Private estate with commercial needs: Outside Service Providers will only bring any internet cabling to the perimeter junction box. The Wormsley Estate spans 2,700 acres making the distribution of this cabling a mammoth task.
Listed buildings and grounds: The Estate could not just be ‘dug up’ to install the cabling, even the grounds possessed huge cultural heritage. For example, the Walled Garden dates back to the mid – 1700s, being originally created by Richard Woods, a contemporary of Capability Brown.
A year-round working property: With numerous commercial considerations, any cabling work had to fit around the needs of The Estate, not vice versa.
Adaptive solutions: With much of The Estate located in a valley, 4G/5G was not an option, so fibre optic cables had to be installed. With no plans available, Darke & Taylor (D&T) had to audit and adapt a commercial infrastructure to a private set-up.
Work around the environment: D&T could not retrofit commercial ducting, given both the expense and disruption, so was forced to continually improvise. For example, one of the longest cable pulls was 1.5km with manhole covers only every 400m, rather than 50m for normal commercial buildings.
Careful planning: Once the scope of the project had been established (over the course of 12 months) D&T scheduled the cabling works to accommodate ongoing events without disruption.
“Outside Service Providers will only bring any internet cabling to the perimeter junction box. The Wormsley Estate spans 2,700 acres making the distribution of this cabling a mammoth task.”