Synecore’s M&E Contracting Services Prove Instrumental in Pret A Manger National Roll Out

Synecore Fulfils the Mechanical and and Electrical Engineering Requirements for 27 Pret A Manger Sites

Everyone knows Pret A Manger, or ‘Pret’ as it is commonly abbreviated to. It has undoubtedly become THE sandwich shop of the high street on a global scale, and here in the UK, this healthy eatery is further enhancing its property portfolio, with the help of Kent M&E Contractor, Synecore.



Based in Detling, Synecore has established a strong client-base within the hospitality sector. It’s all-encompassing mechanical, electrical and refrigeration design, installation and maintenance services offer a comprehensive solution for many restaurants, retailers and hotels. With a professional service and national infrastructure, Synecore is well placed to fulfil the M&E needs of all its clients anywhere in the UK.

One of the latest addition to Synecore’s impressive client list is Pret A Manger. The M&E Contractor is currently in the process of finalising the mechanical and electrical contracts for 27 Pret sites throughout the UK. The size of the sites ranges from ‘Petit Prets’ – small kiosks in stations, hospitals, airports and shopping centres – to multi-level outlets with substantial customer seating areas.

The Kent-based M&E firm established the relationship with Pret A Manger in 2017. Having realised the company’s vast experience supporting national roll-out programmes for the likes of Leon Restaurants, Wasabi, Frankie and Benny’s, Comptoir Lebanese, Chiquito, Five Guys and many more, Pret has been utilizing the firm for its national expansion plans ever since.

Synecore’s understanding of the tight time scales associated with hospitality development schedules have been instrumental in the progress of 27 Pret sites to date. Meticulous planning, communication and professional installation have played a major role in allowing these new Pret outlets to begin trading in the required time scale.

The first Pret site completed by Synecore was in Kingston Upon Thames Railway Station. Like most of the Pret sites, the mechanical and electrical contract involved a complete strip out of the existing utilities and installation of new electrics, power, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

“On average, each Pret A Manger site takes between five to six weeks for completion, depending on the size” explains Gary Piper, Synecore’s HVAC Manager. “We are generally working on 13 or more projects for various clients across the UK at any one time. Sometimes, we are required onsite within just two weeks.  Therefore, having a national infrastructure of project managers, engineers and suppliers is vital to us delivering the high-level service our clients have become accustomed to.

“The same can be said for our in-house Project Administration team, who ensure all the right resources are in the right place at the right time with the appropriate permits. Our operation to support hospitality clients, like Pret, really is comparable to a military operation. That is why our clients choose us to take care of their national roll-out programmes.”

M&E Contract for Pret A Manger, Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds

Most recently, the Kent- based M&E contractor completed the new Pret A Manger site at Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds. The contract entailed a full electrical fit-out to accommodate the back-and front-of-house layout, power supply for refrigeration equipment, lighting design, coffee making and till point facilities, and data cabling.

The mechanical aspect involved the design and installation of a full heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Synecore installed a Mitsubishi Electric WR2 VRF system to provide duel comfort cooling and heating throughout. The HVAC engineers installed five ceiling cassette units in the front-of-house and kitchen, plus a wall mounted unit in the staff area.

The entire M&E project was completed in just five weeks.

To find out more about Synecore M&E services for the hospitality sector, please contact our team.


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