Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2016 - Page 22

PROJECT FOCUS UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD STATISTICALLY PROVEN A Category 6A installation at the University of Oxford’s Statistics building has utilised cable containment solutions from Marco throughout. Russell Drury reports on the project, with a close look at the trend towards a higher spec. install and the benefits to be gained from future proofing. M arco has worked with Monard Electrical Contractors for approximately four years. Monard has utilised Marco’s steel wire cable tray and uPVC trunking products on many of its schemes, which are based largely throughout the South East. The firm has a strong presence in the area and has carved a sound reputation as a supplier to both the higher education and heritage building sectors. The firm has worked for Oxford University for many years, the latest building being the Statistics building in St Giles. The building was formerly used to house the university’s Mathematics department. Although not listed, the building was built in the mid-1960s so a sympathetic and wide scale refurbishment was needed. Strict scheduling meant that that the Monard team had to work alongside other main trades within a seven month programme. The first major Category 6A installation for Monard, the contractor worked with Marco’s cable tray and trunking to meet the specification. Richard Francis, project manager at Monard, says, ‘Monard Electrical has a strong background and extensive experience working within the higher education and listed building sectors and has been involved with many university projects through the years. ‘This has been an interesting project for us in that it’s our first major Category 6A installation. The building was pretty vast and the new containment had to run throughout the entire building. Due to the nature of the department, high levels of data/bandwidth was essential. In the basement alone, which will be used as IT teaching space, there will be capacity for up to 50 computers as well as various AV equipment.’ Richard continues, ‘We have developed a great working relationship with Marco and have used their products for Category 6A installs in the past but never on this scale. Our guys are comfortable and confident in working with the Marco products and we knew that specifying Marco was a good choice.’ 22 22-23 Project Focus.indd 22 11/04/2016 14:16