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Technocover’s fastrack security kiosks take pole position on Wessex Water’s ‘Grid’

Posted: Friday 16th January 2015

LPCB approved security kiosks from Technocover, pre-built and pre-fitted with M&E services, have saved build time on Wessex Water’s new ‘Water Supply Grid’.

Wessex Water’s appointed contractor, Trant Engineering Ltd, consulted early with security specialist, Technocover, on maximising offsite construction of the four steel UltraSecure kiosks for pumping stations between Cattistock and Chetnole in Dorset.

Equipment included a 1.75m by 1.75m by 2.1m high water sampling cabinet, two personnel kiosks measuring 4.5m by 2.5m by 2.5m high, and the largest at 5.2m by 5.2m by 2.5m high.

Planning of the pre-build had to account for delivery to three separate sites with difficult logistics. Site access was complicated by narrow country lanes and vehicle turning constraints, as well as the need for sensitive movement of equipment across privately owned land.

Over 95% of the kiosk build was completed under ISO 9001 quality management at Technocover’s Mid Wales factory, including service fit-out, fixtures and paint finish. Together with careful planning of equipment delivery, lifting and installation, Technocover’s site team installed all four kiosks in three days, saving an estimated five days on site.

With a 27 sqm+ footprint and weighing 4.6 tonnes, the largest was engineered and constructed in two halves to slot together, bolt down and accept site services with minimum fuss.

The specification included lighting, power points, control panel, heating and ventilation (H&V), louvres vents, secure access for temporary cable feeds, and aerial mounting brackets on the exterior. It also incorporates a double door and single emergency door with LPCB approved doorsets and locking, plus internal insulation and a plywood finish.

Jamie Elliott, Trant site manager and project coordinator, said: “We usually allow, in a worst case scenario, two additional days for electrics and services fit-out. In this case, the largest kiosk was delivered, installed and we were in receipt of all relevant test documentation in one day.”

Elsewhere, installation of the remaining two personnel kiosks included removal and replacement of an existing GRP unit within a 60 minute maximum exposure time for electrical controls inside.

“Dismantling of the existing structure and installation of the two new kiosks was completed in one day where we had allowed a day for each,” said Mr Elliott. “With all the domestics already

installed and tested, it really is a plug-and-go solution. Site work involved as little as fixing to the slab, levelling the structure and sealing it up.”

Technocover offers a range of assembly options for its modular UltraSecure fabricated steel kiosks within the scope of their LPCB approval. Kiosks can come ‘flat-packed’ for site assembly where access and crane lifting is especially hampered, or as complete ‘plug-in’ units, as at Wessex Water’s Grid.

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