Design & Installation Technology Workshops and Equipment

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:

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.

There are no suprises in our quotes, no hidden costs, no additional items that appear after the contract is awarded. In fact, what you see is what you get. This may have the unfortunate side effect of requring detailed study of our quote to ensure that the comparators have included the same level of details but we believe in an open and honest relationship with our clients from the start right through to the handover of a successful project.

Design Solutions

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.


Building Bulletin 81 offers guidance to anyone involved with the briefing and design processes for design and technology accommodation. It is aimed at teachers, governors, local education authority advisers and building professionals, and is relevant to both new construction and the adaptation of existing buildings.

There are some key planning issues which relate to all machines regardless of their function:

  • The floor in the area where the machine is sited should be level, nonslip and well maintained.
  • Machines should be positioned in one long run as far as possible, to give the teacher a single sight line for supervision.
  • Machines should be situated in good natural light – particularly important for precision machines.
  • Consideration must be given to the most appropriate machines to position adjacent to fire exits; those which do not require large pieces of material to be clamped to them will not block exits in an emergency.
  • Positioning machines against a circulation route (a route between the machines and multi-benches for example, as in Figure 5.1) allows the operator the greatest distance to move away from an accident. Allowing circulation behind the machines does, however, require good workshop management and teachers may choose to make pupils aware of safe workshop practice by marking out the circulation route using chevron tape.
  • Wherever possible multi-benches rather than design tables should be put next to machinery runs. Pupils doing similar work on multibenches are less likely to distract pupils using machines, and benches provide useful supplementary work surface for machine operators.
  • There should be sufficient space around any machine to allow safe use of the machine and to prevent the operator from being accidentally pushed by passers-by.

HME Technology always adhere to the guidelines laid out in BS4163 during design and installation procedures, ensuring that our solutions are always as safe as possible.

HME Design Example


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