Modular Wiring Systems, a subsidiary of electrical cable manufacturer Tratos Ltd., has designed, manufactured and supplied a modular distribution system for the new Spire Shawfair Park Hospital in Edinburgh.
A private hospital due to open in Spring 2010, Spire Shawfair Park comprises a two storey private day-surgery hospital totalling 4,000m2. This state of the art facility will accommodate consulting rooms, in-patient rooms, day-care pods, an operating theatre department, as well as a host of support services. It is owned by Spire Healthcare, the second largest provider of private healthcare in the UK with 36 private hospitals nationwide.
The LV distribution systems manufactured by Modular Wiring Systems feature a 32 amp circuit with high integrity earth. As part of the hospital’s specification, both ring and radial circuits were utilised.
Stuart McMenigall, Senior Contracts Manager at NG Bailey, comments:
“I’m totally converted to modular wiring systems following this project. The benefits included programme, sequence and the speed of install. There was a lot of pressure time wise. The partitioning programme was running away. We were two weeks behind but using modular wiring systems enabled us to catch up and get in front of builder.
“We also had problems on site with the circuit charts, services drawings and the architect’s layouts – they didn’t tie in. They were conflicting with each other. Again, using a modular system helped overcome this as we didn’t need home runs etc – we just dropped it in.”
Unlike traditional fixed installations, which are labour intensive, offer little in flexibility and remain costly, modular wiring systems allow for a complete installation, from the distribution board to the furthest point of a circuit, by simply connecting the system components together.