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Richard Austin Alloys (North West)

National Steel & Aluminium Stockholder/Supplier
Manchester Location

The Challenge

The client wanted to expand their Manchester location by way of a new build to incorporate expanded storage facility, HGV access and new offices. The site had to incorporate access for HGV’s and for the employees offering loading bays, HGV turning circle, 24-hour operation, offices ground and 1st floor. The remit was to work independently directly for the client as the appointed mechanical and electrical contractor.

The Solution

Specialist software was used to design the installation from an electrical point of view and whilst cross checking manually provides clear instruction on incoming supply, cable sizes and voltage drop.

Containment was designed and installed using a combination of cable tray & galvanised trunking & conduit. Industrial cabling was installed onto cable tray in steel wire armoured cable. The containment system included high level lighting busbar, trunking provided by Legrand UK.

high level lighting busbar

Working closely with Gripple, who designed a containment system for the offices and warehousing facility. Tensioned catenary wire which supports the lighting busbar and associated LED technology is the latest technology available for this type of application and offers almost tool free installation the only tool required is a tensioner for the catenary wire.

Mains Incoming and Sub Main Distribution is metered to give the client insight into how they are using the electrical installation with regards to their energy usage. Pulsed output metering technology has been installed with access to an online portal whereby data is displayed and can be reviewed.

Electric Vehicle Charging has been installed to encourage EV usage and to assist employees to make that all important decision to help with the fight against climate change.

Emergency circuits in the form of Fire Systems & Emergency Lighting have been installed as required to ensure a safe working environment for employees and visitors to the building.

CCTV is installed for full coverage both internal and external with the latest technology provided by Oprema.

The complete lighting system offers LED lighting technology with the latest technology achieving 80000 hours for the warehouse lighting & exterior lamp post mounted flood lighting to illuminate the HGV turning circle and associated access around the building. Light fittings designed and supplied by Principal Lighting and manufactured by Disano Illuminazione. Architectural type entrance fittings again manufactured by Disano.

Energy efficiency was paramount and lighting technology is controlled via occupancy sensors, photocells, and timers to allow full control of lighting systems with a bespoke lighting control in the boardroom with scene settings.

Heating, cooling & heat recovery all controlled via automatic control to ensure maximum efficiency.

Following the completion of such a high-level project here is where we excel in building long lasting relationships with our clients. A full planned preventative maintenance contract is implemented to ensure that the technologies, services, and equipment is maintained, inspected, and tested regularly for compliance, health & safety and to prevent reactive issues.

The Results

Well, the results speak for themselves although like any sizeable project there were challenges along the way the result is fantastic and we are proud to hand over the fully designed, installed and commissioned mechanical and electrical installation with planned preventative maintenance contract. And just to add even more value it’s all managed through our online portal & compliance dashboard. Here the client can see a real time snapshot of the current compliance status. All the certificates that go along with the compliance are uploaded by our electricians and they are centralised and available 24/7 365 on any device for review or download, it really is the complete service.

The Services

  • Design
  • Containment
  • Mains Incoming & Sub Main Distribution
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Forklift truck Charging
  • Small Power
  • Industrial Power
  • Office Lighting
  • Warehouse Lighting
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire System
  • Intruder Alarm
  • Air Conditioning
  • MVHR
  • Metering
  • Leak Detection
  • BREEAM Compliance
  • PPM Contract/Ongoing Maintenance
  • This isn’t the first time we have used Volta Compliance in fact our relationship with them started over 20 years ago. They have assisted us with many projects small and large and always go the extra mile that’s why we continue to use them. The results far exceeded our expectations and with the on-going planned preventative maintenance contract we can rest assured Volta Compliance are doing everything they can to look after our installation providing us with peace of mind.
    Andrew Finlay
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