Case Study:

The Writer Case Study

The Writer is a London-based marketing agency who provide their linguistic talents to the corporate sector, working on a global level to help brands stand out and win business. They have worked with numerous prestigious brands, including the BBC and Unilever to name but a couple.

Project Overview – Upgrade of IT infrastructure


In 2016, The Writer was looking to upgrade their IP infrastructure to create a unified communications platform, to allow for easier expansion and collaboration in an ever growing organisation.

ACCL engineers were tasked to remove all redundant equipment, reposition patch panels and then install all new IP switches. All existing wiring was tested and new fibre backbones were installed.


Challenges and meticulous planning


The project required meticulous planning to ensure that the seven engineering teams could work in synchronisation over seven floors (a cabinet upgrade per floor). There was also the additional pressure of time constraints, due to all works having to be carried out of office hours during weekends.


“Big Bang approach”


During the planning process risks were identified with the “big bang” approach of simultaneously carrying out seven cabinet upgrades. Due to cost and time, the client did not wish to change the existing cabinets and therefore the team had to plan around reusing them.


CAD drawings of each cabinet were produced to show the locations of the passive and active equipment, and it was discovered that Power over Ethernet (POE) switches were too big to be secured to the mounting rails.


This was resolved by having a system created to support them at the front and rear, and the power leads being replaced by right angle plugs to enable the cabinet door to close.

A patching record was produced to speed up the installation, for which the client was consulted on the choice of colour (in order to easily identify the service), and to ensure that the correct length of patch leads was selected.




The project was a success and completed on time and within budget.

About ACCL

ACCL designs, implements and supports the data and communications networks which provide connectivity and drive business performance. Privately owned, and with more than 25 years of experience in London and the South East, customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our specialist cabling services are designed with your current and future needs in mind, bringing high-quality solutions that are excellent value.


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.

TUI / Scott Ronan

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.

Ntegra Ltd / Grant Ward, Test Manager

The Engineers were helpful and patient. They did anything and everything that was asked of them. Thanks for a very good first job.

Leagas Delaney / Alfred Place, London

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.

Bishopshalt School / Evelyn Nolan

Another professional installation by ACCL, on time and in budget!

Bank of New York / Alan Hawley, President of IT Infrastructure

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.

Barnhill Community High / Sunil Kubavat, Head of IT
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