Swansea-based RDM wins second Bay Campus contract

Swansea headquartered RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services has succeeded in winning a second contract on the £450m Bay Campus, being built on Fabian Way by Swansea University and its development partner St. Modwen.

In 2013, RDM successfully won the design and build contract to deliver electrical and mechanical services on the student accommodation and support offices, working for main contractor Vinci Construction UK.

Whilst busy delivering the first phase of the project, RDM were invited to tender for the second phase of accommodation on the Bay Campus, which is being built for St. Modwen by Galliford Try. They were once again successful in being awarded the contract, which is worth at least £3.7m. 

Aerial CGI Bay Campus

Left: Bay Campus 







RDM’s second success means that the company has in total secured almost £10m of work on Bay Campus, representing a significant opportunity for the company as well as employment and training opportunities for local people.

Although the original contract will be completed by September when the main campus is opened, the new work means that RDM will be on the site until January 2016, when the additional accommodation blocks will be completed.

‘Continue to support local employment’

Company Director, David Kieft, expressed his delight with the success: “This second contract win is another huge achievement for RDM and is ensuring we can continue our planned growth. The initial project alone has meant at least an additional 15 positions within our company, with some of the staff having been taken on through the Workways initiative for unemployed people. As a company which employ all our staff directly we will continue to support local employment and training both now and into the future, so it’s good news all round.”

Within the industry, RDM have been recognised for their previous and ongoing commitment to training in Wales, recently winning the JTL Best Employer award.  The win was based on looking at the number of apprentices that an employer takes on each year and also the success rate of that employer in turning first year apprentices into qualified tradesmen/ tradeswomen.  In making the award, the panel noted that RDM stood out as having an exceptional record. The company has taken on 26 apprentices since 1996 and, uniquely, every single one has successfully completed their apprenticeship. Many of these past apprentices are still working in the business.  Since winning the first Bay Campus contract, RDM have employed three new apprentices.

Dave continued: “Winning this M & E contract is down to the hard work our team put in to the tendering process and to those RDM employees and trainees  who have worked on the phase 1 accommodation and support buildings who have been actively demonstrating our ability to deliver a quality service on time and on budget.”

Bay Campus Halls of Residence Left: Halls of residence at the Bay Campus

Jon Young, Area Director for Galliford Try, said: “We are delighted to have appointed RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services, particularly because they are a Swansea-based company and have already demonstrated their quality service and delivery on site. By working with local companies, particularly those which already know the Bay Campus site, we benefit from their experience and also ensure that the community benefits from employment and training opportunities.” 

As a company keen to be seen as contributing to the development of the regional economy, RDM have also become a member of Swansea Bay Futures, the not for profit organisation working to promote and connect business, education and development in Swansea Bay.

‘Supports economic development’

Dave Kieft explains the importance of RDM becoming a member of SBF: “RDM heavily supports the focus SBF has with connecting and promoting business and development in Swansea. This supports economic development, which brings numerous community benefits and RDM want to encourage this by being an ambassador partner with SBF.”

RDM’s recent successes have enabled the company to identify other opportunities for growth, with the result that they have formed two new companies in sectors that align with their existing skill sets and expertise. The new companies are EFT Energy Consultants Ltd, which provides energy efficient engineering solutions, and a facilities management company, DRS Facilities Management Ltd, which is dedicated to providing cost-effective, be-spoke engineering solutions.

With assistance and subsequent consultancy advice from Welsh Government through their Gazelle programme, EFT has already partnered with some of Europe’s largest solutions providers. This has led to additional local employment and more is expected as both companies continue to grow.