Fixed Wire Testing – Essex Junior School
Project Skills Solutions were engaged having submitted the most competitive quotation to carryout the Fixed wire test and inspection of a Junior school in Essex.
The electrical testing required 119 circuits and 12 distribution boards to be tested in the summer holidays.
The fixed wire testing and certification would involve the following:-
– There will be a visual inspection of the installation
– There will be a Earth fault loop impedance test conducted
– There will be an Earth electrode resistance tests conducted (if applicable)
– Testing of the CPC and earth bonding
– Ring main continuity test (if applicable)
– Insulation Resistance test
– Polarity test
– RCD test
EICR Electrical Testing
Once completed the a full report was issued detailing any failures and there their failure code
Code C1 “Danger Present”. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
Code C2 “Potentially dangerous”. Urgent remedial action required.
Code C3 “Improvement recommended”.
Code FI “Further investigation required without delay”.
It is surprising that on most fixed wire tests on buildings we find faults even those that have had regular tests. Building particularly schools are extremely busy places and with occupants using areas that may have possible exposure to electrical faults it is essential for these tests to be carried as required by the HSE.
The failures vary from blanking plates missing on distribution boards (please see attached pictures for reference) that are often removed for electrical works but not refitted which results in a C1 failure “Danger Present”. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required. These boards are generally in restricted access areas so not a direct hazard to the general public but require immediate rectification simply with a plastic blanking plate being inserted. Another regular failure is electrical works not being done to a good standard or compliant to the latest regulations.
The remedial works are always brought to the attention of the client throughout the testing period and all the required remedial works quoted for withing 24 hours of the EICR being issued.
All codes showing failures were rectified and a new electrical certificate issued on completion allowing us to leave the school in an electrically safe condition for the start of the new term.
Cabling Installation Services Thames Oilport
Cable Installation Services
Greenergy is a leading provider of road fuel with significant infrastructure and service capability. For 25 years they have created a unique supply chain to enable them to source fuel products from the lowest – cost global producers and move that fuel in the most efficient way to their customers forecourts.
Our data cabling , fibre optic cabling and electrical services have been utilised on many of their projects. Most recently we have been required to provide a range of cabling installation services at their Thames Oilport facility in Essex. The regeneration of Thames Oilport is a key development project for Greenergy and our cabling services have been used internally and externally on various areas of the site to assist in bringing systems on line.
Our cabling project team carry’s out a full survey of the site and work out the best route for the cabling runs allowing accurate material measurements. The cable will then be specified to meet both the environmental and performance requirements. The cabling works will then be planned with the Risk assessments and method statements being prepared before works commence.
Fibre Optic Cabling
Fibre optic cabling is the ideal transmission media for hazardous environments such a oil ports and long distances. Our fibre optic project experience allows us to provide a full fibre cable solution for projects like this.
Project Skills Solutions has a wide range of experience delivering bespoke and specialist electrical and mechanical services. Recently our engineers were asked to change out two aircraft warning lights on top of a London building 34 storeys high.
Changing out two aircraft warning lights at the very edge of the roof proved an interesting challenge with excellent views. After an initial survey a full set of RAMS was written up and presented to the client who in-turn presented them to the building management to raise a permit to work.
These were accepted allowing us to plan the works to take place over the weekend as requested by the client.
Lighting Contractors London
Three of our electrical engineers attended site with all the necessary safety equipment and tooling to carry out the works on a perfect weather day with wind below 2 mph. The safety zone at ground level was set up with perimeter barriers and patrolled for the duration of the works.
The removal of the light fitting first required safe isolation and then measures to prevent any items or tooling going over the side of the building. The change out of the light fitting like for like went smoothly and on completion the isolations were removed and lighting fully tested.
If you have a bespoke or specialist project talk to us now and see how we can provide a simple effective solution.
Cecil Jones Academy – Air Conditioning
Cecil Jones Academy is a secondary school and sixth form situated in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in England. Cecil Jones was the town’s first purpose built Comprehensive School.
Air Conditioning Services
Cecil Jones Academy take great pride in maintaining the very best environment for their pupils to learn. This has required over 180 air conditioning systems to be installed over the years in order to provide cooling through out the academy. In order to ensure that the systems are running at their optimum performance Project Skills Solutions have been awarded the air conditioning maintenance contract for 5 years.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
It is important that air conditioning systems are regularly maintained which involves the thorough cleaning of internal and external units and filters, checking drainage, visual check pipe work and lagging and fully performance test the system in cooling and heating modes and recording temperatures. All maintenance works are scheduled to meet the Academies requirements and to minimise disruption to the students carried out of term times. The regular air conditioning maintenance allows us to pick up any potential failures and take remedial action reducing failures that impact their performance during term time.
Fibre Cable Installation – Petrochemical
OSI Systems is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of specialised electronic systems and components for critical applications.
New Fibre Link
OSI Systems asked Project Skills Solutions to install a new new 16 core 0m3 fibre link between the ground floor and the 1st floor cabinet.
The link involved fusion splicing 32 new cores onto om3 SC pigtails, once complete the link was OTDR tested with full test results sent to the client.
