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NG Bailey wins structured cabling contract at IET HQ

NG Bailey
Wednesday 27 May 15

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is working with NG Bailey’s IT Services division to install a site wide structured cabling solution at its London office at Savoy Place, WC2. The IT upgrade is a key component of a two year £30 million refurbishment project that is already underway and is set to be completed in October 2015. The IET’s headquarters is a global engineering and technology hub…

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is working with NG Bailey’s IT Services division to install a site wide structured cabling solution at its London office at Savoy Place, WC2. The IT upgrade is a key component of a two year £30 million refurbishment project that is already underway and is set to be completed in October 2015.

The IET’s headquarters is a global engineering and technology hub, providing a central London work and meeting space for the Institute’s members, together with a heritage library, knowledge centre, and conference facilities.

NG Bailey has been contracted to install a high performance structured cabling solution that will future proof the IT infrastructure at the property, enabling the IET to benefit from increases in prevailing connectivity speeds of up to 40Gbits/s. This will ensure the technically demanding future requirements of its members can continue to be met without needing to disrupt Savoy Place with further structural and cabling works.

The work is the first major structural upgrade of facilities and services in 30 years and brings with it considerable pressure to preserve the building’s heritage and original aesthetics.

Ann Rees, Savoy Place refurbishment programme manager, IET, comments: “Our members wanted to see the capabilities of Savoy Place upgraded so they could work in a physical and digital environment that delivers the efficiency and resources needed to support today’s engineering and technology community. A key part of this is the provision of a cutting edge network environment, now and in the future.”

The structured cabling infrastructure will underpin a number of building systems enhancements designed to modernise the property, including an electronic swipe card solution that will provide secure access to and from the building and authorise member access to the IET’s 13,000+ educational resources.

“The IET has commissioned a number of partners to upgrade this prestigious building, which means we need to operate flexibly and collaboratively if we are to manage fluctuations across multiple building delivery schedules,” comments Scott Baker, head of new business, NG Bailey’s IT Services division. “This contract needed a partner with strong experience in managing sympathetic installations that will preserve the building’s character and heritage. The combination of NG Bailey’s broader knowledge of building, electrical and mechanical engineering with its specialist expertise in ICT systems gives our installation team a keen awareness of the wider refurbishment, enabling us to anticipate and resolve installation challenges before they cause programme delays.”

Ann, IET, adds: “We wanted to go beyond your average London office space and transform Savoy Place entirely, complete with a high performance, future-proofed IT infrastructure. NG Bailey has a strong reputation in the industry for planning and delivering projects of this nature, so we’re confident that the new network, as with as the new décor and facilities, will be something our members can be proud of.”

An extended digital ‘fly through’ of the IET London’s new Savoy Place can be viewed here.


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