We designed and implemented structured cabling & CCTV on a very rural Forestry England site at Beechenhurst Lodge in Gloucestershire, and now provide ongoing telecoms & broadband with active monitoring. The implementation works were completed during a complete rebuild project working under a principal contractor’s Construction and Design Management Regulations 2015 (CDM).
The major challenge for this project was broadband connectivity; the client had a requirement for remote viewing of CCTV & provision of public WiFi. However, this area suffers from non-existent mobile phone signal, and has very limited ADSL capacity. The site is also located five miles from the nearest BT cabinet, thereby meaning that the installation of a leased line would be cost prohibitive.
Whilst on site, we were additionally engaged to design a background audio system for the café which was implemented by others. Overall, we met the client’s objectives in ensuring they could open with all services in place following practical completion.
Very quickly, it was obvious that ‘standard’ solutions were not going to work – Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) was not available, ADSL is available to the site, but due to the distance from the exchange (even with a multi-line bundled solution) was inadequate. There is little mobile phone signal on the site, and thereby we needed to look further afield.
Having worked through the options, we looked to Tooway – satellite broadband with ADSL backup with a managed failover router, achieving speeds of 22mbps down and 6mbps up, thereby meeting the business requirements. We managed the Tooway & BT Openreach installation processes remotely.
With a continual eye on the client’s budget, we concluded that the existing electrical sub-contractor was best placed to physically install the structured cabling in the first fix phase. We then completed the termination onsite during the second fix phase. To allow the most flexibility and changes to the café, we brought the PSTN telephone lines into the structured cabling infrastructure thereby allowing any of the 40 network points to support a telephone within the building. Whilst on site, we also designed the cabling layout for a background audio system
Our client sought CCTV as both to meet insurance/statutory requirements, but also as a deterrent and to allow remote monitoring of the site. Using HIKVISION IP POE cameras significantly reduced time and cost of installation – with the CCTV cabling being part of the overall structured cabling and no additional power requirements.