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Sovereign Plant Rooms

Sovereign is a leading Housing Association that looks after around 60,000 homes across the UK. As well as being a major developer with affordable housing programmes. 

The Brief

Sovereign contacted us last year to ask for ‘Plant Room updating’ works to be completed. The plant room systems are, in most cases, out of date causing boiler failures. The plant rooms also needed to meet the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002, which are about protection against risks from fire, explosion and similar events arising from dangerous substances used or present in the workplace.  

The requirements were different for various sites. Sovereign supply apartments to vulnerable, elderly, and people with health issues. Minimal transition between old and new was required, in some cases, we would have to install temporary measures to keep hot water and heating going.  

Our Solution

Our Contracts Manager surveyed all sites before work commenced as each had different requirements and client was fully informed of each process. The plant rooms needed to have new electrical installation, including new distribution boards and circuits and isolators for each item of equipment for future maintenance purposes.  

All lighting was upgraded to LED vapour proof and anticorrosive light fittings with emergency.  

Gas proving systems were installed, that interlocked with the boilers. If the gas isn’t at the correct pressure, the system will not operate. Fail safe systems were also installed, should there be pressure loss, within the mechanical installation, this would cut the power to the boilers and the pumps to prevent them from any damage.  

Each project/site had deadlines, an example was 10 days to fully complete one site that housed several flats and the plant room had to be fully operational by the end. It was essential were able to adapt if client needed to add extras like sensors, values, temperature sensors to the plant rooms.  

All works done, was in unison with mechanical engineers, so effective communication was needed throughout.  

Completed work was all tested and certification was issued to the client for their records.  

Over the last 5 months, we have completed reactive and planned works across 15 different sites. We currently are continuing with further projects for Sovereign alongside being on a demand for call outs on a reactive basis for them.  

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