Paul Bartlett

Director (Building Services Contracting)

Paul has been recruiting within Building Services Engineering since 1988, offering over 30 years’ experience fulfilling the staffing requirements of leading Building Services clients in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia, typically recruiting M&E Site Engineers, Supervisors, Project Engineers, Project Managers, Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Commercial Managers.
Paul joined Human Capital Solutions in 2018 to establish the M&E Contracting division. Many of Paul’s clients who have experienced his high standards and work ethic return to him year after year to satisfy their staffing requirements.


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Mechanical Estimator (Building Services) - London (City) - £65 - 75k

To £75k, Penson, 25 Days Holiday

Looking for full autonomy with the support of flexible working?

This opportunity for a Mechanical Estimator offers just that and more!

Working from an office in The City, close to Moorgate and Liverpool Street, you will have the option not to be in the office 5 days a week.

The business was established by individuals who have previously worked together, bringing over 40 years of industry experience to the table. They established themselves within a rapid period achieving structured growth both in turnover and with the addition of new Clients.

Existing Clients return, offering repeat work where some prices are negotiated. Tenders typically range from £250k - £10m, the sweet spot is circa. £3-4m. Working alongside various established Tier 1 Main Contractors, sectors include Residential, Commercial, Hotels, Mission Critical and Healthcare.

You will take full responsibility for all aspects of the tender from initial enquiry to submittal.

You will attend pre, mid and post tender meetings. This role will suit an aspiring Mechanical Estimator who may be restricted in their current role and keen to step up where career progression will be encouraged.

Salary circa. £65/75k, 25 Days Holiday & Pension

MEP Project Manager (Design & Construct)

& Excellent Package

MEP Project Manager (Design & Construct) – Pharmaceutical / Laboratories

Hertfordshire - To £75K & good benefits package

Reporting to the Building Services Project Director, you will initially take responsibility as a Design Lead, taking the brief and overseeing the early Design stage confirming a smooth transition into the Construction phase Co-ordinating and Managing the MEP Building Services packages.

You will demonstrate a previous experience in Mechanical (HVAC), Electrical (Building Services) or Public Health (Hot and Cold-Water Services, Medical Gasses, Purified Water, Steam etc) Design, ensuring the project you are responsible for is delivered within budget, on time and meets the Clients requirements.

There is flexibility as to where you work, either office based in Hertfordshire or site based typically twice a week where you will check the progress against the programme, check the quality of the Contractors installations and flag up any design issues to the MEP Design team and the Construction Managers.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Processing of change orders
  • Preparing and reviewing job cost reports
  • Submit drawings to necessary authorities for approvals.
  • Co-ordinate all functions of design and engineering departments to ensure timely completion of the project.
  • Resolving any challenges with Clients and Sub-Contractor
  • Ensuring an efficient hand over to the client.

You will ideally be professionally qualified with a Degree in Building Services, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in an Engineering, Design or Construction Environment. Holding a Project Management qualification such as Prince 2, APM or Agile would be advantageous.

An ability to produce a detailed Design, Construction and Commissioning programme.

Previous experience working on complex Life Science or Mission Critical type projects would be beneficial.

MEP Project Manager

£60/65k, Car Allowance, Penson, Healthcare, Bonus

The world is changing!! Our Client is responding!!

If you are an M&E Project Manager looking to escape Sub-Contracting , come to the “other side” I want to hear from you!

An opportunity has been created for a client-facing MEP Project Manager with a strong Building Services background working with a Financial Services Client for a major refurbishment project in London. They have an existing in-house team of Architects and Building Services Engineers who design and implement new build and refurbishment projects which can range extensively in scale.

You will have the flexibility of working between the Client office (site) and home. It is envisaged that the role will become more site-based during construction. It will be advantageous to you to have the capacity to work from home safely and in compliance with the DSE regulations.

You be able to demonstrate experience in managing construction (with an MEP focus) of live, listed buildings (Grade I or II). Have experience in a client facing role providing project management services (in particular strategic, front-end planning). Administering the JCT suite of contracts either as the Employer's Agent (JCT D&B) or Contract Administrator (JCT SBC).

