Churchfields Academy

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Salcombe Building consisted of a 3 storey construction within a recently created Academy in the Old Town area, built in the mid 1960’s of concrete construction. The original electrical installation was found to be in a poor state and recent periodic inspections recommended immediate wholesale replacement.

The accommodation comprised of teaching areas and staff accommodation at each level, also an assembly hall, gymnasium, specialist teaching facilities for domestic science, materials technology and IT together with student break out areas. Salcombe Building also housed the main boiler room, central network hub and main electrical intake for the Academy, which consisted of the original loose switchgear.

The electrical installation comprised single cables within flush installed conduits supplemented by surface mounted white dado trunking where data cable systems had been installed. The whole building was rewired in its entirety including new mains and sub-distribution, containment systems, power, internal and external low energy lighting with controls, together with LED emergency lighting and a new IT structured wiring system.

The whole of the works were funded by the EFA and had to be completed within a specific timescale with a fixed completion date. Therefore the necessity of the works were undertaken during the term time with the students and staff in occupation.

Expertise Provided by BJP

BJP was commissioned as sole Project Manager to provide a full design of the electrical services, Contract Administration including tendering procedures and financial control and CDM duties.

Careful coordination of services was required to ensure there would be no delays or health and safety issues on site. Throughout the project BJP maintained a close working relationship with the client and the contractor and managed the phasing of the works to ensure specific teaching facilities and accommodation for examinations were available when required.

Additional works to remove asbestos, replace ceilings and floor coverings, together with specialist IT furniture installations were also included. In addition to the compliance works, the objective was to provide energy savings and simplified maintenance techniques to assist in reducing the revenue budgets.

The project was completed on time and within budget to the entire satisfaction of the Academy.

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