One-stop M&E service provider
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Oakray is a mechanical and electrical services provider, specialising in the areas of commercial and domestic heating, electrical services, and security solutions
When a single company has been providing buildings support to a host of local authorities, social landlords, NHS trusts, and private sector clients for more than 35 years, the diversity of its clientele and the sheer longevity of the partnerships with said institutions say more than enough about the reputation and reliability of the business in question. Such is the case with Oakray – an Enfield-based organisation with an impeccable record of delivering mechanical, electrical, and security solutions to commercial and domestic clients alike.
Family-owned to this day, Oakray lives and breathes the traditional values of quality workmanship and pride in the job that were the guiding light for the late founder of the company, Ray Franklin. Presently, Oakray is wholly-owned by the Ray Franklin Will Trust, with integrity and transparency being at the core of the business, alongside a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.
Through its team of highly-qualified engineers and technicians, the organisation offers expertise and experience across a broad range of disciplines. From design and installation through to planned maintenance and emergency callout and repairs, Oakray’s services include commercial and domestic heating, electrical services, and security services.
Some of the commercial heating services delivered by Oakray include CHP systems; air conditioning and ventilation systems; asset surveys, provision of asset registers, and condition surveys; boiler maintenance; and statutory maintenance. In addition, the company is an expert in the design, installation, and repair of district heating plant rooms and pre-insulated mains pipework. As such, it is able to provide a comprehensive service for this efficient and environmentally-superior system for distributing heat generated in a centralised location.
Speaking of environmental superiority, over the years, Oakray has also grown an expertise in all types of renewable energy that enables it to tailor strategies for its customers that help the latter reduce their carbon emissions, cut costs, and ensure compliance with relevant government energy legislation. Among the solutions the company can offer, are air source and ground source heat pumps, solar thermal heating systems, recoVAIR systems, solar photovoltaic panel installation, LED lighting schemes, smart metering, energy control systems, and full design and specification service.
As regards Oakray’s domestic heating services proposition, the business has made a name for itself as one of the leading specialist contractors in the London region, demonstrating best practices in fields such as pressurised systems installation and maintenance, system power flushing, underfloor heating, water treatment, planned preventative maintenance to heating and hot water systems, and full reactive repairs and emergency callout service. What is more, its Gas Safe-registered engineers provide a broad range of testing and certification services including statutory maintenance, testing and certification; landlord certification; and glycol efficiency tests.
Oakray’s ability to provide a complete solution extends into the electrical services field, too. Under this division, the company delivers industrial and commercial installations; domestic rewires and upgrades; mains, sub-mains, and distribution installations; external, security and emergency lighting; fire alarms; electric heating; energy saving schemes and energy audits; preventative and predictive maintenance; as well as round-the-clock emergency callout.
Notably, Oakray’s trusted supply chain specialists also have the expertise to provide full building cover. The team are skilled in delivering services for lifts and escalators; access control systems; security systems; auto doors; hoists and shutter maintenance and repairs UPS systems; and generators and gas suppression systems. Furthermore, the business can offer solutions for lightning protection, alongside asset and condition surveys.
Last but by no means least, Oakray’s security services encompass access control, CCTV, and automation. From small four-way audio entry systems to IP digital video entry systems for large apartment blocks, the company works closely with its customers to accurately meet their needs. Partnering with trusted manufacturers, it can arrange demonstrations, training, and sample systems prior to installation, to ensure that the system is a perfect match for a client’s technical and financial requirements.
From a CCTV point of view, the provider’s services include analogue and digital CCTV installation, together with full HD IP addressable system and DVR/NVR builds installation and maintenance. Its specialised engineers keep themselves fully up-to-date with industry advances by regularly attending manufacturer/industry specific training. They are also aware of the impact of data protection legislation on the work carried out and this knowledge enables them to offer the best possible solutions. To cap its proposition in the area off, Oakray also supplies a planned maintenance service. Cameras, recorders, and communication are all tested regularly to ensure that security is maintained at all times.
Finally, the company’s in-depth security services expertise covers the installation and maintenance of communal entrance doors, car park gates, and automatic ventilation systems connected to fire alarms in communal areas. It also carries out installations for Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliance, creating bespoke solutions based on the needs of the user identified by occupational therapists.
A key advantage for Oakray is the fact that it delivers and manages all of its security services from one department in-house. This makes the company the ideal partner to integrate all three technologies into one solution. In fact, many of the schools that have chosen to work with Oakray take advantage of this opportunity, combining controlled access through automatic doors via a fob, along with CCTV monitoring that switches on automatically when a fob is used to ensure that only an authorised person enters and that no one follows them in.
Having reviewed the wide range of services Oakray is capable of delivering, it is no wonder that the company continues to experience excellent growth – a trend that has been as patent as ever in the last ten years. As the business celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019, it felt a good time to present and celebrate its legacy, with the firm having every reason to believe that it will continue on its upward trajectory in the years to come.
Services: Mechanical, electrical, and security services