Many well-known M&E contractors, like my own, are well equipped to provide the required service. They do so by ensuring that the in-house design team – and ours includes dedicated controls engineers – updates its skills through continuous professional development, and that the site management and construction teams are equally well trained.
M&E contractors have seen many significant changes in the industry over the past 30 years and have been able to take these in their stride. This latest "challenge" is unlikely to cause the competent ones to trip, so let us not create problems where they do not exist, and let us rely on the good sense of competent builders and their clients to know which M&E contractors are keeping up with the game.
E Innes, chief design engineer, Shepherd Engineering Services, York.