London, UK - 30th March
SPIE, the independent European leader in electrical and mechanical engineering and HVAC services, has announced that they have been appointed Principal Contractor of the £2m, A55 Pen Y Clip tunnel refurbishment. SPIE will be working with Philips Lighting to introduce LED lighting technology into the tunnel which is expected to reduce energy and emissions by up to 50%.
The scope of works involves the design, supply and installation of the A55 Pen Y Clip Tunnel LED lighting scheme and infrastructure upgrades. This includes the electrical and mechanical services, covering the installation of the 900m linear support grid and containment, fitting the LED linear base and boost lighting system along with finally testing and commissioning.
Steven Nanda, Managing Director of Industrial Services at SPIE UK comments: “We are thrilled that we have been chosen to manage the upgrade of the Pen Y Clip tunnel. This is a major contract for the Industrial Services North West division; the Welsh Government’s Ancillary Framework Agreement offers just five quality contractors exclusivity in tendering for roadside and tunnel communications, mechanical and electrical works and associated civil engineering works throughout Wales.”
The framework consists of 30 possible contracts, the first of which is the Pen-Y-Clip tunnel refurbishment works.
It’s not the first time SPIE has been involved in a project at the Pen-Y-Clip tunnel; the group was involved in the original design more than twenty years ago. Participating in this initial development placed the company in good stead to undertake this refurbishment opportunity.
Geraint Jones, Project Manager, Welsh Transport Technology Consultancy: “With site familiarity and experience with the structure, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of Tunnel lighting installations, SPIE’s ability to manage the task was clear. It was this, alongside the successful completion of seven similar schemes in the UK, two of which for the Welsh Government, which led to SPIE being awarded the role of Principal Contractor of this particular contract.”¬
The A55 Pen Y Clip tunnel refurbishment project commenced in November 2014 and is expected to be completed in March 2015.
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