Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2016 - Page 23

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD PROJECT FOCUS ‘Most businesses are still choosing Category 5e or Category 6 as these systems are perfectly adequate for most current applications. Those that look at Category 6A do so for future proofing purposes. If the cabling system is five or more years, Category 6Aa should be considered. If the planned lifetime is 10 or more years, Category 6A should be the overriding solution, even for relatively low performance users. ‘Whilst we have seen Category 6A largely in data centres, there is a slowly shifting trend towards Category 6A as people consider the long term as an increasingly important factor.’ Industrial feel Aesthetically, the architect’s vision was to create an industrial feel to the Statistics building and left the overhead cabling exposed. This also served to give the building a greater sense of light and space. Richard Francis explains, ‘All of the services were exposed in the Statistics building using Marco’s galvanised cable basket. This feature was retained throughout and whilst making little difference to our approach to the installation, it did affect our scheduling, working around other trades. Plasterers and decorators needed to finish their scope of works before we could begin the install, which was managed with lots attention to logistics, communicating regularly with the project manager and other trades on site.’ Monard Electrical also completed a new power and lighting install as well as fire alarm and security systems. Richard continues, ‘This was a pretty large scale project with a value to us of £1m. At one point we had 18 electricians working at the project with five of our apprentices. We managed to complete the project on time and ready for the new academic year. The architect’s vision was to create an industrial feel to the Statistics building and left the overhead cabling exposed. Attention to detail The university wanted to reach high speed levels of Internet access whilst future proofing the installation for approximately the next 25 years. A Category 6A install relies upon larger cables making the work more challenging with a greater attention to detail needed. W [