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Blackhall St Columba’s Church


Client: John Dennis
Project length: 12 months
Project Value: £210k
Completion date: August 2020
HF divisions involved: Electrical, Fire & Security

Brief project description: Our Electrical and Fire & Security divisions were contracted to carry out the following installation works to Blackhall St Columba’s Church located in Edinburgh:

Power Distribution

Our Electricians provided new TPN distribution boards within the phase 1 area as noted on the schematic and on layout drawings. This included provided boards as split power and lighting boards where detailed.

General Power Installation

We fitted new electrical sockets which were installed throughout the Church for general use and for use by the assigned AV Contractor.

Lighting Installation

As part of an upgrade to LED lighting, we provided a complete internal lighting and lighting control scheme for the project. This included providing LED lighting in plant-rooms and utility areas for safe access and working conditions for occupants.

Emergency Lighting Installation

Emergency Lighting is essential for the safety of occupants who need to leave a building safely and quickly in the event of a fire.  We provided an emergency lighting installation service that provides adequate escape lighting to the building in cases of emergency and/or mains power failure.

Fire Alarm and System Installation

Our Fire & Security Division were contracted to provide L1 detection systems with variations as agreed. Aspirating Fire and Smoke Detection Systems were installed at high level points within the main hall.

Project Challenges:

The Blackhall St Columba’s Church main hall is 13 metres high. As part of the electrical rewiring process, we had to re-wire and hang the LED lights using a mobile elevation work platform (MEWP). At HF, we recognise the importance of continual improvement in Health and Safety standards. All contract managers have Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certificates, issued by the CITB. A core group of engineers all possess PASMA tickets, which allows them to operate mobile towers and scaffolds. They also have IPAF tickets for the operation of Mobile Elevating Working Platforms such as MEWP, Cherry Pickers and Scissor Lifts, in a safe and professional manner.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about this case study, the Electrical or Fire & Security work we provided or any details related to the LED lighting upgrade work we carried out,  please contact us.

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