Architecting Efficiency: RIBA's Success in Revamping Building Maintenance Leadership


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) sought an Engineering and Maintenance Manager to oversee all aspects of building hard services, including HVAC, to ensure a safe, well-serviced, and cost-effective working environment. This role was critical for maintaining the highest standards of building service and compliance with statutory requirements.

The Challenge

RIBA required a candidate with extensive experience in managing mechanical and engineering plant systems, a thorough understanding of HVAC, and the ability to develop and manage both planned and reactive maintenance schedules. The role also demanded strong contract management skills, a solid grasp of health and safety regulations, and the capability to handle budget forecasting and project management.

The ideal candidate needed:

• A BTEC/BEng in Engineering, Mechanical Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

• Full Electrical qualification including BS 7671 17th Edition and City & Guilds 2391 Electrical Testing and Inspection.

• A formal Health & Safety Qualification (minimum IOSH Managing Safely).

• Extensive experience in managing Building Services Mechanical & Engineering Plant and HVAC systems.

• Strong knowledge of Health & Safety and Fire Regulations.

• Experience in maintaining best practice M&E in office environments and mixed-use buildings.

• Excellent communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office.

The Results

We successfully identified and placed a highly qualified candidate for the role of Engineering and Maintenance Manager at RIBA. The selected candidate brought a wealth of experience in facilities management, exceptional knowledge of regulatory requirements, and outstanding organisational skills.

Upon joining, the new Engineering and Maintenance Manager immediately began enhancing operational effectiveness. They successfully developed and implemented maintenance schedules, managed M&E contracts efficiently, ensured rigorous health and safety compliance, and provided robust support across various departments. Their leadership has led to improved maintenance services, better compliance with statutory requirements, and more efficient budget management.