Show a complete track record of delivering projects during all lifecycle phases using best practice project management standards with awareness or appreciation of construction management & methodologies (i.e. phasing and sequencing of construction activities as well as enabling works required to mitigate issues surrounding noisy and dusty works in an occupied building)

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Act as Agent to the Client in all construction project management activity. Projects are typically defined as works exceeding £50k in value for the purposes of this contract and range in value from £50k to £8m.
  • Advise on the recommended procurement route and project schedule as required
  • Responsible for the fit-out / construction schedule (using Microsoft Project) incorporating phasing and sequencing of works and details on staff transition/relocation plan.
  • Liaise with and co-ordinate the design and construction team and manage the overall Design, Construction and completion of the Project.
  • Acquire from the consultants, Main Contractor, Trade Contractors and others all documents, drawings, maps, models, photographs and other records necessary for the proper performance of the Project Management Services. 
  • Provide information emanating from the Client and its advisers to the consultants and to the Main Contractor from time to time to enable them to carry out their respective duties.
  • Maintain schedules of progress and review meetings and keep Client informed of same, attend all meetings called by the Client in relation to the Project. 
  • Provide such assistance as the Client may reasonably require in pursuing each remedy that it may have against any Main Contractor, Trade Contractor or his consultants.
  • Advise the Client of any material breach, of which the Project Manager becomes aware, by any of the consultants of any of their respective obligations in relation to the Project.
  • Ensure that that all projects comply with CDM 2015, and that all legislation and regulations have been adhered to.
  • Arrange for all necessary investigations of the Site to be carried out (including, but not limited to, line and level survey, rights of light, party walls.).

Liaise with internal and external stakeholders on the following:

  • Review and approve RAMS / liaise with the Front of House team to send out comms prior to any works being carried out.
  • Coordinate and align resources with FM and security team prior to any works being carried out.
  • Work closely with Cost Consultants to manage cost, address any commercial issues, and monitor project progress & cash flow.
  • Work closely with MEP Consultants to manage project scope and resolve any technical issues.
  • Work closely with internal Procurement team to appoint consultants and contractors, and procure client direct materials/items, etc.
  • Periodic reporting to Project Sponsor (Head of Projects).

Mechanical Project Manager (Small-Works)

£70-80k / £375-400 Day Rate

Mechanical Project Manager (Small-Works)


£70/80k / £400 Day rate

This opportunity offers full autonomy and great flexibility as you will have the entire work / life balance by splitting your week between Office / Site and home. You can be paid PAYE or a Day Rate through a Limited Company.

Reporting to the Managing Director, you will take complete ownership of all aspects of the Project from Pre-Construction, through Build to Delivery / Handover to the Client.

You will be able to demonstrate a stable employment history showing examples of this stages where you have delivered Mechanical Building Services Projects typically ranging from £50k - £2m.

This role has been created as a result of the business securing contracts, so it is an excellent time to join this company and moving forward play an integral part of their growth and success.

This role is immediate so please call me to be considered.


Electrical Project Engineer / Manager / TSM

To £70k & Excellent Benefits Package

Electrical Project Engineer / Manager / TSM - Essex / London

Can you see yourself responsible for all the Electrical aspects in a prestigious house in London valued in excess of £60m where one of the floors has an artist designing a 3D concrete rainforest on one of the walls costing circa. £1m?

Or providing the Electrical services for a well-recognised London Restaurateur where the setting is a Greek theme?

These will be your initial projects where you will take responsibility for managing the Design, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning where you will work alongside and be fully supported by a Mechanical TSM.

This Client has excelled within their space since their inception over 25 years ago where two colleagues established the business that has become a leader within specialist woodcraft producing high end innovative Joinery predominately within Luxury Residential, Hotels & Restaurants.

There was a demand to incorporate M&E Services, these are normally 10-15% of the project value. Typical M&E values range from £200k – 2m.

With over 100 staff, a turnover exceeding £40m, named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer and having a project open by HM The Queen where they were responsible for the entire joinery fit out, they have become a business where people want to work.

Why would you want to work with them?

They made no pay cuts or any redundancies during the pandemic, they have continued to deliver high profile projects including this year their largest Residential development in London.

Staff retention is highly acknowledged and is much lower than the industry average, many of their staff have been with them for over 20 years

Offering an excellent work / life balance your typical week will comprise of working from home, office (Essex) or on site, typically in London. Ideally you will be Essex based for ease of working in the office close to Brentwood.


The rewards include:

·        A generous basic salary

·        25 Days Annual Holiday

·        Pension

·        Healthcare

·        Travel expenses to and from site

Senior / Lead Mechanical Estimator - London


Senior / Lead Mechanical Estimator – London (City)

Proud to be retained by a Director I have recruited for, for over 25 years to recruit a Mechanical Estimator for the London office.


