The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum in Hendon, London, was opened in 1972, to showcase the history of the RAF. The museum was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support redevelopment to celebrate and commemorate the Centenary of the RAF in 2018. Two innovative exhibitions will explore the first one hundred years through the stories of its people and invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology.
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.
The RAF Museum has another project starting in the Milestone hanger, and ACCL will be supporting the electrical contractor in deployment of additional network cabling infrastructures.
In addition, ACCL will be working directly with the RAF Museum to deliver additional IT cabling services within the museum campus site, including the main restaurant.
Nick Wright, Head of IT, RAF Museum commented:
“ACCL are experts in data cabling and I have been very happy with their approach to the Hanger 1 project and the installation that they carried out. They have developed a very thorough understanding of the Hendon site and I am delighted that we will be working with them on further projects to develop the museum.”
Wayne Connor, Managing Director ACCL responded:
“ACCL is delighted to be working with the RAF Museum as it develops new exhibitions to tell the story of the RAF through its people and its collections, using leading edge technology.”
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As the client I can only say thanks and its an amazing piece of work by all involved. Believe me that the work to coordinate this work around other issues was challenging but Wayne and ACCL were great.
I have had the pleasure of asking Wayne and team for advice and guidance over a number of years, and have always felt assured that all advice I have received was totally unbiased and 100% accurate.
The Engineers were helpful and patient. They did anything and everything that was asked of them. Thanks for a very good first job.
The Engineers were punctual and courteous whilst on site. They worked professionally, always being aware of the needs of the other tradesman who were also working on this project. They were sympathetic to the needs of the school and we are very satisfied with the overall installation.
Another professional installation by ACCL, on time and in budget!
All the people involved were extremely helpful at all times. All performed equally well in a fast-track project and responded quickly to any changes in requirements.