Company: Aberla M&E | Location: Salford | Sector: Residential

Rising up behind the Black Friars Inn, Salford, Manchester, itself a Grade II listed building now renovated as part of the project, are two striking towers of apartments as developed by M&E contractors Aberla M&E, part of the Aberla Group from Warrington.

Local Blackfriars, a Domis Construction led project consists of 380 luxury apartments, townhouses and top floor penthouses, plus a gym, café, cinema, launderette, a landscaped piazza area and commercial accommodation on the ground floor.

The M&E works are including a full electrical install and Aberla turned to the companies of the Installations Materials Division to supply all the necessary switchgear and cable management requirements. Proteus Industrial Switchgear supplied two bespoke free standing cubicle switchboards and two specially designed MCCB panel boards which in turn were connected to an automatic transfer switch supplying another board for life critical services. Further sub-distribution boards to each floor fed to Proteus Consumer Units in each apartment.

All the necessary wire basket was supplied by Tamlex Steel Cable Management with factory to site deliveries being so marked that they could be lifted directly onto the correct floor to minimise handling and increase efficiency. “The FastConnect system is a very effective way of quickly connecting the baskets together. It is saving us time and money on site, which is a great help on such a large project”, said Andy Rea, Electrical Site Manager for Aberla M&E.