Newcastle BSF – Kenton School
Kenton School was rebuilt as part of Newcastle’s £180 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, the biggest ever investment in schools in the history of the city.
- Network Switches
- Wireless LAN
- VOIP Telephony
- Network Cabling System
The BSF program has been rolled out across many schools in the UK, project objectives are clear, to provide a modern learning environment that stimulates both pupils and staff. This should be achieved through the design and build and ICT phases of the project.
Design & Solution
The specification for the design of the project was to create a scalable network infrastructure that was capable of delivering voice and data services within the BSF network. The network had to be resilient in the event of failure of a single core device or link and be capable for support the educations needs to the school as a whole.
The successful delivery of this data network was due to Aceda’s involvement during key stages of the project. Delivering a solution from design to implementation allowed sufficient project control and coordination. Aceda’s installation engineers quickly familiarised themselves with the design and configuration and acted as technical guidance for Newcastle City Council and Aura.
The successfully delivery of this project relied upon all contractors fulfilling their roles safely and within the budget set by the client. Aceda have also been involved with the Middlesbrough & Liverpool BSF projects and understood the strict rules and regulations of a construction site.
Aceda’s consistent contribution to the project from beginning to end meant strong relationships were formed with key members of the design and delivery team. One of Aceda’s construction partners have commented below. “Aceda were involved in the Newcastle BSF, Phase 1 school project from the early development stage and worked in conjunction with Sir Robert McAlpine and Newcastle City Council during the development of the design concepts and principles. Their approach throughout the process was constructive, professional and flexible which resulted in a design solution that totally reflected the requirements of the client. The installation process was extremely demanding but notwithstanding the ICT infrastructure was installed, commissioned and delivered on time and in accordance with the client’s requirements”.
Dave Lindsay, Building Services Manager, Newcastle BSF 1 and BSF 2 Schools Project, Sir Robert McAlpine