Limited containment: The building design called for all the cabling to run underneath false floors. This meant a huge amount of cabling, electrical, mechanical and data, to fit into a tight space.
‘Like a Tardis inside’: Building 622 was a small building on the outside, but with a huge amount going on inside. Darke & Taylor (D&T) had to work alongside a large number of other trades owing to the specialist nature of the build.
Tight timescale: Due to the John Radcliffe (JR) being an exceptionally busy hospital, access to the site was limited at times; i.e. no parking was available to contractors on hospital grounds and deliveries were only permitted during specific times… all allied to a very tight timetable.
Link cabling: The hospital required the fibre optic and copper voice cables to be installed from the new build to JR Welcome Centre which involved having to cross a busy hospital car park.
Design & conquer: Darke & Taylor (D&T) was given the containment drawings at the tender stage and foresaw the space issue. Consequently, a specialist containment system for the delicate 1,000+ Cat6A data cables was designed to allow them to fit separately but alongside the other trades.
Spot-on communication: The need to take up the floors to pull through the Cat6A cables would result in restricted access for the other trades. Hence, D&T had to be particularly careful in liaising with SDC (the main contractor) over timings.
Heavy manpower: The tight timetable and need to fit in around other trades so as not to cause hold-ups, meant that D&T had up to 40 people working through the night and weekends on this project.
Copper car park: SDC installed new duct work across the car park out of normal business hours. The new voice and fibre optic cables were then installed by D&T during the evenings to allow the car park to be partially closed and then routed through the JR Welcome Centre over a weekend when it was unoccupied.
“Building 622 was a small building on the outside, but with a huge amount going on inside. Darke & Taylor had to work alongside a large number of other trades owing to the specialist nature of the build.”