Ireland's Electrical Magazine 89 Feb-Mar

ISSUE 89 - FEB-MAR 2022

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News &Views 5 Ansell Lighting celebrate 30 years Launch of 30, new products to mark manufacturers 30th anniversary. 7 Designer Group apprenticeship programme

Products 12 Electrician’s essentials

In Focus 53 IPAF Irish Council Chair

David Meeke talks about his new role as Irish Council Chair and his aspirations for the future.

Draper Tools has unveiled the XP1000 range building on its popular VDE hand tools range.

81 Luceco Academy

77 Resi9

Participating students received insight into life as an apprentice at the end of last year thanks to apprenticeship programme.

Online training platform launched by Luceco Group aims to increase level of regular content throughout 2022.

Schneider introduce Resi9, the flexible, safe and easy-to-install consumer unit.

9 New board members at Scolmore Group

86 Distribution partnership

83 Aico awards launch

PH Ross/TJ O’Mahony’s has teamed up with EcoVolt to supply its energy-saving electric products nationwide.

HomeLINK Community Awards from Aico are designed to recognise excellence within social housing and the local community.

Two new appointments to the Scolmore board of directors to future-proof the business for continued success.

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Ansell Lighting celebrates 30-yearmilestone

Apprentices from King & Moffatt Building Services were invited to attend an exhibition at the end of 2021 celebrating talent and creativity and recognising the skill and ability of the Irish apprentice community. Shane Farrell who was lead on King & Moffatt’s Generation Apprenticeship entry in 2019 and Zain Kenny, a current electrical apprentice with the company, exhibited their ‘A’ sculpture. The event took place in the Garage Theatre, Monaghan and was the third year of the Generation Apprenticeship. The ‘Standing Together’ exhibition, is the most ambitious awareness-building programme to date under the scheme, with more than 8,000 businesses around the country, in a variety of industries creating extraordinary career opportunities through apprenticeship. The ‘Standing Together’ exhibition formed an inspiring backdrop for talks, presentations and discussions exploring apprenticeship careers and skills, mental health, the growth in women apprentices and tackling climate change. www.kingmoffatt.com King&Moffatt continues toplay vital role in bringing GenerationApprenticeship message to life

Leading lighting designer and manufacturer Ansell Lighting is celebrating 30 years in business in 2022 with a year of events, launches and fundraising planned to mark the occasion. Established in Belfast in 1922, Ansell expanded into mainland UK in 2001. It now operates across

Europe, with showrooms in Belfast, Dublin and the recently opened Madrid

to nominate deserving causes to win a lighting support package so they can enhance and continue their community work. Mark Rogers, National Sales Manager of Ansell Lighting in Ireland said: “Like all new businesses, Ansell Lighting began modestly with a first trading month of just £70 in August 1992. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, enjoying huge growth to become the multi- million-pound business it is today. “It is a real achievement to reach our 30th birthday and a great opportunity for us to reinforce our strong growth ambitions for the coming years. We are looking forward to sharing the celebrations - and the new products – with our wholesaler customers, installers, colleagues and friends throughout the year.” www.anselluk.com

showroom. As part of the 30th birthday celebrations, Ansell will be launching 30 innovative new products across 2022 to underline its commitment to developing and producing high quality products. The first of these products, an addition to the popular Z LED high bay collection has launched in January of this year. Throughout the year, the company will be supporting ‘Our Blue Light’ – a charity that provides mental health and wellbeing support to emergency services and essential workers. In addition, Ansell will be sponsoring a number of high- profile music events at Classic Ibiza concerts at stately homes across the country this summer to showcase its product range. Furthermore, a community campaign launching in April will enable wholesalers and installers

King & Moffatt’s Shane Farrell and Zain Kenny in attendance at the event which took place in the Garage Theatre, Monaghan.

BrahamElectrical announce newcontract Braham Electrical have been awarded the electrical contract for the new Broomhill House apartment complex in north Dublin. This 124-unit residential development consists of a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments, with basement car parking, generous amenity facilities and landscaped gardens. The €36 million project with Bennett Construction Ltd is due for completion in February 2023. For more than 35 years, the Warrenpoint-based company have been completing projects with excellence both on time and in-budget. Braham Electrical is a full-service electrical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and residential sectors of the construction market.

