The £9 million Kings Science Academy (KSA), being developed in Bradford by BAM Construction, will be a new purpose-built science school for 800 pupils when it fully opens in spring 2013.
Apex has been specified for the electrical wiring contract, which will see the Durham-based firm design, manufacture and supply a system featuring pre-wired distribution boards, fully pluggable lighting and power units throughout the school.
More than 11,000 metres of cabling will be used for the modular wiring system to provide improved power and lighting distribution while 600 pre-wired power accessories will be included for ease-of-use and access.
The modular wiring will be installed in a tight 12 week timeframe, by mechanical and electrical engineering company Shepherd Engineering Services Limited (SES), which has already completed the installation of Apex systems at other schools in Hull and Nottingham.
According to Building Cost Information Service research on behalf of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, only 63% of site-based construction projects are delivered on time and only 49% are delivered to budget.
Offsite modular construction represents a step change in how buildings are designed and built because they make the process quicker and more cost effective.
Apex has designed a bespoke system which will cut onsite electrical installation times and waste, providing a quality and highly flexible pre-assembled power distribution and lighting system on time and within budget as part of the overall multi-million pound build programme.
All the modular components will be produced and quality checked and tested at the company’s manufacturing facility before being supplied to site ready for installation.
Paul Hopps, Apex’s sales manager, said that the use of prefabricated connectors and preassembled cables reduces onsite installation times by up to 70 per cent.
He added: “With electrical wiring installation increasingly having to be completed within very tight time windows, those responsible for specification for construction and building projects recognise the time and cost savings benefits of modular wiring.
“Our systems enable electrical contractors to complete even the most complex installations quicker and more efficient than ever before.”
Apex modular wiring systems can also provide improved health and safety because they minimise the amount of time contractors are required to work at height while also reducing the need for onsite cable and conduit cutting tools which can cause accidents.
Jim Marner, national pre-construction director at SES, said: “Modular wiring is a superb build methodology that we will continue to design and install into our projects.
“The off-site manufactured wiring solution allows us to carry out smart engineering and co-ordination at the front end avoiding the problems often associated with installing a traditional hard wired system on a construction site.”