Carmel College Case Study – Rewire + Data

The Client

Carmel College, Darlington

The Brief

As an ongoing working partner with Carmel College, we were challenged with updating and rewiring the extent of the electrical & data supply throughout the school due to it being out of date and no longer fit for purpose.


The Activity:

Working alongside KYOOB Electrical Consultants, T. Manners building solutions and Thorntonfirkin project management, we were tasked with a full rewire and upgrade of data accessibility for the classrooms within the college due to a recently failed EICR safety report.

The project required the removal and replacement of the previous lighting, wiring facilities and electrical installations plus remedial building works, all within the summer holiday break, to ensure reinstatement of the decor ready for the start of the new term and minimal disruption to the students and staff.

If the extent of the job & required timescales weren’t challenge enough, the age of the building and structure work had to be managed empathetically, plus it was also advised that there were bats roosting within the building who had to be considered & protected whilst the works were carried out.

After initial surveys, design meetings and pre-start meeting with the builders and project management collaborators, we engaged our team in some additional training to ensure they were aware of how to work around the bats to guarantee minimum physical and noise disruption, and protection to their roosts and entry/exit routes.

The Result:

We completed the full project requirement bringing the electrical and wiring installations, such as the lighting and emergency lighting, back up to the required regulatory standards, within the timescale and budget set.

All power and data installation objectives were also met, allowing the college to provide the students and staff with an up to date, speed efficient ‘online’ infrastructure.

We also successfully managed to protect the bats from the ongoing works, proven by the continued roosting and use of the area during and after the works had been completed.

What the client said:

“Thank you for considering the bats before works began and working around them so sensitively, our plan has worked really well.”

– Tina, Carmel College Local Authority Representative

Tomlinson Longstaff Ltd is an electrical contractor based in Country Durham, north east England. We offer a wide range of electrical services including design, testing, installation and maintenance.