Through our organic growth over the previous 33 years we have retained our close family spirit and culture, bringing a warm and friendly approach to our contracts and projects.

I am passionate about keeping the mentality and ethos of our company in line with the beliefs and values of the O’Hanlon family. As chairwoman I take an active role in steering the long term future and direction of East West Connect as we continue our track record of client satisfaction and successfully completed projects, whilst further growing our company through sensible and natural expansion.

Kathleen O’Hanlon, Chairwoman

Over 160 directly employed staff

We encourage and support employee training, further qualification, and internal development.

A friendly, non contractual approach

We work hand in hand with our clients to manage their contracts in a manner that best suits them.

Engineering and maintenance experts

We hold accreditations across all building services, allowing us to fully complete works in-house.

building a legacy of high quality, sustainable services

Our experienced staff take pride and ownership in their works, creating lasting relationships with our clients and fellow contractors

Our engineering and maintenance departments work closely with our clients to find further value and efficiency in the systems that we work upon. As services upgrade specialists, we are able to use our deep knowledge of historic and modern building services to reduce energy use and increase the lifecycle of plant and systems. 

We favour repeat business, and we have long term relationships with numerous clients including the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Household, and Sussex University.

Through strategic partnerships we are able to plan and undertake complex works with a lasting benefit, incorporating and co-ordinating the needs of all parties on a contract to ensure that our installations meet the long-term needs of the end user.

"I have to say that East West Connect have been an excellent principal contractor to work with. Mark Lapthorn has been consistently excellent in driving a significant and complex MEP programme of works."

Barry Igoe, Royal Household

"East West Connect have brought the passion and personal commitment of an SME to a large complex project whilst delivering with a high level of professionalism that comes from a large seasoned main contractor."

Angus Duguid, Capita

"We count ourselves lucky to be able to count on East West Connect as a partner contractor. They are proactive where possible and responsive where needed. They are always ready and available to help."

Rob Hardy, Catalyst

"We were very happy with the installation. We enjoyed working with East West Connect very much, particularly due to your flexibility."

Masaaki Miyaki, Takenaka

"East West Connect were very accommodating with the client and myself, they went over and above what we would expect a contractor to do."

Darren Feldman, University of Sussex

"We were happy with the overall standard of workmanship, and communication was good in all areas."

Steve Cooper, Donban

"East West Connect's collaborative ‘can do’ attitude and ability to integrate into an existing project structure has made them our go to contractor for heritage projects in the South East."

Trevor Marrs, Shepley Engineers

"The manner in which the works were undertaken must be applauded; the engineering staff went above and beyond requirements"

Brendan Keilthy, McGee

“East West Connect have brought value to the project by offering both development to the engineered solutions, and cost and time savings."

Mark Vaughan, City of Westminster Council

“East West Connect approached this project in a refreshingly energetic way, developing a selection of innovative solutions."

Gavin Sturrock, Frankham

“From conception East West Connect offered a fresh approach to engage with and managing the multiple stakeholders within the National Theatre."

Kieron Lillis, National Theatre

“It was a very busy time for us and East West Connect played an important part in ensuring we were ready for the club opening."

Mary Whittaker, House of St Barnabas

“I have found East West Connect's staff to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic and often prepared to go that extra mile."

Mark Parsons, Harrow School

“East West Connect have some amazing, energetic, talented, passionate people, they are a dynamic M&E contractor that I have enjoyed working with."

Barbara Welch, Royal Household

“East West Connect and their directors have always provided a proactive and cooperative service in a non confrontational manner."

John Knight, Knight Harwood

“I have no hesitation in recommending East West Connect as they provide a first rate service and are non-confrontational when it comes to resolving problems at site level."

Paul Mott, MTT

“The quality of their reporting is good, and we appreciate the format that they are presented in."

Adam Stubbs, Royal Household

"East West Connect has shown they have the expertise and capacity to help us deliver our contracts to the highest standards of quality expected by both ourselves and our clients."

Tom O’Toole, TTP

"I was extremely satisfied with the service provided by East West Connect, their reporting and validations were very thorough."

Tom Campbell, The ICA

"The standard of workmanship was really good. It was clean, neat, and tidy with good quality finishes. The setting out had been thought through."

Mark Smith, GMS Engineering

"I am very happy with East West Connect's safety and quality controls and standards."

Masaaki Miyake, Takenake

"East West Connect are proactive, engaged and solutions driven - the contractor proposals are well thought-out technically and bring benefit to the delivery."

Mark Spence, Sir Robert McAlpine

Our History



  • We were founded as East West Electric, a specialist electrical sub-contractor by the late John O’Hanlon

First Office

  • Having grown over 4 years of trading, we moved to our first office at 711 North Circular Road, London

Maintenance Works

  • We won our first major maintenance contract with Catalyst Housing Group, at the time Kensington Housing Trust, to provide planned maintenance services throughout their portfolio

East West Connect

  • Having grown our mechanical services expertise as well as our in-house maintenance department, the decision was made to rename the company to East West Connect Ltd

New Leadership

  • Marcus Allen was appointed managing director and has continued to build upon the long term relationships within our business, whilst also bringing in new and highly prestigious works

Further Growth

  • We have continued to take on larger and more intricate projects across all disciplines. Our maintenance capability has also grown, following the establishment of our joint venture to serve Catalyst Housing, Chas West

Our Senior Staff

Thanks for dropping by to say hello! Click on a member of our team below to learn more about them and their role.

Kathleen O’Hanlon


Marcus Allen

Managing Director

Ross Carroll

MEP Director

Kevin Tannian

Maintenance Director

Niraj Tanna

Finance Director

John Cullen

Sales Director

Mark Lapthorn

Project Director

Chris Cooper

Commercial Director

Our Founder
John O’Hanlon

The heart of
East West Connect.

The late John O’Hanlon formed East West Connect in 1988 and was the driving force for the growth and development of the company from its early days as a specialist electrical sub-contractor and building the long term relationships with clients that still stand today.

John served his apprenticeship as an electrician with the Irish Navy before moving to London to form the company. John’s reputation within the industry grew and both his professional and personal contacts came to admire and respect his flexible and caring approach to both clients and colleagues.

Our Community

A pro-active role in our local community

We were honoured to be a part of the DIY:SOS Grenfell Boxing Club build project, and we currently proudly sponsor both the Harwell & Hendred U8s football team and the Docklands JFC U10s, as well as local London cricket team Shaheen Utd.

Nurturing and helping our staff grow

We have a continuous apprenticeship scheme across all sectors of our business to help bring through the next generation of local, hard working talent.

This is strengthened by our ties with Langley College, from whom we employ a school leaver as an apprentice on an annual basis; and with the University of Greenwich, from where we employ graduates as trainee engineers.

Getting involved

We have encouraged our staff to enter numerous marathons, sponsored walks, and other fundraising events across the UK. Where possible we provide our time and knowledge to local charitable groups, to help assist and transform the way that they can support their local communities.