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Eddie Perks

Consulting Engineer

Project: C10 Coventry : Project Dipper

'My name is Eddie Perks of Ernest Griffiths Consulting Engineers. We haven’t met previously but we are the M+E consulting engineers working with you on the C10 development in Coventry.

As you know, project completion is imminent and I want to express my gratitude to your team at DBS for their dedication and hard work over the last 24 months or so.

Might I also add that I have enjoyed and liked everyone I have met at DBS and found them always to be polite and courteous; attributes that I value.

I look forward to the day of Practical Completion and hopefully to keep in touch with Matt and his team thereafter.'

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Stephen Manley

Services Project Manager

Project: JLR Gaydon : Phase 1

'I am really pleased to confirm today that we have handed over B1912 ELN Phase 1 in its entirety and that Phase 1 area is now occupied by and maintained by JLR.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all your hard work and commitment to the project and making this a success, a project which I’m sure both SDC and DBS are proud of. The Client has been extremely complimentary of the quality of the project and the prompt response to any issues that have arisen.

I would especially like to thank all of the DBS site team for ensuring both the quality and programme have been met, and any request from myself have been dealt with, the commissioning and testing process has in the whole run extremely smoothly and any minor issues dealt with.

I would also like thank all the financial and design team for dealing with all matters promptly, and issuing any information required to an extremely high standard.

I have really enjoyed working alongside DBS on this project, my first with yourselves, and look forward to working alongside yourselves on many more projects in the future.'

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Stephen Manley

Services Project Manager

Project: JLR Gaydon - Early Access Phase 1

'I am pleased to confirm that JLR have accepted the Early Access Phase 1 areas today. The client commented on the high quality of the MEP Services and appreciated all the efforts in both completing, and commissioning, these areas ahead of programme.

I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hard work and effort that you have all put into this project and acknowledge that, even though there have been numerous obstacles affecting progress, in all cases you have found solutions to these issues, allowing the completion of the project to progress.

From the earliest engagement, through the design, construction and commissioning phase, I would like to thank all of the DBS team that have contributed to the success of this project and your assistance in completing this part of the handover, and almost completing the whole project, a month ahead of the initial handover date. In a time when we have all had to endure a pandemic, this is a great achievement.

Thankyou all for your efforts, it is appreciated.'

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Gus Kedzior

Associate Director

Project: Unity Square

'Further to the successful handover of the Unity Square Project we write to express our gratitude and praise for the efforts of the Derry Building Services team.

I’m sure you’ll agree Unity Square has been a very technical and challenging project from a MEP point of view with multiple stakeholder inputs and a complex security and access solutions.

Throughout your team have been professional, helpful, proactive and the quality of installation has been very good, often receiving praise from the client side consultants

Please pass on our gratitude and thank you once again for a job well done.'

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Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden - T, U & V Stages

Jeff Nagler

Executive Vice President of the Studio Facilities

Project: Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden - T, U & V Stages

'A really excellent result, considering all you had to deal with over the past year. Thank you for your flexibility, persistence, and quality work. We look forward to bringing the entire project down the home stretch'

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Marc Neale


Project: Unity Square

'As we are now extremely close to completion on the Unity Square project I write to offer some feedback, and thank you all for your help throughout.

This morning I sat in a meeting with all of our team discussing projects completed this year and the upcoming works for next and when we got onto the subject of Unity, I heard nothing but praise for your whole team involved. The management, design, guidance, day to day assistance, prompt payments, fair negotiations of not only the variations but also our interim applications has been like a breath of fresh air in this industry and all involved are a true credit to DBS.

As many of you know, when I sat in your offices discussing the prospect of us undertaking this project, due to its size I was nervous to say the least. This could have broken not only our working relationships but also our company as a whole!

One year later, listening to all the positive comments coming from my team, looking at the new relationships formed, the new works we have secured with yourselves since the start of this project, I can only conclude that this was an extremely positive move for ourselves and I would like to thank you all for not only the opportunity, but also your time, assistance and total professionalism offered to us all at Eagle throughout and I sincerely hope this may continue for many years to come.'