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BAFE accreditation for ESP

ESP is proud to announce that it has been awarded BAFE accreditation for its fire design service. BAFE is the independent registration body for Third Party Certified fire safety providers across the UK, and ESP now appears on the National BAFE Fire Safety Register. BAFE manages and maintains a scheme called BAFE SP203-1 which covers Fire Detection and Alarm Systems. This scheme exists to deliver quality, independent evidence that providers like ESP, are competent to deliver fire system designs for its fire detection and alarm systems. ESP is only permitted to become BAFE Registered and appear on the national BAFE Fire Safety Register once the company holds the appropriate/valid Third-Party Certification. ESP continues to meet the criteria of the relevant BAFE Scheme. This establishes robust evidence of competency requirements that demonstrates the provider’s commitment to quality. It also provides assurances to ESP’s customers that the company will deliver a fire system that complies with all the relevant British Standards. For support with any fire system design requirements, ESP can be contacted at design@espuk.com

Designer Group Training Academy apprentices.

Access toApprenticeship Programme for Designer Group

Designer Group was delighted to host the most recent student visits to its Training Academy at the end of 2021. The excursion gave students a great insight into life as an apprentice at Designer Group and demonstrated the value which the company places on apprenticeships and the importance of them to the business and the construction industry. Designer Group has been involved with the Access to Apprenticeship programme since its inception in 2017. The programme was put in place to provide pre-apprenticeship training in a variety of skills over 16 weeks for young men and women from different socio-economic backgrounds. It also allows them to gain access to employers, such as

Designer Group, via ‘Speed Dating’ interviews, work experience and visits to employers’ facilities or training centres such as theirs. Brendan Kearns, Training Director

at Designer Group said: “We will continue to support the

programme led by Bobby Maher and Therese Fitzgerald who are great mentors and role models for all the students past, present and future.” Designer Group has successfully employed many of the students graduating from the Access to Apprenticeship programme, all of whom have proven to be fantastic apprentices and now have the opportunity for further learning through the business, building a long and rewarding career.

Matt Tighe, Technical Services Manager at ESP.

Irish engineering firmgives backwith€100k donation Kirby Group Engineering made an outstanding donation of €100,000 at the end of last year to be split among three charities. Focus Ireland received €50,000 and Women’s Aid and UNICEF each collected €25,000. 2021 was the second year in a row in which the Irish firm has made a donation of this amount, continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting those in need. Group Managing Director Mark Flanagan said it’s an important feature of their calendar. “We’ve come through another very difficult year in Ireland in 2021 and this is a good opportunity for Kirby to support some of those who have felt the tough times the most. We’re proud to play our part in helping three fantastic charities doing great work in Ireland and around the world.” The Christmas donation follows contributions worth a further €160,000 from Kirby to local, national and international charities last year. www.kirbygroup.com

Group Managing Director, Mark Flanagan, presents Amy Carr, Director of Fundraising and Marketing of Focus Ireland, with a donation cheque for €50,000.

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Plugged in and ready togo

NICEIC, the UK’s leading certification provider for the building services industry, is poised and ready to deliver an all-new series of the hit technical webinar series, The Wire. Covering the most relevant technical topics, upcoming episodes will discuss maximum demand and diversity and battery storage. Delivered via a new and improved browser-based platform, the 2022 series will also feature a newcomer, the NICEIC Pub Quiz, a fun interactive segment designed to test (and reward) the most technically advanced minds. “When the pandemic struck back in 2020, the world looked for quality sources of remote learning. Quick to respond, we doubled our efforts on The Wire to ensure our contractors had the resources they needed”, said NICEIC and ELECSA’s Technical Director, John O’Neill. “We believe the improved functionality of our new platform, coupled with our fresh and engaging new content, will ensure 2022 is another record-breaking year for The Wire.” Free and exclusive to NICEIC and ELECSA contractors, registration for the 2022 series is open now. To book onto a live event or to view an on-demand episode, please visit www.niceic.com/events

Solar PVPanels installed at Kellihers Electrical Castlebar branch

Kellihers Electrical is striving towards energy transition and reducing its environmental impact as the company works to reduce the energy consumption in its company buildings. As Ireland’s largest distributor of Solar PV, Kellihers is practising what it preaches with the recent installation of 104 Solar PV Panels installed on its Castlebar branch. This system is 39 KWp and was mounted using Van der Valk Solar Systems hardware. Finished off with Hauwei FusionSolar optimisers and inverter, it includes

a full monitoring package. The panels were expertly installed by the team at PV Generation Ltd. Watch this space as Kellihers rolls out more solar installations across its branch network, further reducing its carbon footprint and leading the way when it comes to Solar PV and energy efficiency. The company has a renewables team ready to answer all your questions for your next domestic or commercial solar project. Contact info@ rexelenergysolutions.ie for more information.

