Building the core infrastructure
The new exhibitions required the redevelopment of the large Hanger 1, and ACCL became involved as a subcontractor of Bower Fuller, who were awarded the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building services contract. The innovative exhibits will utilise the latest technologies so ACCL was required to install a state of the art cabling infrastructure.
An Excel Category 6 UTP cabling system was installed over two floors. The cabling infrastructure was designed to give the museum maximum flexibility on how the space can be used to exhibit its vast collection of aircraft.
The main computer room is located on the ground floor, with three satellite communications cabinets located around the hanger. The cabinets were interconnected via OM4 multimode fibre backbone cables and approximately 470 Category 6 RJ45 outlets were installed throughout the hanger.
ACCL worked closely with the electrical contractors, overcoming challenges regarding the design of the containment for the network cabling and project managing the installation. Over 80 floor boxes have been installed within the main hanger area, fed via a perimeter cable tray system. The capacity required, needed to be carefully calculated, so that the electrical contractor could provide sufficient conduits to feed the floorboxes, before the concrete floor was laid.
The project has now been handed over to the MET Studio exhibition designers to start connecting the displays which tell the story of the first hundred years of the RAF. Working with the museum’s exhibition development team. MET will provide 3D and 2D graphic design services as well as advising on the interactive exhibit development and visitor experience being created for this exciting new gallery.