Photo: The plant room at RAF Valley.

Building services company Ford Mainwaring is flying high with work to improve Ministry of Defence sites, including RAF Valley, on Anglesey, and RAF Shawbury, in Shropshire.

The North Staffordshire business, which has shown its support for the British military by signing the Armed Forces covenant, is working with main contractor VIVO Defence Services on a series of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC projects.

The work is creating jobs in North Staffordshire and across the UK.

Ford Mainwaring is currently recruiting new apprentices and is looking for experienced engineers, electricians, and an experienced Estimating Manager. Director, Daniel Bailey, said: “The engineers and electricians will be working on defence projects and other public sector contracts, providing planned and reactive maintenance work across the Midlands and North West.”

Ford Mainwaring has established a successful partnership with VIVO Defence Services, providing comprehensive building service engineering solutions to the Ministry of Defence, particularly focusing on secure environments.

Tasks typically include plant room refurbishment, boiler installation and maintenance, HVAC projects, electrical power distribution, security systems, and renewable energy solutions, such as the installation of EV charging stations and air source heating.

Daniel said: “I am proud of the successful partnership we have established with VIVO Defence Services, delivering essential projects within the Ministry of Defence.

“Our tailored building service engineering solutions, coupled with our focus on secure environments, ensure that MOD facilities receive the highest standards of quality and security. We are committed to providing comprehensive electrical, mechanical, and renewables work, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of military infrastructure.

“Recent projects at RAF Valley, RAF Shawbury and Kendrew Barracks exemplify our dedication to enhancing defence facilities and creating optimal working environments for personnel to work in.”

The work at RAF Shawbury involved the creation of spray-painting and protective coating facilities for helicopters. Ford Mainwaring worked with Spraybake Ltd to construct a unit inside a disused aircraft hangar.

Explained Dan: “We provided mechanical and electrical services to ensure ventilation and drainage met safety and installed the electrical distribution operating panel and cabling.”

The Ford Mainwaring team is vetted to ensure members meet the highest-level police and Counter Terrorism Clearance prior to working on MoD sites.

Oscar Campbell, Project Manager at VIVO, praised Ford Mainwaring’s high-level skills and capabilities.

He said: “Ford Mainwaring consistently exhibits meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of their work, ensuring that all project elements meet or exceed specified standards. their proactive approach to issue management is noteworthy, swiftly addressing challenges as they arise and implementing effective solutions to maintain project momentum.

Ford Mainwaring’s commitment to excellence not only ensures the successful execution of tasks but also contributes significantly to the overall success of the project. Their reliability, precision, and adherence to VIVO’s guidelines makes Ford Mainwaring a valuable partner in achieving our project objectives.”

Ford Mainwaring is based on the Centre 500 Business Park in the Etruria Valley, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

If you are an experienced engineer, electrician, or estimating manager, looking for a challenge with a thriving building maintenance company, please contact Daniel Bailey, [email protected].


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