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Phil Janes

Commercial Manager

Project: Great Addington School

'I would like to hugely thank you guys for the level of support and commitment from DBS to this amazing CSR Project for Great Addington School and especially for Elliot, Freddie and Aaron (the 3 boys who wrote to me back in November last year for some help on the girls toilet project, along with thier teacher Mrs Wykes).

Between us we have overcome many un-thought of obstacles and had plenty of fun and learning on the journey so far.

We are approaching the exciting construction stage and I look forward to your continued commitment through this vital stage of the Project. Please continue to have plenty of dialogue with James & Tim through the next few weeks.

We look forward to that very proud moment at the end of the Project and would like to all meet up to enjoy the new surroundings and more importantly to celebrate a job well done with the youngsters and the School.

I cannot underestimate the appreciation sdc have for the DBS project team for your generosity and commitment.'

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Graeme King

M&E Manager

Project: Unity Square

'Following yesterday’s site inspection off the level 2 SER and UPS locations I would just like to provide my compliments to the team.

Given the stage the project is current at, the quality and level of attention to detail presented to the client representative was first class and I am sure that the client has left site with an excellent impression and the knowledge that we fully understand the brief and requirements to handover a quality project.'

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Nick Proverbs

Senior Operations Manager

Project: University of Birmingham Teaching and Learning Building

'Just to let you all know that last night we received the Practical Completion certificate for Teaching and Learning.

This has been a big challenge to us all and I would like to thank you all for your hard work and determination to help achieve this.

I cannot fault the DBS team for their attitude and co-operation over these last few months.'

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Ian Durbidge

Commercial Manager

Project: Emmanuel House, Nottingham

'I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your company for the help and assistance provided on the toilet refurbishment on Emmanuel House.

The customer is absolutely delighted with the finished product and have commended the manner and professionalism with which the work was carried out.

The finished product will make a genuine difference to the lives of the people that Emmanuel House helps and supports and we should all be really proud of the difference we have made.'

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James Franklin

Services Project Manager

Project: Project Eden - Jaguar Land Rover

'We achieved practical completion today on what has certainly been a challenging project.

Jaguar Land Rover and Powertrain are extremely happy with the state of the art facility we have produced for them.

Thanks to you and the rest of your team, as without SDC & DBS working closely together this would not have been possible.

I look forward to working together again in the near future.'

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Stephen Martin

Managing Director

Project: DCC Manchester

'On Friday AMS received both practical completion and congratulations from the client (at all levels) on a job well done.

Can I also take this opportunity to thank everyone at DBS for their contribution on either delivery or support at this project and hopefully DCC will seek our services on future work.

Thank you and again... well done on an impressive achievement!'

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Paul Gardner

Project Director, Southern Region

Project: Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden - R&K Stage

'I'm writing to express my thanks for your company's contribution in the success of the Warner Bros R&K Stage project at Leavesden.

The Tour re-opened to the public on 28th March and the feedback we have had from all that have seen it has been excellent.

There is no doub, this project involved many challenges; but with your assistance, we were able to deliver the project ahead of programme and to a very satisfied client.

I want to thank you for your commitment and determination throughout the project which was a massive help to us achieving project completion.

I hope to work with you again soon!'

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Andrew Franklin


Project: The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

I want to thank you all for the amazing effort that you and your subbies have put in over the past 14 months - and especially the past 6 months when the tempo kicked up and the pressure was piled on.

There is no email size allowance that would let me showcase everything that has been done; from the temporary walkway and welcome centre which became an attraction in itself to shingles on the vestibule to the attention to detail in the Chocolate Frog Café and the sheer complications of reconfiguring the retail space it is all fantastic and required next level coordination and cooperation between trades.

What has been achieved would not have been possible without all of you and your willingness to go the extra mile to make it a success. And it has been a success, last night was the grand opening event and the comments from staff and visitors alike has been nothing but glowing, there are reports of visitors being in tears (of happiness) from the whole experience and it took a real team to achieve this.

It has been a genuine pleasure to work with you all and I hope that we are able to do so again soon.