Investment at Scolmore to support continuedgrowth Two new appointments have been made to the Scolmore board of directors, with Group Commercial Director, Jim Hutchinson, and Sales Director for Scotland and NI, Barry Taylor, assuming the new board positions. Mike Jackson, current Sales Director for Unicrimp, has been appointed to the Unicrimp board, while Kevin Beech, existing board member and current Sales Director for Scolmore has been promoted to Group Sales Director. Commenting on the appointments, Gary Mordue, Scolmore Group Chief Executive Officer said: “There has never been a more challenging time to be operating in the electrical industry and it’s important that we have the right people and structure in place to allow us to future-proof the business for continued success.”

Left to right: Mike Jackson, Unicrimp Sales Director; Kevin Beech, Scolmore Group Sales Director; Barry Taylor, Scolmore Sales Director Scotland & NI; Jim Hutchison Scolmore Group Commercial Director.

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BUILDINGON ITS POPULAR VDE HAND TOOLS RANGE, DRAPER TOOLS HAS BEENHARD ATWORKWITH SEVERAL BRAND-NEWAND IMPROVED ELECTRICIANS’ ESSENTIALS… Draper Tools launches XP1000

L eading distributor of hand and power tools, Draper is proud to unveil the XP1000 range. Fully compliant to EN60900 standards, it is tested to 10,000V and suitable for use on AC circuits up to 1,000V and DC circuits up to 1,5000V. The range features 21 new VDE pliers with tethered options and 55 VDE screwdrivers, including slimline. This comprehensive series of hand tools designed to see you through a variety of jobs throughout your electrical career also includes five must-have sets of pliers and screwdrivers. These feature TPE extra-comfort handles and an anti- glare dark paint finish. In addition, the screwdrivers have a dual-layer insulation warning blade sheath for safety and peace of mind. Speaking about the launch, Phil Rowley, Sales Director at Draper

Tools commented: “Our VDE range of hand tools is really important to us as a business. We’ve offered a good solid range for many years, but we were keen to up our game and hone in on what electricians really needed from us. We knew there was more we could offer, so we listened to feedback, working with key figures in the industry and spent a long time researching and developing XP1000.” XP1000 completes Draper’s existing range of essentials for electricians, which includes cable knives, crimping tools, pipe cutters, plasterboard saws, plunge cutting blades, hacksaws and even a Wi-Fi endoscope. With big plans in the pipeline, Draper has already got new ideas in development for later this year. Find out more about the XP1000 range at www.drapertools.com/xp1000

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Irish firm Demesne Electrical has been bought over by OEM International in a business deal to further develop and grow the existing Demesne business. The acquisition aims to gradually strengthen the customer offering while maintaining its very strong position in the Irish market. With headquarters in Dublin, Demesne Electrical, a distributor of industrial electrical equipment has an annual revenue of €20 million. The company has branch offices in Cork and Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Announcing the deal, OEM said the company had a “strong product portfolio based on long partnerships with many of Europe’s leading manufacturers.” Demesne is owned by three directors, Paul Fitzsimons, Chris McKenna and David Williamson. The business was founded in 1977 by brothers Noel and Cyril McLoughlin. No price has been disclosed regarding the business deal. Demesne Electrical acquisition by Swedish multinational OEM

From left to right: Carl Ennis, Chief Executive Officer, Joe Walsh, General Manager and Keith Bolton, Chief Financial Officer.

