Leading national engineering specialist, SES Engineering Services (SES), has strengthened its senior team as it continues to expand its market-leading prefabrication facility, Prism Offsite Manufacturing, with the appointment of Lewis Jones as General Manager.
Lewis joins SES and Prism after a 30-year career with Laing O’Rourke in which he oversaw an array of engineering, plant, joinery, manufacturing and offsite projects both in the UK and the Middle East.
Based at Prism’s dedicated offsite manufacturing facility in Huntington, York, Lewis will be responsible for leading the offsite and prefabrication charge at the heart of SES’ dynamic £300m national growth strategy.
With a 60-strong team, Prism has been at the forefront of offsite modular and prefabrication innovation in the UK, growing year on year. The team has been instrumental in delivering game-changing cost and time efficiency savings as well as health and safety and logistical benefits for SES with stand-out award-winning work at Drax Power Station, Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing and London’s King’s Cross redevelopment.
As part of his new role at SES, the UK’s first and only M&E specialist contractor to achieve full BRE BIM Level 2 accreditation, Lewis will oversee Prism’s continued expansion and says he is excited about the challenge ahead.
Lewis comments: “In my short time here, I’ve been extremely impressed by the whole team, its commercial awareness and the outstanding level of innovation coming from the factory floor.
“However, where Prism and SES have truly exceeded is in their ability to transfer those ideas into demonstrable and game-changing time, cost, logistical and safety benefits. We have a network of offsite ambassadors across the business, championing the cause because they’ve seen what can be delivered.”
Lewis will be looking to expand upon Prism’s recent successes such as the creation of a purpose-built ‘onsite offsite’ hub in Rosyth which reduced transport delivery times and costs on the Queensferry Crossing project, and innovations such as its ongoing roll-out of prefabricated service cupboards, incorporating all essential mechanical and electrical plant and equipment and dramatically reducing installation time, safety risks and costs on residential projects across London.
Lewis continues: “A major strong point is the strength and innovation of our products and the success of the ‘cupboards’, on the King’s Cross projects and current works at One Bank Street with Canary Wharf Contractors, shows that standardised high-end products are critical.
“We will continue to build on the quality of our work and the upskilling of our team. Our dream is to realise, alongside our clients, the true time and cost benefits of early offsite involvement on projects designed and built with high-end standardised prefabrication at their heart; true component-led design.”
Jason Knights, SES’ Managing Director commented: “We welcome Lewis to the team. Lewis’ appointment is strategically important as it reflects the importance and commitment we place in offsite manufacturing, which is at the heart of our three-year growth plan.
“The market-leading capability of our Prism team and our clients’ confidence in our prefabrication expertise is unique, and as such, we continue to strengthen our senior team with the industry’s finest offsite experts. Lewis will work in tandem with recently appointed Midlands and South West Regional Director Steve Tovey, in order to build on our impressive portfolio of high-profile projects.
“Prism’s innovative alternative to labour-intensive, time consuming on-site production and assembly, has been a cornerstone of SES’ success and we believe the continued expansion of Prism has the capacity to redefine the possibilities of offsite.”