From Thursday 1 March the HVCA will become B&ES - the Building & Engineering Services Association.
The membership of the HVCA has
voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the organisation to the Building
& Engineering Services Association.
The decision – which was reached at a special general meeting held in London on
Thursday 8 December, following a major consultation exercise undertaken across
the membership – achieved over 90% support.
In introducing the resolution to
re-brand, HVCA president Bob Shelley explained that independent research
carried out among members and their clients had revealed a widespread belief
that the HVCA name no longer fully reflected the scope of services provided by
Association members, which is “now much broader than simply h&v”.
“It is clear that clients do not
fully recognise the ever-widening range of services our members provide – nor
the increasing role they play in the integration of engineering systems in
today’s buildings, especially in relation to the growing trend towards
renewable and environmental technologies,” said the president.
“Following many months of
research, discussion, consultation and engagement with the membership, and
supported by branding and marketing professionals, my fellow officers and I
reached the conclusion that – as part of a much more comprehensive Plan for
Change and in order fully to reflect the Association’s already broadened
footprint – the time was right for the adoption of a new corporate identity.
“I am delighted that the
membership as a whole has taken the same view and given their wholehearted
support to this bold and historic initiative.”
The Association had long been
convinced of the need for the creation of an organisation to represent the
wider building and engineering services sector, said Mr Shelley – adding that
“HVCA is now ideally placed to become just such an organisation”.
This is the third time in its
107-year history that the Association has changed its name to reflect the
developing character of its membership – the most recent instance being in
“In those days, most members
thought of themselves as ‘heating and ventilating contractors’, a description
that few use now,” the president pointed out.
“Today, our membership embraces
many other specialisms, such as ventilation hygiene, refrigeration, air conditioning
and heat pumps, and facilities management services, all of which can be
accommodated under the ‘building and engineering services’ description.”
In welcoming the decision of the
membership, chief executive Blane Judd stressed that the re-branding was just
one element in a “re-positioning” exercise that would enable the Association to
provide its members with a wider range of services, enhance its influence on
Government and across the wider construction industry, and provide a “natural
home for all specialists within building and engineering services”.
“It also acknowledges the
increasing clients’ emphasis on an integrated, one-stop-shop approach to the
procurement of building and engineering services, and satisfies their wish for
a broader-based organisation that is able to respond to ever-changing
requirements,” Mr Judd concluded.