Siemens Limited, Ireland announce appointment of newGeneral Manager

Siemens Limited, Ireland has announced the appointment of Joe Walsh as General Manager with effect from November 4 2021 at which point he also joined the board of Siemens Limited. Joe will continue to lead the Solutions and Service business unit of Siemens Ireland, which includes Fire Safety, Electronic Security, Building Automation and Smart Lighting. Joe’s focus will be on driving Siemens’ continued growth and customer satisfaction with particular attention on the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure required to address the challenges

and opportunities of urbanization and climate change. Joe will continue his roles as a member of the NSAI TC16 Fire Safety Standards Committee and Chair of Working Group 2 – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems. Siemens Limited is a technology company focused on industry and infrastructure, supplying technologies for more resource- efficient factories, resilient supply chains, smarter buildings and energy grids. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform the industries that form the backbone of our economy.

EV installer guide launched by ECA

The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) and UK Power Networks have released a guide to the connections process for installers interested in moving into the growing electric vehicle market. The guide aims to demystify the process for potential new installers so they can begin connecting chargers. The document features quick access to a range of useful information, including installation processes, technical considerations, earthing arrangements, and inspection requirements. It includes extra resources for ECA’s 2,700 members, which range from SME electrical firms to nationwide engineering contractors and building services firms that employ thousands of professionals on major UK projects. Alfie Watterson, ECA’s Ireland Regional Manager said, “With the rapidly rising demand for EV charging points, it is vital we don’t take short cuts to ensure safe installation. This guide will help professional electricians pivot their business to new opportunities and play their part in the drive to Net Zero.” View the guide here: https://bit.ly/ElectricVehicleGuide

A new guide aims to help more electricians break into the growing electric car and van market.

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WEDNESDAY 11 MAY CLAYTON HOTEL, LIFFEY VALLEY

AEWto hold inaugural event tobring together electrical wholesalers AWARDS LUNCH TO RECOGNISE AND CELEBRATE THE BEST IN STAFF TRAINING PROGRAMME AND WEEE RECYCLING INITIATIVE…

A n exciting event hosted by the Association of Electrical Wholesalers (AEW) will take place later this year to recognise and celebrate the best performers in the staff training programme as well as the WEEE recycling initiative. The awards lunch will take place on Wednesday, 11 May at the Clayton Hotel in Liffey Valley. The event will provide a great opportunity for all electrical wholesalers across the country to come together and renew old relationships that have sadly been interrupted by Covid since 2020. Both the staff training awards and the WEEE recycling awards will be distributed across the six groups that form the AEW – CEF, Edmundsons, Fegime, IEBG, Kellihers and the Independents with four awards altogether per group. Speaking about the event, Ken

Legros, AEW Administrator commented: “I am delighted to confirm that both Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO of the EDA in the UK and Leo Donovan CEO of WEEE Ireland will be joining us for the awards ceremony. The AEW is extremely lucky to be associated with these two fantastic organisations and we are very grateful to them for their support.” The staff training awards will reward the best learner in each group as well as the runner-up, with points being awarded for the results achieved in each individual module – a distinction earns three points; a credit earns two points; and a pass earns one point. The more modules that a learner completes and the better the results achieved in each module will determine who wins the awards. There will also be an award for the best overall learner

from across all members groups. Meanwhile, the WEEE Recycling awards will reward the best branch in each group and also the most improved branch in each group. There will also be an overall winner from across all members of the AEW. For further information on the awards lunch, please contact Ken Legros at admin@iebg.ie or telephone +353 (0)85 207 2761 (RoI)

“AEW Awards recognise and celebrate the best performers in the staff training programme as well as the WEEE recycling initiative.”

AEW ASSOCIATIONOFELECTRICALWHOLESALERS TRAINING AWARDS 2022

AEW ASSOCIATIONOFELECTRICALWHOLESALERS RECYCLINGAWARDS 2022

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We are excited to announce the 2022 Ireland’s Electrical Awards LIVE Event! Join us as we celebrate the very best that Ireland’s electrical industry has to offer. Email entries to: awards@kmpltd.co.uk Entry deadline: 3pmThursday 31 March 2022 ENTER NOW

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T his year marks a return to our live Electrical Awards ceremony after two years of hosting our awards virtually. We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting our Gala Awards Ceremony on Friday, 10 June at the Crowne Plaza, Santry, Co. Dublin. Organised by Ireland’s Electrical Magazine and judged by an independent panel of respected industry experts, these awards collectively recognise the achievements of both companies and individuals within the electrical industry. Each year we are amazed at the level of entries and the calibre demonstrated across all the categories. Finalists will be announced week

commencing 9 May and we will contact you directly if you’ve been successful. Following the event, the awards will be reviewed across Ireland’s Electrical Magazine and its social platforms. So, if your company or someone you know has excelled in the industry over the past two years, please get involved and enter them for this year’s awards. You can enter multiple categories but remember that the DEADLINE for all entries is 31 March 2022. To request an entry form or to receive further information on Ireland’s Electrical Awards 2022, you can contact our team on T: 01 696 8319 or E: awards@kmpltd.co.uk

