Making Light of Complex Hospital Project

A growing North East electrical business has completed work on the most technically challenging project it has tackled in its 40 year history.

The £200,000 specialist lighting systems installed in the new Culture Centre at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary demonstrated new levels of expertise provided by McNally and Thompson.

The centre, which comprises café space, meeting rooms, a boardroom and staff gym is considered the jewel in the crown of a £300 million, eight-year construction project. It features specially designed and manufactured light fittings operated by sophisticated, intelligent dimming systems.

The Sunderland based electrical contractors also provided services for the two new clinical blocks, installing over 14 miles of cabling for the primary electrical services, security and fire alarm systems and communications network in the general office space, teaching rooms and lecture theatre.

Fred Hood, Managing Director with McNally and Thompson, said:  “It was fantastic to have been selected to work on such a prestige project and to be given the opportunity to deliver such a technically challenging lighting system.  It is by far the most complex we have ever undertaken.  Great credit goes to the team which carried out the work, on budget and the results are extremely impressive.  Hopefully it will open up more opportunities to take on this level of highly technical work.”

McNally and Thompson supported Laing O’Rourke and Crown House on the double track project – a private finance initiative with Newcastle Hospitals  PFI  to create the clinical building and  office block and a direct contract with the trust to produce the Culture Centre.

Rob Jones, Services Project Leader on the contract, commented:  “They provided high levels of innovation throughout to deliver good quality installation.  In addition, good communication helped develop excellent working relationships with all involved – a vital commodity in a project of this scale.”

Experts in the installation of electrical and mechanical services at offices, retail outlets, hospitals, health centres, schools and sheltered accommodation, McNally and Thompson has seen exceptional growth in the last two years, during which new contracts have bolstered the order book to over £4 million.

The company is about to begin work which will provide a site-wide low voltage network, fire alarms, call systems, door entry, CCTV, data installations, general lighting and power to 175 apartments at a new retirement village in Fordfield Road, Sunderland.

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