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Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

David Edwards

Facilities Maintenance Manager

Project: K & R Stages

'Coming from a contracting background, I would just like to say that I have had a walk around K stage extension and R stage today, the design, the quality, the speed of the build and the M&E installation is incredible and a credit to all involved especially with keeping the best attraction in the world running whilst all these works are being carried out!'

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Shabir Hussain

Senior Project Manager, Acivico

Project: National College for High Speed Rail

‘ A real honour to share the fantastic team achievement for successfully delivering the National College for High Speed Rail project on time, within budget and to the demanding end user requirements! Our joint efforts have created an important high profile educational and economic asset for Birmingham, Midlands and the UK to stimulate the next generation of British engineers to take on the exciting opportunities offered by the UK and International Rail Sector. The past two years have been very enjoyable working with the Project Team …’

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Paul Shaw

Associate, Bond Bryan Architects

Project: National College for High Speed Rail

‘….. I also wanted to thank the DBS team for their work on this project. It’s fair to say that, timing wise, your introduction to the project was far from ideal which must have given you plenty of head-aches. Nevertheless, we were generally impressed with the way which you turned it around and on the whole managed to accommodate most of our Architectural whims! Hopefully we will all receive some good publicity from this project. You also now have the bonus of an in-house BIM expert in John Wensley!’

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Brian Ruddin

Senior Engineer - Core Network Transformation

Project: Tannochside

'The apprentices that you sent to Tannochside to remove the secure waste did a fantastic job and managed to clear everything, it was touch and go whether it could be do in time but we did have a bit of good luck when the first collection turned up. Please extend my thanks to Nathan, Nathan and Zac and of course Alan for getting on with the job, putting in the long hours and not complaining.

What a great bunch and thank you and your team for stepping in at short notice to help us out.'

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David S Wale

Construction Manager

Project: West Midlands Police HQ - Lloyd House

'I would invite you to join in with me in congratulating DBS for all their planning, efforts and works (often unsocial hours) that have gone in to give us all a trouble free transition of the critical rooms switch overs here at Lloyd House during the last few weeks, the last being the Armoury yesterday.

Please pass on my (WDC) sincere thanks to all DBS Team members involved here at Lloyd House, for all yours and their efforts to date in achieving the above, and obviously those that are now challenging you to reach our final goal. Your team on site are an asset and admiration that you can be proud of.

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Scott Millington

Contracts Manager

Project: EFA Schools Project

Just a quick email to say thank you to your team working on the EFA projects. Paul Nicolson and his team have worked in a very helpful and professional way to complete Reigate School and are well on with others.

Please could you pass on my thanks to all the team, and Paul in particular, who has put a lot of work into the final stages for the client who demanded a considerable amount of his time and paperwork.

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Bowmer & Kirkland Southern Region

Terry Passfield

Contracts Manager

Project: 1 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith

'I would like to express my sincere appreciation with the excellent installation your site team have achieved lead by Brian, Sean & Luke on the Hammersmith project.

It has been refreshing working with a M & E team that has such a professional work ethos.'

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Steve Creed

Consultant to the Education Funding Agency

'The ICT solution, decant and installation of the ICT M&E has been excellent, and all school and contractor staff involved have been incredibly helpful and flexible when required. Thanks to all those involved.'

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Bob Meechan

Project: B&Q Distribution Centre, Doncaster

'I need to send this mail to you to congratulate DBS on the works they have carried out for me over the last couple of weeks.

I have worked with you over many years on small works, major projects the lot and I have to say the results in the last few days have to me been right up there with DBS best achievements.

From placing the order to the completion of the job the service has been nothing but first class and it is a credit to DBS.

All levels of your organisation have been involved in some way or another and whoever it has been always gives their all and they are committed to the cause and conduct themselves in the right manner.

Finally I must say a massive thank you to “Rizo” who is something else.

He really is a special person and the work, hours and skill level he has produced over the last few days has been beyond belief.

I know what to expect when I work with DBS but I still felt I had to put something in writing following these recent project works.

Well done to all once again.'

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Warner Brothers

David Bisoni

SVP and Genral Counsel

Project: Warner Brothers Stages J, M & N

'I wanted to let you know that the feedback from our side on M Stage is fantastic. This is hard on heels of you finishing off J Stage.