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Step 5: Finalists will be announced week commencing April, 18 and we will contact you directly if you have been successful. Step 6: The Gala Awards Ceremony will take place on June, 10 at the Crowne Plaza, Santry, Co. Dublin.

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TECHNICAL ADVICE

THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION (ECA) IS THE AUTHORATIVE VOICE OF THE INDUSTRY AND IRELAND’S ELECTRICAL MAGAZINE PROVIDES A FORUM FOR THE ORGANISATION TO HIGHLIGHT ITS IMPORTANT WORK...

DON’T CUT CORNERS… PLAN, TEST, ISOLATE! ECA’s newelectrical installer safety campaign aims to raise awareness

Y ou wouldn’t drink and drive, so why would you work on a circuit without isolating it? Every year, people working on electrical installations suffer avoidable electric shock and burn injuries, some of which are tragically fatal. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), between 2015 and 2020, 21 fatalities were reported under RIDDOR which were caused by contact with electricity. ECA’s new electrical installer safety campaign, ‘Don’t cut corners! Plan, Test, isolate’ aims to raise awareness of this issue, promote safe isolation procedures, and ultimately reduce the number of injuries caused by incorrect isolation of low-voltage circuits. What is isolation? Isolation means safely establishing a break in the electricity supply to an installation. This also means making sure any inadvertent reconnection is not possible. One of the key principles of safe isolation is that the person carrying out the work should have full control of the point of isolation. If

you are working on an installation, you should know exactly what has been done to isolate it, along with the risks that may be involved, as well as what to do in an emergency. Securing the point of isolation should be by a combination of the following methods: • A padlock, with a unique key or combination • A locked switch-room door, or locked distribution box • Circuit breakers should be locked off using an appropriate locking-off clip with a padlock • Removal of the relevant circuit fuse Employers, what are your obligations? The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sets out the general health and safety duties of employers, employees and the self-employed. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 are also key as they require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity during work activities.

“At the end of the day, safe isolation could save your life. Don’t cut corners, and don’t leave your, or your employees’ safety to chance.” Don’t cut corners In the coming weeks, ECA will share a range of guidance and materials, including a step-by-step video to help you, your colleagues and your employees to ensure safe isolation procedures are followed and the risk of electric shock is kept to an absolute minimum.

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Keep an eye on ECA’s social media channels and www.ecatoday.co.uk for more information and resources. ECA will also soon be launching an animation video outlining 10 key steps to safe isolation…so watch this space!

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A £1.6 MILLION ELECTRICAL UPGRADE FROM BRAHAM ELECTRICAL SUPPORTS AIB BANK’S MAJOR GRADE A REFURBISHMENT PROJECT TO ITS BELFAST HEAD OFFICE… ELECTRICALCONTRACTOR

B raham Electrical carried out the complete refurbishment of all services throughout the AIB Head Office building including the lighting, general power, data cabling and fire alarm systems. Work was carried out over six floors. The ground floor comprised: main entrance, café with breakout area, town hall meeting rooms and office accommodation, secondary comms room, the main switch room, and plant room. The first floor included: office accommodation and the main comms room, the second floor: office accommodation and secondary comms room; and a shell and core fit-out for future office accommodation on the

third, fourth and fifth floor. This complex project presented a number of logistical headaches for the Braham Electrical team. Work had to be carried out within the bank’s live working environment with noise level restrictions in place to ensure minimal disruption to the client and the neighbouring hotel. To facilitate these challenging issues the programme of works was carried out over four phases to ensure no interruption to business. Shutdowns of the main power to allow alterations to the main switchboard took place over weekends along with shutdown and changeover of the IT network and ATM facilities. The busy city centre location

and tight footprint also required a strategic approach to arranging supply delivery slots. Braham Electrical Contracts Manager, Matt Beattie said, “Carrying out the works one floor at a time helped maintain business operation for AIB, but it added complication to the project, with system diversions and enabling works required to ensure mains power and data network systems remained live where needed.” Braham Electrical’s longstanding relationships with main contractor, Felix O’Hare, and supply chain proved vitally important to the success in the strategic planning required to provide the necessary direction and

“Judges praised the attention to detail on site and quality of installation.”

