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Hevac Looks to the Future with Garrett White as MD

Garrett White, Managing Director, Hevac

Garrett has been with Hevac for 20 years and his career path has very much mirrored the development and evolution of the company over that time. So, it is appropriate that he should now assume the role of Managing Director as Hevac embarks on the next next stage of its development.

“Our industry is changing and it is important that we move with it”, says Garrett. “The challenge is to focus on getting that right, based on an offer of value-for-money with quality, reliable products and unrivalled customer service. This includes everything from on-time, in-full deliveries to in-house technical design capabilities and after sales service support. We have recently streamlined pre-order and collection systems in an effort to make engagement with our trade counter staff more efficient, while also focusing on continual improvement of our comprehensive local and nationwide delivery service from our two Dublin-based branches and one in Cork.

“We have a dynamic team here at Hevac, and one that represents a wealth of experience within the business. In addition, we carry over 6,500 unique products in stock with thousands more available to order. Moreover, this figure rises to 11,000 given the ready access we have to the ex-stock product holdings of our sister companies Tubeco, Origen and Polytherm. We truly are a one-stop-shop for the heating, plumbing and mechanical services industry.

“An added strength of the close working relationship we enjoy with our sister companies is that we can supply the most comprehensive and efficient district heating system combination that includes boilers, CHP and HIUs, through to underfloor heating and distribution pipework.

In recent years we have built on this capability to include full ‘design and build’ packaged plant room and flue installation services, along with a full AHU and ventilation product portfolio. “This is delivered by Hevac’s dedicated specification design team of fully qualified and experienced building services and mechanical engineers which is led by Paul Devereux. Paul and the team ensure that design assistance, guidance and technical support are provided to our customers.

 “As we look to the future, we are squarely focused on customer service. We truly appreciate every order we receive and we operate on the principle that customer satisfaction equals repeat business and we welcome every opportunity to prove ourselves in this regard”. 

Dent and Brogan attend CIBSE YEN Hong Kong Gig

Below: Adam Dent and Aaron Brogan, the CIBSE Ireland delegates to the recent CIBSE YEN Conference in Hong Kong.

Adam Dent and Aaron Brogan, the CIBSE Ireland delegates to the
recent CIBSE YEN Conference in Hong Kong.

Aaron Brogan, CIBSE Ireland YEN Chairman and Vice-Chairman Adam Dent recently attended the CIBSE YEN conference in Hong Kong. It was the first time CIBSE Ireland had a delegation at this world forum and apart from CIBSE support, both Aaron and Adam had significant support from their respective employers. Aaron is Hevac’s Project Manager while Adam is Technical Sales Engineer with Origen Energy. Both are Hevac Group companies.

After an exhausting trip the first day’s proceedings began with an introduction to the legal systems of both the Poeples’ Republic of China and Hong Kong, followed by Alan Lau who spoke about doing business as an engineer in China.

This proved very interesting as it also went into detail on how to become a chartered engineer in China. This was followed by a technical site visit to the International Centre for Commerce (ICC), Hong Kong’s tallest building. It is 490m high and has a complex array of building services, including 11 cooling towers with a total load of 5234kW and six chiller units.

After the rigours of a very interesting but quite tiring day, relaxation and entertainment followed and included a Kung Fu lesson! Day two was also a full programme and included a number of technical site visits to venues such as the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department of Hong Kong, a district cooling plant, and a zero-carbon building run mainly from PV and solar panels. It also featured natural light tunnels and a VAV underfloor system for cold air displacement into the building. Noticeable throughout was that all scaffolding is erected using bamboo and safety nets. The day concluded with a black tie event at the British Consulate hosted by CIBSE HK.

Day three was another early morning start that involved a water jet trip to Macu and a visit to the Venetian hotel and casino resort. Here delegates saw the huge basement plant room housing large industrial chillers and twin-head chilled water pumps.

Next and final stop on the day was a basement and roof-top electrical survey of the largest casino in Macu. Day four was a dedicated CPD event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on nextgeneration technology. The symposium ran from 7.45am to 17.30pm and covered all manner of new technologies and building services-related developments for the future.

The final day was the Global YEN Chair meeting and this was held at the Kowloon Hotel. Presentations and reports were given by all delegates with Aaron and Adam representing Ireland. Hong Kong, the UK, Australia, Belfast, Dubai and New Zealand the other branches participating.

Overall the trip proved to be very beneficial from both an engineering and networking perspective though both Aaron and Adam were not too impressed with the food. Octopus soup for lunch didn’t go down too well after a site visit but they did manage to find a McDonalds. Snickers bars also helped but, at €3 a pop and pints at €10 a go, they had to watch the pennies!

Hitachi Kicks off CIBSE YEN 5-a-side

Peter Farrell, Captain, Team Ethos Engineering with Fergus Daly, Hitachi.

Peter Farrell, Captain, Team Ethos Engineering with Fergus Daly, Hitachi.

The inaugural Hitachi-sponsored CIBSE YEN 5-a-side soccer tournament took place recently at the Astro Park complex in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Teams participating included BDP, Ethos Engineering, Hevac, IN2 Engineering, OCSC and Origen. As subs were also allowed a total of 38 players were involved.

The games kicked off at 6pm on two pitches with matches running simultaneously and lasting 10 minutes. This didn’t allow much breathing space between games with several matches running back to back. By the end of the round-robin league with all teams having played each other once, two teams — OCSS and Ethos — were joined on ten points. They then played out a hard-fought final with Ethos emerging popular winners on the night.

After the official presentations pitch side by Fergus Daly, Area Sales Manager, Hitachi Ireland, everyone adjourned to the local Metro Bar to socialise and network.

All credit to Aaron Brogan and Adam Dent, Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of CIBSE YEN for organising the tournament, and indeed for playing as well! “We are delighted with the number of teams that turned out”, says Aaron, “and a special thanks to Hitachi for their sponsorship and support. We’re confident that this will now become an annual event.”

 

Hevac Celebrates 40 years

While trading longevity has become less commonplace within the building services sector, especially in the light of the most recent market downturn, there are always exceptions that buck the trend. Hevac Ltd is a case in point. Incorporated in 1974, this year marks its 40th anniversary and a programme of celebratory events is planned for the remainder of 2014 to mark the occasion.

Hevac emerged from the heating and plumbing division of J.S. Lister Ltd, a group of engineering companies founded in the 1950s that included Lister Tubes, Steel Company of Ireland, Non-ferrous Metals and many others.

Having had addresses at Lomand Avenue and Ballymount Industrial Estate, Hevac moved its headquarters to Dorset Street in the 1980s, and the company continued to prosper under the private ownership and stewardship of John English. It also established “satellite” outlets in Santry (Dublin) and in Cork.

A period of substantial growth and expansion followed with Hevac moving yet again in 2001, this time to a purpose-designed 40,000 sq ft office and warehouse complex on the Naas Road, Dublin 12. A new Cork facility was developed at the same time with both locations using state-of-the-art mechanical handling systems, and crane and hoist systems, for physical management of steel tube and heavy steam/steel boilers.

Today Hevac continues to thrive with John English’s son and daughter, Seamus and Carol English, at the helm. New agencies and additional product lines are constantly added to its vast portfolio, especially in the commercial and industrial sector.

“This is obviously a very significant milestone for our company”, says Seamus English, “and I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all staff (past and present) to that success. Equally important is the successful and supportive trading relationships we enjoy with our broad customer base, and of course with our suppliers, including Building Services News.

“We look forward to a bright and prosperous shared future with all.”