I know we aren't always the easiest to deal with but your straightforward approach and professionalism has seen us through.

Thank you and the team for a job really well done.'

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Chris Radcliffe

Interior Identity Consultant

Project: Center Parcs, Woburn Forest

Before the dust finally settles amongst the pines and broad leaf trees at Woburn Forest, I would just like to offer my congratulations on the job and say, what a pleasure it has been to work with the DBS team on this prestigious scheme for Center Parcs.

Maber and I look forward to working with you all again.

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Daman Ranby


Project: Center Parcs, Woburn Forest

I just wanted to say your team down at Woburn have been faultless all the way through the project and a credit to the business. Brian has been solid as usual and more recently Mark Smith's input helped massively in getting systems commissioned. I'm sure I speak for everyone on my side of the fence, but lets put it this way, your involvement with Center Parcs on the larger schemes is in a much better place now than it was before!

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Mark Bacon

Regional Director, Building Engineering

Project: Imagination Data Centre

Following a rigorous tender and procurement procedure Bowmer and Kirkland were appointed for Phase 1 of the construction of a new data centre for a specialist technology client. Phase 1 involves the construction of the building, all infrastructure and the fit-out of the first of two data halls including initial client migration.

At all stages Bowmer and Kirkland have involved their building services contractor Derry Building Services.

In our opinion this type of association is considered a significant “tick in the box” for data centre projects. This is because the quality and coordination of the building services installation within the building provide an efficient, resilient and maintainable installation - key to the overall success of such projects.

Bowmer and Kirkland and Derry Building Services continue to liaise closely, working together seamlessly in a proactive an non-adversarial manner.

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Eaton Power Solutions

Russell West

Project: Talk Talk, Milton Keynes

Excellent job done by your guys as was expected, the customer is very happy with everything. Thanks very much for your help, expertise and speed of response.

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The FA Group

Peter West

Project Manager

Project: AHU4 Remedial Works

Just a short note to pass on our appreciation to all at Derry’s and Keith Slinn of Flaktwoods for the professional approach taken to carry out the remedial works to AHU 4 over the last couple of days.

While it took a little while (and some patience), the organisation and arrangements worked very well. It has been a good team effort by all involved.

With SGP being so busy we sometimes fail to take the opportunity to offer our appreciation for a job well done.

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Philip Griffiths

Automation Support Engineer

Project: AstraZeneca

I wanted to give some feedback (this has not been requested may I add) with regards to Derry’s whilst working with them throughout my time on the BioCel projects here at Alderley Park.

As a relatively new member to the area and the team myself I am more than aware the task to hand for all has been a challenging one. Amongst many things Derry’s have mainly been here to support the build and development of several complex automated platforms and I would like to thank Derry’s who have acted and responded in an extremely professional way with all aspects of the project – yes there have been challenges but given the scope and the overall demand on Rob and Sean in particular, they have maintained their integrity and professionalism to an exemplary level. I have worked with a vast variety of people both contract and AZ in my time here and their attitude and overall efforts have been outstanding and a real credit to Sam and Derry’s as a whole.

Sam and the guys, even with challenges in terms of expectation from SES, for example the technical file, have been more than willing to support all our needs and more to the point open about how to achieve this at our requests.

Overall, please take this as extremely positive feedback and I can say it has been an absolute pleasure to work with them in what could be described as one of the more challenging and demanding areas of the business to operate in.

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Christopher Myers

Project: Warner Brothers Studio, Leavesden

The reason for my letter is to pass my sincerest thanks onto you and your team for all of their efforts in completing the project. I know things were tough and that many of your team spent the best part of 18 months away from their family and friends, but their enthusiasm, professionalism and sense of fun and good natured spirit was always evident.

This is the very first time I have written a letter of thanks following the completion of a project, and I felt that in this instance it was the least that I could do.

I look forward to working with Derry Building Services Ltd again the future.

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Project: Temporary Relocation from Doncaster to Scunthorpe

I feel I have to put into writing the fantastic job Rizo has done this weekend. Without his superb work and knowledge we would not have been ready in time. You know how highly I rate Rizo and I believe this should be recognised, he is a real credit to his employers. Also thanks to Derry’s for the service I have become to expect from you.