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“Carrying out the works one floor at a time helped maintain business operation for AIB, but it added complication to the project.” Client: AIB Main Contractor: Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd Electrical Contractor: Braham Electrical Architect: Todds Architects Project Manager: Nigel Lynch & Associates PROJECTTEAM...

the exceptionally high standard of performance required to complete this project at every stage. Commenting on the AIB Head Office job, Matt said, “We worked closely with the main contractor Felix O’Hare and our supply chain throughout the project to ensure effective co-ordination and planning to identify and alleviate problems before they arose.” “The big issue we had to contend with – as everyone did – was Covid-19, which arrived during the first phase. This had a major impact, shutting down the project for several weeks. Even once the site reopened, it was at a reduced labour capacity due to the necessary enhanced testing and cleaning regimes. The programme, however, was adjusted, and these issues were overcome, resulting in a very successful contract.” Already considered a high profile project within the industry, Braham Electrical

Commercial Project Electrical Award for its work at AIB Head Office. Judges praised the attention to detail on site and quality of installation. The complexities of the working environment coupled with an extremely restricted site access for supply deliveries etc., would be a tall order for most contractors to contend with. Yet Braham Electrical and their supply chain rose to all challenges to fulfil a highly complicated brief to Grade A standards. The Warrenpoint-based firm is an established electrical contractor that has led the way throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland for 50 years. Founded in 1972, the company has thrived with a workforce of over 50 directly employed employees and 100+ sub-contractors. It is solidly resourced and equipped to achieve excellence in innovation, quality and delivery in every project it’s associated with, in particular commercial, public realm, street and flood lighting contracts.

raised the bar further by winning the Northern Ireland 2021 Medium

M+E Design: Semple & McKillop

Braham Electrical, 7A Charlotte St, Warrenpoint, Newry BT34 3LF T: +44 (0)28 4177 2989 - E: info@brahamelectrical.com www.brahamelectrical.com

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ASHDALE ENGINEERING LTD APPOINTED AS UPS SPECIALISTS ON MAJOR AIB PROJECT… UPSSPECIALISTS

W hen Braham Electrical was awarded the Electrical Installation contract for AIB they turned to Ashdale Engineering Ltd as their appointed specialist for the UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supplies) provision on the project. The specification called for a 40KVA UPS system to support the main IT infrastructure, along with a network connectivity card and wrap around bypass. Ashdale worked in collaboration with main contractor, Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd and with Braham’s who provided all the mains wiring to the systems. Ashdale completed all the battery assembly, final

commissioning of the UPS systems and continues to provide maintenance on the systems with 24/7 support. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine about their use of UPS systems, Ashdale’s Operations Director Colin Simms said: “When I commenced my career at Ashdale some 30 years ago, UPS systems like computers and electronic systems in general were an emerging technology and were large, noisy and expensive. “Modern UPS are much more economical, energy efficient, quieter and compact with features such as touch screen. They also have excellent connectivity to alert

An Ashdale engineer commissions the new UPS System.

“Modern UPS are much more economical, energy efficient, quieter and compact.”

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“Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) provide continuous power to critical systems 24/7 365 days per year. These are becoming more important as our reliance on technology increases.” Ashdale’s Operations Director Colin Simms.

Equipment used

clients to any disturbances in the mains supplies.” Sited between the mains supply and the critical load a true on- line UPS will provide perfect 230V/400V at 50Hz to the equipment it supports, no matter how the mains fluctuate. If the power fails or dips the battery allows the unit to continue to operate, this could be for five minutes until a site generator kicks in or three hours in the case of supporting emergency lighting or security control centres for example. Ashdale has been a certified sales and service partner for Riello UPS systems for over 15 years. Working closely with the manufacturer, Ashdale ensures its engineers are OEM trained, and that they keep abreast of the latest products software, firmware and features. From their Belfast premises, Ashdale supports UPS systems throughout the UK and Ireland.

