Lifecycle replacement of key electrical infrastructure

GroupMetropolitan were invited to competitively tender the main electrical infrastructure replacement project due to previous experience of similar projects. The project was fully designed prior to our engagement and consisted of replacing 8nr transformers and switch panels across 4 substations on the Museum's private 6.6kV network.

The project posed significant logistical challenges from the outset, with equipment procurement, delivery and installation all impacted by the global Covid pandemic. Initially we intended to use the closure of the museum during the pandemic to deliver and install the new equipment, but this quickly altered when the museum became a vaccination centre.

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A new phased logistics plan was developed to ensure that the project had no impact on the vaccination roll out and minimised any interface with public spaces to ensure safety.

The equipment was replaced substation by substation, isolating equipment from the network to allow replacement in a phased manner, minimising impact to operational areas of the building. A detailed testing and commissioning plan was developed with the design team to provide all stakeholders with the information well in advance of any necessary attendances. Equipment was tested and commissioned periodically throughout the project as substations were brought back online.

Team Fit Out completed the project by decorating all of the switch rooms, ensuring the highest quality finish.

The client was full of praise for the delivery of such a challenging project through difficult global conditions.

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  • Client
    Science Museum
  • Duration
    12 Months
  • Value
  • Location
    South West London