Plymouth University Chooses Ackermann for New Marine Building

Plymouth University has selected MK Electric’s Ackermann power distribution solutions for the £19 million construction of its new world-class marine facility, a dedicated global institute for research, innovation and enterprise in the marine and maritime sectors.

The new centre - which houses the country’s most advanced wave tank testing equipment - uses Ackermann Cablelink Plus Modular floorboxes throughout, delivering an unobtrusive and discreet cable management solution within its raised floors, guaranteeing robustness and easy installation.

The floorboxes are engineered to incorporate a unique ‘ladder’ design enabling modules to be positioned at a series of heights within the box to cater for Cat 6 patch leads, transformer plug tops and audio visual applications. The floorbox design enables modules to be installed and removed whilst still in situ ensuring total flexibility.

Burwell Deakins architect Scott McCallum who designed the new centre said: “We have conducted extensive research designed to understand the future of academic teaching spaces. MK Electric’s Ackermann products played an important part in helping us develop a building capable of adapting into an open plan or cellular space depending on teaching requirements.”

The centre will host the Marine Institute, a world class team of researchers and scientists focusing on excellence in sea-related disciplines including oceanography, hydrography and marine biology, in addition to engineering, shipping and professional development for the navigation industry.

Chris Bunce, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at Plymouth University comments: “For us, the biggest attraction of using the Ackermann floorboxes was the flexibility it has provided us with. This is a centre that will be used extensively by scientists and researchers for decades to come, and it’s important we have a facility that can dynamically adapt to their changing requirements.”

In total the five-storey marine building uses 4.8 kilometres of cable, and has been built to extremely high standards of sustainability using 500 tonnes of steel and 300 cubic metres of recycled aggregate. The Plymouth University Marine Building was opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh during a dedicated ceremony on October 30th 2012.

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