They hold a stock range of new UPS from 600VA to 30KVA along with bypass systems, and SLA batteries. They also keep a range of UPS for hire up to 100KVA and the most comprehensive range of Riello UPS spare parts in Northern Ireland, making them the number one choice for UPS systems. Ashdale has been very fortunate to have worked on many landmark buildings within Belfast City Centre and this was the first time they had worked with AIB. The company has been working with Braham Electrical for many years, providing UPS systems to back up critical IT systems for projects including, Hillyard House Hotel, Translink Glider Service Centre, Belfast and Maynooth University. Ashdale has also been delighted to work in the supply chain with Felix O’Hare on recent projects including, Queens School of Law, Royal Victoria Hospital non-clinical building and Merchant House Belfast.

1 x Riello UPS 40kVA Multi Sentry (MST) A high efficiency, transformer-free UPS with one of the most compact footprints in its category. Designed to provide proven protection for mission-critical telecoms and IT networks.

1 x Riello UPS 10kVA Sentryum Riello UPS’s latest generation of

transformerless solutions. Fantastic flexibility with a choice of five power ratings and three cabinet sizes to maximise battery autonomy and optimise floorspace. 1 x Riello UPS 2.2kVA Sentinel Pro (SEP) Single-phase UPS that delivers high power density in a compact footprint. User- friendly plug and play installation provides maximum double-conversion, online protection with a high overload capacity (up to 150%) and a wide input voltage range (140-240V).

Ashdale Engineering, 39A York Park, Belfast, BT15 3PX T: 028 9078 3000 E: info@ashdale.co.uk

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AIBHEADOFFICE, BELFAST

ALLIED IRISH BANK (AIB) OPTED FOR BEST IN CLASS FOR THEIR NEW BELFAST HEADQUARTERS, SELECTING COMMSCOPE SOLUTIONS PREMIUM SYSTIMAX®️ ARCHITECTURE TO SUPPORT A 10G COPPER-BASED LAN ARCHITECTURE FOR ALL I.P BASED SERVICES.... NETWORKARCHITECTURESERVICES

T hrough CommScope’s comprehensive training, processes, offered through the CommScope PartnerPRO Network, Solution Providers are available to install and support CommScope high quality technologies, providing confidence and reassurance to clients. certification and accreditation Crown Infrastructure Solutions was selected as partner of choice for this major installation, having several years of accreditation already under its belt. Moreover, the company has a significant directly employed and highly trained workforce to deliver in excess of 3,500 CAT6A outlets within a short and condensed timeframe. Over a total of three floors, Crown installed SYSTIMAX Solutions Gigaspeed

X10D solution supporting I.P transmission up to 10GB. This is further complemented by a robust Lazrspeed OM4, 40-100GB fibre optic backbone installed in a resilient fashion throughout. Commenting on the installation, Strategic Development Director of Crown, Simon Murray said: “We have always considered it to be a privilege to have the SYSTIMAX accreditation in conjunction with our friends in CommScope as we know the high standards they demand of their partners across the globe. “In the absence of significant industry regulation, their training academy and examination system is second to none. That provides total piece of mind for our clients and also protects the prestigious CommScope brand from poor quality installations.”

Crown Industries, Unit 1c, 4 W Bank Drive, Belfast BT3 9LA T: +44 (0)28 9077 2200 - E: simon@crownind.co.uk www.crownind.co.uk

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LIGHTSOURCE IS DELIGHTED TO HAVE COLLABORATED WITH THE DESIGN AND INSTALL TEAM ON THE ICONIC AIB HEAD QUARTERS, BELFAST... LIGHTFITTINGS

T he company provided a supporting role in the supply and consultation of most light fittings throughout the building. Much consideration was given to both the overall aesthetic of the lighting and the overall performance. Factors such as beam angle, colour temperature and glare rating were of paramount importance to ensure the desired finish and lighting levels were achieved. The design team selected the iconic Hexagon fitting by Intra Lighting for the main reception area, Intra Lighting’s ‘Pipes’ pendants were used extensively due to their minimal aesthetic and high- quality finish and spot; and downlighting from Linea Light and Intra lighting was used as it provides a low glare, high output solution for many of the general circulation areas. Pendants fromWever & Ducre add depth and atmosphere to

the break-out area next to the living wall feature. Throughout its many years of experience, Lightsource has worked with some of the very best architects, designers and brands to help bring projects to life. With a dedicated in-house team of consultants, the company has been able to achieve some incredibly stunning results. Previous projects include Merchant Square, Belfast, The Grand Opera House, Belfast, Hinch Distillery, Ballynahinch and Europa Hotel, Belfast to name a few. The family-owned business is deeply committed to every client, making them feel a part of the team. This involves free consultancy and lighting specifications when given the opportunity to quote, a 3-hour response to all queries, sourcing and value engineering to save money and bespoke manufacturing for clients’ specific needs.

