Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2016 - Page 9

CONTRACT NEWS FAMILY WARMTH When somebody books a beautiful historic timber-framed barn as a wedding venue, they want to see the mellow oak beams in their natural glory; they do not want to see unsightly steel radiators bolted to them. That is why landowner and developer Hektor Rous chose Gaia's wet underfloor heating system in the renovation of the Grade 2 listed barn at the family seat, Henham Park, in Suffolk. The Rous family has lived at Henham Park since the 16th century. When Hektor took over the daunting task of running the estate in 2004, he set about making the park and its various buildings earn their keep. Events such as the Grand Henham Steam Rally and the first ever Latitude Festival soon started bringing in sorely needed funds. And now, Henham Park has become a much sought after wedding venue thanks to the sensitive renovation of its historic timber barn. For this large oak framed building, which takes some heating due to the high vaulted roof, Hektor chose a Gaia wet underfloor system to do the job. Gaia specified and installed the system which covers an area of 690m2. Commissioned in March 2015, the heating system has seen a full year's operation without any problems. HOSPITAL OPERATION ABB has received orders worth £1.6m for electricity distribution and HVAC equipment for Dumfries and Galloway Hospital, which Laing O’Rourke is currently delivering for NHS Scotland. During the project ABB will supply Emax 2 – air circuit breakers, XT/T Max moulded case circuit breakers, low voltage drives, Protecta distribution enclosures (with S200 miniature circuit breakers and meters), plus UniGear medium voltage switchgear. The project is one of the first UK implementations of the innovative Emax 2 switchgear. Throughout the project Laing O’Rourke is using modular construction to ensure fast delivery and to minimise risk with the target that the hospital will be ready to treat its first patients late in 2017. This modular approach extends to the electrical distribution and HVAC systems, which will arrive on site in the form of completed assemblies. ABB will supply circuit breakers and other equipment via the panel builder E+I Engineering, as well as Protecta low voltage distribution boards and drives to Barkell (an Airedale International Air Conditioning company), plus 112 low voltage modular distribution boards via wholesaler Edmundson Electrical. GRID SUPPORT Western Power Distribution has integrated two superconducting fault current limiters (sFCL) from Nexans into Birmingham’s power grid. Nexans designed and manufactured both sFCLs (rated at 12kV), now its third sFCL project in the UK. Nexans delivered the first sFCL to the Chester Street substation in late 2015, and the second to Bourneville substation. Both sFCLs are now permanently integrated into the grid. The technology opens up new ways of designing distribution grids, such as with coupling busbars to maintain a reliable power supply during maintenance. Nexans’ sFCLs are part of the FlexDGrid project which aims to increase the capacity of existing networks to facilitate the distribution of renewable energy in Birmingham. The £17m project will transform the grid in the city, reducing power cuts and carbon emissions. sFCLs provide effective protection from fault currents which constitute a growing issue in power grids. They can also help reduce the need for new substations. MOD CHOCOLATE A NOBLE TASK A Gent by Honeywell fire detection and alarm (FDA) system has been installed at Sabhal Mor Ostaig college located in Sleat, in the south of the Isle Of Skye in Scotland. The college is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and offers courses in a range of subjects all through the medium of Gaelic. The college was created in 1973 thanks to the vision of the late merchant banker and businessman Sir Iain Noble, renowned in the region for his sustained and proactive support of Gaelic. The college site has recently benefited from a £6.2m capital investment and the first building constructed in the new Kilbeg development has been named in memory of Sir Iain Noble – ‘Ionad Iain Nobail’, (the Iain Noble Centre). During the construction stages of the new centre, Oban Electrical Services, the main electrical contractor on site, had the responsibility of selecting the most appropriate FD&A system. Oban Electrical sought the expertise of Glasgow based Rapid Fire and Protection Services, which put forward a proposal based on a Gent by Honeywell system. The system that was subsequently installed in the Iain Noble Centre was the Vigilon Compact panel with S-Quad devices. Products from Scolmore’s vast wiring accessories collection have been specified and installed in the boutique Hotel Indigo in York, which has been brought to the historic city by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies. The intimate hotel, situated on Walmgate, is perfectly situated within prime reach of some of the city’s most outstanding restaurants and bars, boutiques, artisan shops, famous tea rooms, ]\