Project Skills Solutions invest in the latest equipment including a new Fusion Splicer, read more here.
Newham Borough Council
Last year we installed 4 new Paxton door access systems to replace the clients existing system, to improve reliability and functionality.
More recently we were asked to replace an old system which supplied the front door to their IT suite this was all installed and was linked onto their existing data base and new groups & access rights laded.
For more information on our door access services click here.
As the existing maintenance provider for Belfairs school we were asked by Skanska who were the original contractor to carry out some remedial works which had arisen from the original air conditioning installation.
Over Heating Air Handling Unit
There was an issue with hot extract air from a local Air Handling Unit (AHU) and also 7 external AC condensers pushing hot air into the intake area of another AHU this was causing over temperature issue on the AHU.
With Skanska we designed a baffle wall which will deflect the hot air away and prevent temperature issues, in the 1st instance we installed a wooden wall which had a unistrut frame for support. Once this has been in for 2 weeks it will then be assessed and if worked the wood will be replaced with metal as a permanent fixture.
Commercial Electrical services
Everything5pounds.com is a fresh and dynamic website offering high street fashion at one price. One of the global leaders in staged budget clothing everything5pounds.com constantly push boundaries to bring trend-led clothing for just £5.
As part of our ongoing work with everything5pounds.com we are regularly asked to make small changes and alterations to their electrical systems.
In this case our client had installed some new benches in their warehouse and as a temporary measure had run some extension leads to power their equipment. This was unsafe and was a potential fire risk and presented trip hazards. The client requested that we provide an improved electrical distribution solution to this work station within the main warehouse. Following a site survey and discussion with the client, we installed a new dedicated 16mm 5 core swa which terminated onto a new 6 way 3 phase TPN board, this was terminated onto a new 63A mccb into an existing panel board.
Behind the desks we installed new 50mm galvanised trunking with new 25mm kopex links between the desks this provided 2 radial circuits with 8 sockets on each all protected by a 32a RCBO. On completion the clients extension leads were removed and the leads all plugged in and cable managed removing the fire and trip hazards along with an unsightly mess of cabling across the area.
A NICEIC certificate was issued on completion.
Electrical Moves and Changes
Operational areas within businesses are constantly changing this can present this type of challenge impeding efficiency and growth along with increased risk to health and safety.
As a long established commercial electrical company we have a wealth of electrical installation experience and solutions to support you in meeting your electrical requirements.
Jackson Lifts – Fibre Optic Network
Fibre Optic Network Installation
Project Skills Solutions were engaged to work with a major lift company to install a fibre optic cabling network throughout a major city bank based in London.
The fibre optic network solution had to be designed to run throughout the building to provided visual location status back to a central location for 25 lifts installed in the site. After carrying out a complete site survey we were able to work out routes through out the building for the cable runs between the central control room and each lift motor rooms. The design used OM3 CST fibre cabling to run above existing ceilings and additionally installed trunking to contain the cables where none existed.
At each end of the cables a wall mounted cabinet was installed to house the patch panels, media converters and switches allowing the main contractor to patch through to their monitoring transmission and receiver equipment. The works were required to be phased to meet the lift installation works so our teams of fibre cable pullers and engineers were scheduled to meet the projects timelines. All works were permit controlled by the main client and our team had to have additional security checks carried out before works could commence. Our project support team worked with the end clients security clearance personnel to provide all the necessary evidence to achieve this in the tight project timescales.
Fibre Optic Installation
The installation of fibre cabling requires care and planning as it has to be flaked out to allow the cabling to be pulled without kinking causing micro bends. With over 4 Km to be pulled in a live site this was a task that we carried out successfully and without major disruption to the clients workforce. Once the cabling had been installed the cabinets were installed and the fibre cables dressed and fusion spliced into patch panels. On completion with each fibre link spliced through then the engineers carried out a full OTDR test to ensure the cables works at all wavelengths and produce test results for the handover pack.
The project successfully phased we met all deadlines set by our client efficiently, and the fibre optic cabling project was a success.
External Brick Lighting
Project Skills Solutions have a wide range of electrical experience such as, light installation, repair and bespoke lighting design. Our expert engineers are available for small call outs or large electrical projects. We also offer electrical maintenance for more details visit our buildings maintenance page.
The Project – External Lighting Upgrade
Our client had some external lighting fittings in need of an upgrade. The current fittings had started to let water inside, began corroding and shorting out. The external lighting fittings were old and were no longer in production, so the client needed new external lighting fittings that would fit into the existing positions, rather than having to rebuild the wall around new light fittings.
To replace the existing lights we had new metal plates made to surround the new lights so they could fit back into the existing positions. The new metal plates had to be measured, laser cut and powder coated before being installed. No building works were required, thanks to the new electrical lighting design. Along with the new plate, new light bulb technology was installed, increasing efficiency and decreasing power consumption.
Our new external lighting design met the clients requirements, and all without having to carry out building works. Take a look at the pictures to see the before and after lighting fittings.
If you need electrical lighting installed or repaired call 0845 2001 311 or fill out the form below.