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Swift Solution for Hospital

Cablofil's steel wire tray has been installed in Watford General Hospital's new AAU (Accute Admissions Unit), recently completed as part of the hospital's ambitious rebuild programme. Designed by Murphy Philipps Architects, the three-storey building provides 120 beds for emergency admissions, two cardiac catheterisation laboratories, diagnostics including x-ray, ultrasound and CT scanner, pharmacy manufacture and robotics, library and a roof-top plant room.

The building was manufactured off site in York. 150 steel-framed modules were delivered to site and craned into position, complete with partitions, electrics, plumbing, sanitary ware and finishes already in place. The new AAU is linked to the existing hospital, and was finished in wedgewood blue with contrasting white render and aluminium cladding for a contemporary appearance.
Using these modular construction techniques, main contractor, Yorkon, transported the modules to Watford, allowing the construction team to then simply bolt them together on site and completed the final fixes and finishes.

M&E contractor, Connect 2, specified Cablofil steel wire tray as the quickest and most cost-efficient method of cable containment. The tray was used to contain the building's voice, data, security, fire alarm and sub mains cabling alongside trunking and conduit containment for the unit's general power requirements.

"The electrical services required in a modern health facility setting are complex," comments Phil Blackburn from Connect 2. "As labour is often the biggest cost associated with any electrical installation, specifying a product that reduces the time the electrical contractor needs to spend on site can dramatically reduce costs.

In our experience, wire tray can reduce the time taken to install the cable management system by around a third, as compared to perforated steel tray. What's more, because the product is so flexible and can be cut, bent and fixed on site, the contractor doesn't have to factor in any additional time for delays while we wait for bespoke joins or angles to be prefabricated".

The Cablofil tray was installed as vertical risers to carry services throughout the building and on each floor the tray was installed in the ceiling voids. Connect 2 installed four runs of tray side by side within the ceiling voids using a single Cablofil bracket, saving time on site and reducing costs.

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