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Aberdeen hospital plugs into the benefits of modular wiring

Apex Wiring Solutions : 14 December, 2011  (Application Story)
The new multi-million pound Emergency Care Centre at Aberdeen Royal Hospital, the largest hospital within NHS Grampian, is being fitted out with a new clad modular wiring system to provide improved power and lighting services.
The 20,000 sq m centre, located on a self-contained 125 acre site to the North West of the city, is being built by Robertson Construction Group to offer high quality patient care facilities including A and E, acute medical assessment, ward accommodation and a primary care out-of-hours service.


Modular wiring has been specified to cut electrical installation times, reduce onsite waste and provide a prewired factory tested power and lighting system. The Apex system will utilise pre-wired factory tested pluggable distribution boards to supply lighting and high and low level power throughout the facility.


Apex's contract is part of a multi-million pound, two-year project being delivered by main contractors NG Bailey that will see the design, installation and commissioning of new mechanical and electrical and Information Communication Technology services for the hospital trust.


Dave Lewis, managing director of Apex, said that the use of prefabricated connectors and preassembled cables provides a high performance, reliable and flexible wiring solution which delivers significant improvements over hard wired systems, reducing onsite installation times by up to 70 percent.


"The time saving and environmental benefits of modular wiring systems are becoming increasingly recognised in the UK, enabling electrical contractors to complete even the most complex installations quicker and more efficient than ever before."


Apex has established a leading position in the UK healthcare market for electrical wiring products, supplying systems to more than 50 PFI and ProCure21 schemes totalling in excess of two million sq m. Using its systems, a complete electrical installation can be achieved quickly and safely by plugging the system components together.


Dave Lewis added: "We have quickly established ourselves as a leading playing in the healthcare sector providing modular systems to the Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) and Southmead Hospital in Bristol".


"These, and other projects, reflect our ability to deliver added value, top quality solutions which deliver long term performance and cost benefits to customers and end users alike."


Systems are designed to customer specification using the latest PC software before being manufactured offsite in a quality controlled environment using the latest high performance components and sub-assembly techniques.


Modular wiring systems can also provide improved health and safety because they minimise the amount of time contractors are required to work at height while also reducing the need for onsite cable and conduit cutting tools which can cause accidents.
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