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Outgoing ECA chief urges improved relationships

Departing Electrical Contractors’ Association chief executive David Pollock has told H&V News he wants to forge closer relationships between property developers and specialist contractors to carry out retrofitting work.

Mr Pollock, who this week announced he is retiring as chief executive after 13 years with the ECA, said “electrical contractors are the frontline troops for delivering the sustainable agenda”.

He added that the ECA is developing a closer relationship with the property industry ahead of an expected rise in commercial retrofitting work, jobs which Mr Pollock feels M&E firms can do without the need for a main contractor.

Along with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the ECA has formed a partners in excellence agreement with the National Federation of Property Professionals, which has 4,000 member companies.

“The demand for the services our members can provide is particularly relevant for clients who will be looking to retrofit their buildings,” said Mr Pollock.

“In terms of retrofit projects, M&E contractors’ early involvement can really help in terms of cost effectiveness and maximising long-term return thanks to their expertise.

“But I do not think we have enough of a clients’ relationship at the moment - I want our members to establish an understanding of what property developers deal with, yields and like.”

Mr Pollock announced his retirement last Wednesday at an ECA council meeting.

He will step down at the end of September 2010 and be succeeded by Steve Bratt, the current deputy chief executive.

He will continue as an adviser to the association as well as representing the ECA’s interests in Europe and in lobbying work.


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