When specifying for two London Borough of Ealing schools, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) required good-looking DDA compliant trunking systems with the capacity for large amounts of data and the flexibility for re-configuration. It therefore opted for Marshall-Tufflex cable management systems designed to meet the needs of growing educational establishments with large and complicated power and data supply requirements.
As a result, some 9,000 linear metres of CAT 6 compliant Twin165 and Sterling Profile1 have been used throughout the re-building of Dormers Wells High School, Southall, and the remodelling of Cardinal Wiseman School, Greenford. The Marshall-Tufflex trunking was supplied by Rexel Senate, Milton Keynes, and was installed without problems despite the sizeable amount of trunking involved.
The aim of Ealing Borough Council in the two school projects was to create state-of-the-art learning centres. The building programme involved the council and Balfour Beatty entering a Public Private Partnership (PPP), with construction and facilities management work undertaken by Balfour Beatty and the mechanical/electrical work done by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES).
The £30m re-building of Dormers Wells High School has provided an enlarged secondary school with a sixth form for more than 1,400 students. It is fitted-out with the latest facilities, including a new ICT suite. It is here that Marshall-Tufflex’s double compartment Twin165 PVC-U perimeter trunking in white has been installed with lids and DDA compliant accessory boxes in charcoal to cater for special needs students.
Newly introduced at the time of specification for Dormers Wells High School, Twin165 is a revolutionary medium-sized trunking with split compartments for power and data supplies. It has far greater capacity than traditional similar-sized trunking systems plus its bend radius of 50mm, with adjustable internal and external bends for improved flexibility, enables the delivery of larger amounts of more complex, power and data services.
Geoff Ings of electrical wholesaler Rexel Senate said: “Twin65 was installed ‘double-banked’ to provide the three-compartmental system that was required. It was chosen for its aesthetics combined with its convenient size, which provides greater capacity without the need for larger trunking. Plus, as the internal arrangement of the new Dormers Wells building evolved during construction, its flexibility enabled engineers to think on their feet. Twin165 has gone in to all areas, including where it is simply a future-proofed containment system ready for power and data supplies should the current layout be altered or new classrooms created. We supplied triple the original order, which initially was for the ICT suite alone.”
Approximately 5-6000 linear metres of Twin165 has been installed throughout the new Dormers Wells High School for the ICT infrastructure and other power supplies. Kevin O’Toole, BBES Project Manager, said: “Marshall-Tufflex’s trunking system has gone into all of the approximately 300 classrooms, where it supplies all of the data and some power and lighting. It looks the part.”