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Design & Installation Technology Workshops and Equipment

Design Solutions Installation
HME are proud to have been involved in a large number of both new builds and refurbishments of schools and academies. Not only do we offer our services nationally within the UK, we also supply and install equipment around the globe -  contracts including project managing turnkey operations in Bangkok and Qatar. We have also equipped five schools in Botswana and supplied equipment for Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and South Africa, and contract work to supply and install in Hong Kong and Mauritius. The scope in projects and contracts overseas include Electronic products, Food Technology, Graphic products, Resistant Materials Technology, System and Controls Technology and Textiles Technology. There may be variations to the disciplines in some overseas countries.

In England and Wales, we have worked for 95% of Local Educational Authorities including the Metropolitan Boroughs of London, Birmingham, Manchester and counties of Kent, West Sussex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Northumberland, Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire to name just a few.
Our successes have not been restricted to state schools, though; we have completed work for: Bromsgrove, Malvern and the Worcester Grammar School, St Edward's Cheltenham, Eton, Uppingham and Pangbourne in Reading.

Before the initiative was scrapped, HME played a key role in many BSF builds around the country -
designing and installing new Design & Technology suites. Although the scheme has since been halted, HME continue to work with contractors such as:

Lend Lease
Skanska
Kier
BAM Construction
ISIS Concepts
British Thornton

The basis of any project undertaken by HME starts with a quotation, and our sales team are always at
hand to offer their help and support. From the first point of contact, a relationship between ourselves and our client is created, and our priority is to fulfill their needs as best we can.
After having established the requirements of the project within a quotation, our highly experienced team will translate the ‘wish list’ into a practical and safe layout that will satisfy even the most demanding of DT departments. The level of liaison that we  engage in gives you the peace of mind that all aspects of the design have been considered, including fume and dust extraction routes, safe working areas and the vital detail needed by the M & E team.

Working to safety guidelines set out in the Building Bulletin 81 code of practice, we create the best possible room layout plan to show the implementation of the equipment (both new and legacy) into the new rooms. These drawings prove to be extremely helpful to all parties involved, as they clearly represent a graphical interpretation of the proposed build - to building contractors, this can help show how much space is left available, and how to position machinery in the safest possible way; to a school, these drawings clearly display the types of machinery that they are to be provided as new and as legacy transfers (if applicable).

This is our aim - to make sure every party involved at every stage of development has a clear, precise understanding of what is going on at all times.
Once a suitable design solution has been agreed by all parties, HME's fully qualified and experienced installation team can come to site to install and commission the equipment. Our engineers work to the dimensional detail laid out in the design drawings, ensuring that every machine has been spaced as safely as possible in each room (as per BB81).

Familiarisation


Once installation is complete, and the teaching staff can access the Design Technology department, we are able to provide general familiarisation of all the machinery and equipment.

This is an overview of both the operation and general maintenance of the machines installed. If required we are also able to offer more in-depth training although it is expected that users are qualified to use the larger machines. HME can not supply but will source reputable machine accreditation training for our customers.

Should PPE equipment be required it can be discussed at this point as can the supply of all workshop hand tools and supplies throughout the term giving the teaching staff the full picture of machine use.

Our expertise in CAD/CAM means that we can support teachers in the use of their new CAD/CAM software and machinery which is an area which usually requires more input than the traditional workshop machinery.