Offering full autonomy where you will have daily access and a good working relationship with passionate owners of a extremely stable and progressive M&E Contractor who will support your every move. They are always in the news for the right reasons!

As a Mechanical Estimator you should be ambitious, hardworking and keen to develop your career to achieve Lead Estimator / Estimating Manager. status.

You will take responsibility for all aspects of a tender from enquiry to submittal. Projects could be a Pipework Package through to a complete Mechanical scheme ranging from £1-10m typically within Commercial, Residential, Mixed-Use and Healthcare schemes.

This role will suit an aspiring Estimator looking to step up or a seasoned Estimator who can demonstrate leadership whose next role is Estimating Manager.



Privately owned Building Services Contractor based near Liverpool Street, EC2 where the Directors and Owners are extremely hands on ensuring their visibility to staff. Offering a wealth of experience delivering high profile and innovative Projects across all work sectors in a vibrant and flexible working environment where all staff are treated as integral parts of the business. No glass ceiling is set as individuals are fully supported and encouraged to further their careers.

For a discreet conversation, call me and we can catch up over a coffee.

If you are looking for stability, the opportunity to work autonomously, career focussed this role ticks all the boxes.

Assistant M&E Estimators


Assistant Mechanical and Electrical Estimators - Suffolk
Feeling undervalued, not getting the support and career development you desire?
Want to join a practice where you are strongly encouraged to succeed?

Working alongside the Head of Estimating for a turnkey M&E Contractor based near Newmarket in Suffolk, you will be fully supported by Senior Estimators in the preparation and submittal of tenders typically ranging from £200k - £10m. In-house training and external courses will also be offered.

The business has been particularly successful in securing many new projects in 2021 and have an extremely healthy pipeline of enquires and secured work moving forward.
You will live within North Essex, Cambridgeshire and be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the Estimating including determining material and labour costs (as well as overheads), preparing and submitting project bids.
Duties will include:
·        Identifying and building up cost estimates by analysing the materials and labour needed to complete projects.
·        Liaising and communicating effectively with customers, suppliers and sub-contractors.
·        Reviewing residential, industrial and commercial building plans in order to determine the Mechanical or Electrical needs of a project.
·        Reviewing supplier prices in order to determine how much each individual element costs and then negotiating to establish the best prices.
·        Ability to analyse and assess multiple data points, including drawings, material costs and timelines to deliver an accurate estimate on time and within budget.
·        High analytical and mathematical skills which requires an estimator to ensure that their calculations are accurate and correct to keep jobs profitable.
·        Determining the potential profitability of projects to assist management in making sound bidding decisions.

M&E CAD Technician - Suffolk

£40/45k & Excellent Benefits Package

This turn-key M&E Contractor has always adopted an employee first approach to business where they continue to invest heavily in ongoing CPD and training and development for their employees and believe that a business is only as good as the people they employ and the values their employees believe in.

This employee first mindset has allowed them to continue to grow, and despite Covid they didn’t make anyone redundant or place anyone on furlough.

They are keen to appoint a Building Services M&E CAD Technician to join their team in Suffolk where you will be involved on various Projects in around Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire & London.

M&E Construction Managers

To £70k & Excellent Package

My client is a Building Services Contractor recognised for delivering large, complex schemes. They continue to win flagship projects, predominately in London. Holding a presence within Building Services for over 70 years they continue to hand-over high profile M&E projects resulting in many repeat orders from satisfied Clients.

With a strong pipeline of work moving forward, the Managing Director has confirmed the need to appoint further M&E Construction Managers to strengthen Project teams, currently on large Commercial Shell & Core & Fit out schemes up to £20m.

You will ideally have served a Mechanical or Electrical apprenticeship, be able to demonstrate a good grounding “on the tools” and be conversant with the following:

  • Keeping Project Manager updated on site progress
  • Toolbox talks
  • Co-ordinating meetings between Sub-Contractors
  • Planning of direct and sub-contract labour
  • Site logistics including arranging delivery of materials
  • Reviewing and approving of Sub-contractor RAMS
  • Ensuring all Health & Safety compliances are adhered to


M&E Project Engineers & Managers (Residential)

To £60k & Excellent Benefits Package

Great to see the Residential space continuing to flourish.

My Client has worked within the Residential sector for over 60 years and boasts an excellent pipeline of recently secured work.

They are looking to appoint Mechanical and Electrical Project Engineers and Managers who can demonstrate good knowledge of the Residential sector. You will become part of a business who have been active within Building Services Engineering for over 100 years.

