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MARSHALL-TUFFLEX Systems Deliver For Irish Government Project

A raft of products from market-leading cable management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex, via its Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland sole distributor Core Electrical, helped ensure the on-time and successful re-fit of Ireland’s newly refurbished Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport building in central Dublin.

The five-storey building is also now home to the relocated Irish Coast Guard’s Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, which operates its emergency search and rescue operations from this hi-tech base.

Core Electrical worked closely with the OPW (Office of Public Works) and electrical contractor Mercury Engineering, recommending a number of products from Marshall-Tufflex for the project, which involved the upgrading of two buildings in central Dublin. The time-pressured contract required Core Electrical to advise on the electrical specification plus supply systems selected to deliver a cutting edge facility with power/data supplies upgraded and future-proofed, in some areas up to Cat 7 compliance.

Central to the success of the refurbishment was the specification of Marshall-Tufflex's prefabricated MT32 pre-wired underfloor power delivery solution, which reduced labour time by approximately 200 hours, according to Donal Hackett, of building services contractor Mercury Engineering. Mercury worked alongside the OPW and Walls Construction on the project. Core Electrical consulted and supplied the Marshall-Tufflex products.

Frank Reilly, from the OPW, said: “Mercury Engineering put Marshall-Tufflex’s MT32 system forward and we evaluated it alongside the alternatives. We liked the fact that MT32 gave us greater flexibility for future-proofing, plus there were significant cost savings to be made.”

MT32 is a modular pre-wired and pre-tested 32Amp power connection system that clicks together. Far more flexible than traditional powertrack options, MT32 allows power to be delivered to far greater floor area – ‘as much as three times more’ says Marshall-Tufflex. It is also ideal for complex fit-outs with a high density of outlets, such as within the MRCC, and also for older buildings with irregular layouts.

Mercury Engineering also installed Marshall-Tufflex’s Cat 6 compliant PowerPoles to carry power and data from ceiling level to desks in Department of Transport offices. Where cabling services are contained within partition walls, Marshall-Tufflex’s EMC/LSOH MT Supertube was used because of its ease and speed of installation combined with ‘bendability’ over traditional steel conduit.

Fundamental to the refit was the upgrading of structured cabling to a CAT 6 installation in the main office areas and to CAT 6A category in the majority of the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre.

The project also included the refit of an adjacent five storey Georgian building that provides further office accommodation for the Department. Here Marshall-Tufflex’s CAT 6 compliant all-curved Odyssey PVC-U cable containment system was recommended by Core Electrical as being the most ‘pleasing to the eye’ surface mounted trunking solution designed to minimise interference to the fabric of the building.

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