PECM Issue 23 2016 - Page 90

Spelsberg IBT Enclosures Speed Up Electrical Installation For New Pre-Cast Hospital Build hanks in part to the use of Spelsberg IBT junction boxes, a project to build a new £89m mental health hospital in South Wales has kept to a rigorous construction programme. The IBT enclosure range provides quick and robust electrical installations for pre-cast concrete construction, a proven method of building fast-track projects. T The 20,000sq m centre replaces several separate facilities spread around Cardiff and the surrounding area. It will provide adult inpatient accommodation in 135 single-bed en-suite rooms, and also bring together all the area's general adult mental health inpatient services including 90 PECM Issue 23 low security, addiction, neuropsychiatry, intensive care and supportive recovery services. The design incorporates sitting rooms, garden areas, therapeutic spaces and consulting rooms. Despite being a large and complex project, topping out of the main buildings was completed within a year. This was achieved through a highly sophisticated technique to prefabricate seven separate plant rooms off-site. These were then installed in a matter of days. Each plant room contains all the building services equipment required, including pumps, fans, Building Management System (BMS) panels, control equipment and complete wiring. The use of precast concrete panels, rather than poured concrete or other construction methods also helped ensure the rigorous building programme was maintained. The panels are bespoke designs and incorporate the electrical services, which reduced the amount of installation and wiring needed on-site. Historically, this method of electrical installation has been difficult, due to the lack of specially designed electrical products. But Spelsberg's ITB range of junction boxes and related products has been specifically designed for the precast construction industry.