They pride themselves on staff retention as many of thier current staff have come through Training & Apprenticeships in house, results show their delivery of high profile Residential schemes including high specification apartments, prestigious houses and high rise developments which often result in repeat business. All MEP services are installed including Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Hot & Cold Water, Electrical, CCTV, Small Power, Plumbing & Drainage.

Team building days and social events are strongly encouraged and supported along with CPD and any training and courses.

  • Salary - £46/60k
  • Car Allowance - £4-5k
  • Pension - 4-5%
  • Healthcare (BUPA)
  • Travel
  • 25 Days Annual Holiday

BMS Commissioning Engineer

To £45k, Vehicle / Allowance, Pension, 25 Days Holiday

  • BMS Commissioning Engineer
  • Kent based – Sites predominately London & The South-East with some further afield
  • To £45k, Vehicle / Allowance, Pension, 25 Days Holiday

The owners of this business fully support flexibility and provide a great work / life balance. They have remained hands on from Day 1 continuing to strategically improve and strengthen the company with sustained growth within the Building Services sector. The office near Sevenoaks is modern with an excellent vibe as supporting others has become the norm. Staff retention is proudly displayed, many staff remain employed from inception 10 years ago.

Functions, days out and team building events have featured regularly and ensuring staff wellbeing is paramount.

Established within the Energy Sector working with numerous blue-chip clients. A key part of their development strategy is to supplement the BMS division with key people to allow them to enhance their service offering and assisting the business in future growth therefore servicing larger contracts. They are keen to break the mould by moving away from the traditional BMS approach and establishing new and improved ways of working but still delivering on Client’s expectations. Therefore, you should share their vision of wanting to grow with the business and being part of the long-term career plan.

The role would consist of predominantly site based BMS commissioning work. As they support projects nationwide, the role will require travel and the possibility of staying away if the project dictates. However, they do allocate works in a grouping to ensure the best approach as possible.

Job Role:

  • Site commissioning of BMS through to successful client witnessing and handover
  • Site BMS/Energy audits
  • Site PPM/ Reactive maintenance visits
  • Preparation of detailed site survey reports & audits for client submissionProduction and understanding of BMS software (Trend & Siemens PX & PRIVA) for new projects and modification of existing software
  • A good underlying electrical and mechanical knowledge
  • The ability to understanding the different stages of a project from conception to completion and the roles and responsibility of the BMS within that project
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to use all Microsoft Office packages including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word as a minimum

Technical Knowledge:

  • Experience and knowledge of HVAC / Mechanical plant and equipment operation
  • Experience of BMS Control Panel design (new and existing panels)
  • Fully Trend, Siemens PX and Priva trained – Training can be provided
  • Experienced with Integration of 3rd Party Systems (MODBUS/MBus/BACNET)
  • Experience of open protocol systems and awareness of new developments & trends in the market.

Health & Safety:

  • Be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety requirements
  • Up to date CSCS Card & SSSTS Card

Personal Skills:

  • Numeracy skills essential
  • Excellent timekeeping and presentable
  • Excellent communication skills at various levels internal and external
  • Problem solving using own resources
  • Time management
  • The ability to work individually and as part of a team

Electrical Estimators (x2)

£45/55k, Car / Allowance, Pension & Healthcare

Looking to avoid the daily commute into London?

My client, an M&E Sub-Contractor has an office close to Windsor, they are extremely active that warrants opportunities for 2 Electrical Estimators.


An award-winning Building Services Contractor who has been recognised by various institutions for their delivery of high-profile Building Services M&E projects on time and of an extremely high standard.


You will be computer literate and confident in preparing and submitting Electrical tenders from £250K to £2M for the small works division or be an Estimator who enjoys pricing larger Electrical projects to £15M for the major projects department.
Sectors are varied and include Commercial (Fit out & Shell & Core), Mixed-Use, Residential and Listed Buildings.


  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience as an Electrical Estimator within Building Services Engineering
  • Proficient in material take off.
  • Knowledge of Amtech Estimation software.
  • To undertake tenders by reviewing and completing the tender forms and ensure they are within the given specifications. Perform evaluation of the tenders and provide the pricing in a timely manner.
  • Confident in Mid Tender and Post Tender Interviews in front of the client team.
  • Liaising with the subcontract supply chain to ascertain and achieve compliancy.
  • Able to identify Value Engineering opportunities and present these to the client.
  • Happy to work on their own running two to three enquiries at a time simultaneously.
  • Able to work alongside the other electrical and / or mechanical estimators as well as independently within a busy estimating projects department.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office software.