Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2016 - Page 10

CONTRACT NEWS PRIMARY PACKAGE REL Electrical has delivered a £1.75m mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) package at a new primary school in Lewisham, London. Lakehouse, an asset and energy support services group, appointed REL to carry out the work at Prendergast Primary School. The £10m purpose built building is home to two new reception classes, 14 classrooms, an atrium and kitchen area as well as a five-a-side football pitch. The MEP contract included the installation of all lighting, data, power, cabling and security equipment, including access control and CCTV. REL also installed air conditioning and a sprinkler system throughout the building, PV panels on the roof, as well as a full, natural ventilation system to reduce energy and provide compliance with BB101. CABBIE CONTRACT Evolt’s electric vehicle (EV) charge point infrastructure has been supplied and installed by APT Controls at the Dundee taxi company 203020. The taxi firm is increasing its fleet to 100 fully electric vehicles, making it the largest EV taxi fleet in the UK. Dundee is currently vying with seven other cities for £20m of funding to become the UK’s electric taxi capital – and Evolt is playing a significant part in helping to achieve this. APT Controls was selected after a full tender process as the key supplier to 203020’s fleet of 30 EVs, and has subsequently installed five top-of-the-range 50kW Tri-Rapid chargers, which efficiently charge vehicles in half an hour, and a further 10 7kW chargers that are ideal for quick top ups. 203020 aims to have 100 EVs on the road within six months, according to its CEO, David Young. POPE’S PICK Tai Calon Community Housing has used Aico RadioLink smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to overcome problems installing interconnecting alarms into one of its supported living schemes. Tai Calon is the largest social housing landlord in Blaenau Gwent, with more than 6,100 homes. One of its 11 schemes is Grace Pope Court at Llanhilleth. It has 27 one bedroom flats on two floors. Grace Pope Court was built in the early 1970s and the ageing mains powered alarm system needed replacing. However, Tai Calon wanted the work carried out with the least disruption to residents. Aico recommended its battery powered alarms featuring RadioLink wireless alarm interconnection. RadioLink allows Aico smoke, heat and CO alarms to be interconnected using radio frequency (RF) signals, eliminating the need for interconnecting cabling. Furthermore, as these are quality 10 year Lithium battery powered alarms, all usual cabling requirements have been removed, making it an ideal solution for Grace Pope Court. The Aico battery RadioLink alarms have been installed alongside the existing four zone conventional L2 fire alarm system installed in this property and act as a back up system to this. PLANT PROTECTION DOOR DELIGHT Emperor and Vulcan+ cable cleats designed and manufactured by Ellis have been put to work in the largest single UK construction project since the London Olympics – the Shetland Gas Plant. Forty-two million man hours went into the development of the plant, which went into operation in February 2016. Developed by Total to extract gas from the Laggan and Tormore reserves that lie 140km from land and 3,000m below the seabed, the plant is capable of delivering eight per cent of the UK’s gas needs and is expected to handle 500 million standard cubic feet of gas every single day. The specification, secured by Ellis distributor ETS Cable Components, saw the Ellis cleats installed in the onshore processing plant, where they are being used to secure substation and switchgear cabling. Manufactured in 316L stainless steel, Ellis’ Emperor and Vulcan+ cleats are designed to provide ultimate corrosion protection, even in the harshest of environments, while also ensuring cables remain secure and operational following a short-cir