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Les Henson

Operations Manager

Project: John Ferneley College

Can you please pass on my personal thanks and appreciation for the efforts your team have put in at Ferneley. The handover today went like clockwork and the Client, LCC, as well as the school were ‘over the moon’ with the new building. John paid particular tribute to Derry’s efforts in the progress meeting and commented on the smoothness of the whole design and build process from start to finish, a true sign of Partnering and Teamwork.

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Leicestershire County Council

John Humphries

Construction Manager

Project: John Ferneley College

Just a note to say a BIG thank you to you and your team for another excellent result delivered without ‘fuss’ and ahead of time. The acid test for engineering services of course is to see them work as the building is used; but you have helped create an excellent starting point. I am sure the building will receive national acclaim in Education and that it will stimulate all who have the privilege to work within it. Please pass on my sincere thanks to all the team for a job well done!

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Ian Smithies

M&E Projects Manager

Project: HVAC Works Changeover

Thanks for your continuing good work you and your team are completing on the SPoF Projects. Now more than ever we are all in the spotlight of the business and we must all maintain this very high level of attention to detail and never let ourselves become complacent.

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Ian Webb

Area Engineer

Project: AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood

I have worked with your team on site at Charnwood for a few years and want to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the way they work. I have not been asked to make comment but sometimes human nature is to be more vocal at complaining rather than praising. I have found all the team of similar commitment but I do single out Gary Harrison, Leigh Baillion, Sam Sissons and Colin Head for their dedication and professionalism. I am on the AZ UK Safe Systems of Work team and on many occasions have used Derrys risk assessments and method statements to demonstrate good working practice.

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Ian Webb

Area Engineer

Project: Leicestershire County Council General Works

Please find below a note from John Humphries thanking you all for the contribution to making the summer holiday works across a number of schemes a success delivering all work faces to a very high standard, on time and to very happy head teachers. A ‘thank you’ from the client goes a long way, making all the hard work worthwhile and I would like to add my thanks as well.

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John Humphries

Construction Manager

Project: Leicestershire County Council General Works

Just a note of special thanks and gratitude for the works you’ve undertaken during the holiday period. The works achieved at Long Field, St. Bots, St. Barts and KE7 were, at the outset, of great concern to me in terms of the shortage of time; but having been round all sites this morning you’ve allayed my fears by reaching completion. Could you please thank your teams and make them aware of my gratitude. This especially applies to Luke at Long Field which I think was a particularly difficult task.

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Rob Smith

Principal Production Engineer

Project: Aero Repair & Overhaul Derby

I would like to point out how extremely impressed I was by the positive and helpful attitude that Martin Marshall showed during his recent visits to the Rolls Royce AR&O facility D site Derby. A number of people commented on how polite he was and conscientious of his surroundings, which cannot be said for the majority of contractors that we have on site.

It was a pleasure to deal with Martin due to all of the above items and also because he ensured that he communicated both what he was doing and when he had completed his tasks and also confirming that he was leaving the site.

Everyone is eager to complain about aspects of work that have not gone to plan but no one seems to pass on praise when a job is well done but in this instance I believe that Martin’s employers should be made aware of how well he represents their company.

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Richard Davies

Project Manager

Project: B32 Re-Roof

The Derry Building Services site team exhibited a positive approach to resolving issues and helped to create a very positive environment within the Project Team. The success of the project was the relationship between the contractors and the users as the building was to remain operational for the duration, of which the DBS site team contributed significantly.

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Simon Attwood

Head of Sustainability & Continuous Development

Project: 12 Charles II Street, Piccadilly, London

You may be aware that we undertake ‘Quality Audits’ on all of our projects to review the finished quality of the works. On the 30th January 2009 we audited the above project and our Quality Award Panel gave your works a score of 9 out of 10. This score constitutes a Quality Award, and we would like to formally acknowledge this excellent achievement. We would be most grateful if you would pass on both our congratulations and thanks to the Project Team for all the time, effort and commitment that was clearly given to achieve this outstanding result.

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