Time and motion – Speed of response proves to be essential in a major project. St David’s, the new home of fashion in Wales, is one of the largest retail centres in the country and represents 39% of the total retail floor space in the Cardiff – equivalent to 30 football pitches of shopping!
St David’s Partnership invested £675 million to create this spectacular new retail destination which includes John Lewis, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer with around 180 further stores. The original St David’s centre has also been given a £50 million cutting-edge refurbishment with state-of-the-art flooring, lighting and wall coverings. An additional mall was created as part of the renovation to link with the new development, containing 16 newly formatted units.
The Tenant Active System was developed to address a growing need for effective communications in major UK shopping malls. TAS delivers cost effective two-way data and voice communications between facilities management and each unit or outlet within a retail or leisure complex. Essential risk management applications such as security alerts share a platform with powerful business applications.
There are benefits for all stakeholders not least being a demonstrably safer environment. Security alerts and fast, two-way data and voice communications help towards control of crime and other threats. These are backed up by automatically generated audit trails and other business applications such as the collection of retail turnover statistics and loyalty and incentive schemes.
Martin Liddall, TAC, is the project manager at St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff. He has been with the project since its inception and is no pushover when it comes to managing the many and diverse contractors which were necessary for getting the project through on time, to budget and to the high-level quality defined by the clients.
“This was a very difficult and complex project. It was challenging ensuring that the six sub-contracting companies working for us, did what they were supposed to do, when it was needed.”
One of the contractors working for Martin was cabling expert, ACCL. The company had been called in to provide an essential element of the centre’s security programme. Communications are increasingly important for the safe and efficient running of retail centres. ACCL had developed a communications solution which had been designed specifically with and for retail centres. Wayne Connors, MD of ACCL explains:
“TAS offers the ability for people to speak – individually or in a group – to send messages instantly and to receive and acknowledge management information – so there is a clear audit trail. With its multi-functionality and flexible options over internet protocol (meaning it is free to operate), TAS offers the centre the best possible means by which to
“They have been excellent throughout. Their reaction times are very good and they are constantly accommodating to our requests. Not only that, but they have very often carried things out remotely from the site. This speed of response is what marks ACCL out from their competitors. Their preparation was meticulous. The drawing work they provided sailed through the Bovis standards process.
All additional work required, such as refurbishment work to the shopping centre, has been carried out by ACCL with remarkable efficiency and speed. The project has come off our predicted timescales quite often but ACCL has reacted positively every time. Their response times have been excellent and we have encountered no problems in terms of missing deadlines or other time-critical issues.For example, our customer – Land Securities – decided on a Tuesday that they wanted to have a training session on the system on the Wednesday, the very next day. Not only did ACCL agree to this but were onsite to deliver the training session the next day themselves.It is not uncommon for companies to submit low estimates for work but then, as soon as the variations (extra work from the original contract specification) they load on the costs. ACCL do not do this – and we are very happy that they don’t. Their pricing is fair – throughout the length of the contract.
Ultimately, we are judges on whether our end- users (in this case, the retailers in the shopping centre) are happy or not – and they are happy.
ACCL are different in that they tend to think out of the box in terms of their solutions provision. For example, they have moved the existing shop-alert telephone system to an intercom system which means response times are significantly reduced.”
Martin is rightly proud of St David’s and believes it will play its part in helping Cardiff to become a leading European retail destination. It has created attractive public spaces for people to enjoy, alongside unique and exciting stores and cafes which cater to the needs of the 21st century shopper.
Wayne Connors is also proud of the role he and his team played in bringing the project to fruition and that the high standards he sets for all ACCL’s work, have been recognised by Martin Liddall on this prestigious project.
The Tenant Active System was developed to address a growing need for effective communications in major UK shopping malls. TAS delivers cost effective two-way data and voice communications between facilities management and each unit or outlet within a retail or leisure complex. Essential risk management applications such as security alerts share a platform with powerful business applications. There are benefits for all stakeholders not least being a demonstrably safer environment. Security alerts and fast, two-way data and voice communications help towards control of crime and other threats. These are backed up by automatically generated audit trails and other business applications such as the collection of retail turnover statistics and loyalty and incentive schemes.
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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.