Lightsource, The Engine Room, Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE. T: +44 (0)28 9066 6615 - E: sales@thelightsource.co.uk www.thelightsource.co.uk

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EXOBUILDING, DUBLIN

ELECTRICAL SERVICES

ICONIC NEW BUILDING…

J . Vaughan Electrical Contractors Ltd (JVE) recently completed an iconic new feature to Dublin City’s skyline, the EXO Building. Standing at 16 storeys high over 16,000m 2 , it is the tallest commercial building in Ireland situated over three basement levels with ground floor receptions and mezzanine, along with 15 floors of office space, roof garden, roof plant and public space lighting upgrade. With the building supported at ground level by three elliptical cores, it represents one of the most impressive structures in the capital with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. JVE completed the electrical services installation, comprising a full range of electrical services including, MV/LV distribution, lightning protection, CHP, life safety generator back-up, fire alarm, security, disabled services, category A office fit- out, and feature lighting in public spaces, façade, and reception. The installation was assisted using Building Information Modelling (BIM). This allowed the entire project to be co-ordinated across all stakeholders in 3D Revit and delivered a handover to the client which includes real time maintenance folders accessible through the 3D model. Electrical Services installation required careful consideration to ensure the unique height of the building met regulations, and in particular the

“The EXO Building is the tallest commercial building in Ireland.”

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implementation of BS 9999 Fire Safety in the design, management, and use of buildings. The Life Safety Generator install was designed to ensure that all firefighting services throughout the building were protected including lifts and firefighting shafts. JVE worked closely with the design team to ensure a building of this nature was functional and manageable in the event of fire by implementing the use of ATS Switches across all the essential services. Working with the design team including, Grant Thornton, Shay Cleary Architects, MCA Architects, O’Connor Sutton Cronin Consulting Engineers and Main Contractors Bennett Construction, the project was completed over 28 months, as a result of Covid restrictions. Due to the architectural feature of the building being supported on three individual circular drum walls, the routing of cables between each drum is concealed in a complex arrangement of cable ways and mechanical ductwork. The use of BIM allowed this area to be co-ordinated and installed to an efficient programme of works for all parties.

The perimeter LED lighting around the Mezzanine floor created a featured finish to a challenging scope of work. Feature lighting There is a number of feature lighting arrangements throughout the EXO building. Whether approaching the EXO by foot, or by road, the lighting certainly adds immediate visual appeal. The Crown Lighting on the 16th-floor roof casts a subtle, yet impactful feature on the roof cladding. The 8th-floor roof terrace is delightfully lit with use of bollards, uplights, planters and seat lighting. At ground level the architectural fins which surround the elliptical cores are illuminated spectacularly by downlights. This is carried through to the reception areas, adding a visual illusion of the drum lights lighting through each glass enclosure. The public space lighting was upgraded and re-designed to allow the area to be transformed into an impressive display. The architectural pole lights offer a contemporary look to the approach, along with a colour-changing display

to uplight the plaza between the Point Village and 3 Arena. Awards • The EXO Building has been awarded LEED V3 Platinum certification, marking Europe’s first development to receive the certification prior to practical completion. This certification is the highest level by the US Green Building Council for Building Design and Construction. • JVE received a highly commended award for Large Commercial Project at the 2020 Ireland Electrical Awards for the EXO building. • The building won the prestigious International Architecture Award for 2019 from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. • The EXO has been shortlisted for the Irish Construction Awards 2021 Large Commercial Project of the Year and Green Project of the Year.

J. Vaughan Electrical Contractors Ltd, Unit 2, Northwest Centre, Northwest Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, D15 VA06. T: +353 (0)1 882 9728 - D: +353 (0)86 319 0928 E: dmills@jve.ie - www.jve.ie

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