apprenticeships with the company onto both full and part-time third level courses in Electrical Control and Automation. With 2018 being the first year of this graduating class, they are already seeing the rewards of having the ability to deliver this service in-house, having recently completed two significant projects where they have handed over a full design, install and commissioning package of a process line direct to the client.
King & Moffatt have been awarded ISO 9001 international Quality Management system, ISO 14001 Environment Management and ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management system series. The new headquarters has been certified to international quality, environmental and safety management standards, recognising the importance of defined fit-for-purpose management systems in giving confidence to both existing and new clients domestically and internationally.