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Solihull Sixth Form College

Client Background

Solihull Sixth Form College is a specialist provider of A level, BTEC and CACHE education to 16-19-year-olds from Solihull and Birmingham. With more than 40 subjects on offer, the College offers one of the widest range of courses in the region.

The Challenge

The college is made up of several buildings on a single site each with its own dedicated comms room. Due to an IT infrastructure and network upgrade, the college required the installation of a new Category 6 structured cabling system to replace the existing Category 5e cabling network. It was crucial that all ICT services remained functional while work was to be carried out, this included use of internet and telephony systems. Due to the environment which required working within close proximity of the students, the college required all on-site engineers to hold a valid Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Solihull Case Study

Solihull Case Study

What Comfinity Did

Prior to the cabling installation, Comfinity installed a complete end-to-end containment system throughout multiple of the college’s buildings. This consisted of mounting a basket tray above the existing false ceilings to safely support the new cabling requirements.

Due to the college being operationally occupied with both staff and students, the project was divided into two stages to ensure full connectivity at all times during opening times. This involved careful planning and working closely with the college’s IT team and facilities manager through providing daily briefs and updates on the progress of works.

The initial first stage was a first-fix. This involved installing the new Cat 6 cabling alongside the existing Cat 5e network whilst terminating only the cabinet side to allow for a smooth swap over. During the second stage, all Cat 5e user network outlets were replaced, terminated onto new Cat 6 modules and re-patched. All pre-existing Cat 5e cabling was removed from the site.

The Solution

An Excel Category 6 UTP B2ca cabling system was installed across several buildings including, Hampton, Blythe, Brueton, Malvern and the Claire Hicks Sports Centre. Backed by a 25-year warranty, the new cabling system will support the requirements of all voice, data, wireless, CCTV and access control.

Key Features

Category 6 UTP CablingCategory 6 UTP Cabling

The installation of Excel Category 6 UTP B2ca-compliant cabling for all data network points..

Testing & CertificationTesting & Certification

All installed Cat 6 cabling was tested using the latest Fluke Networks DSX-5000 Cable Analyzer.

Data CabinetsData Cabinets

The supply and installation of multiple Excel Environ floor-standing and wall-mounted data cabinets.

25-Year Excel Warranty25-Year Excel Warranty

A full manufacturer (Excel) warranty was provided across numerous of the college's sites.

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