Legrand manages power distribution

Electrak and Zucchini busbar-based solutions from Legrand have been used to distribute power through Block 3 of the £135million Mann Island development at Liverpool’s Pier Head – a World Heritage Site on the banks of the Mersey.

The Neptune Developments and Countryside Properties development comprises three black granite buildings overlooking a tiered canal basin and locks that link it with the Albert Dock complex. The development features restaurants, retail and office space, as well as luxury apartments, and is already home to Starbucks, Merseytravel and the Open Eye Gallery.

Legrand’s comprehensive power distribution solution was specified by Hannan Associates and M&E sub-contractor, Smith Group, which was operating from an MEP design performance criteria set by Cundall. The specification included Zucchini rising main busbar and tap-offs, Electrak’s buscom trunking, lighting control, power track underfloor busbar and floor boxes. In addition, the company’s desk modules were also specified by Merseytravel when it agreed terms to take over 140,000sq ft of office space at Mann Island.

Plug and play

Steve Marr, Marketing Manager for Legrand’s power distribution division, said: “Mann Island perfectly showcases our capabilities – especially when you take into account the way busbar solutions have completely changed the planning, installation, maintenance and upgrading of electrical installations.

“All of the specified products have the busbar benefit of plug and play capability, which means the electrical infrastructure is no longer a rigid backbone, but can instead be utilised as the foundation for a truly flexible and appealing commercial space.”

Carl Pickford, an electrical engineer for Hannan Associates, added: “In the past the electrical infrastructure at Mann Island would have been built using cable. Today though, with the emphasis on speed of installation, ease of maintenance and the ability to quickly and efficiently restructure a system to meet the needs of new tenants, busbar-based solutions are very much the first choice.”

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