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Project Name

Digital Futures Lab

Education

About This Project

Whitestar were contracted to take an empty space in the Cavendish House building at the University of West London and turn it into a teaching space.

Whitestar were contracted to take an empty space in the Cavendish House building at the University of West London and turn it into a teaching space.

The project

Summary

  • 5 x AC units
  • 4 x New Ventilation Grilles
  • 48 Category 6A U/FTP Data Points
  • 23 floor boxes installed
  • 13 x Ansell 600mm x 600mm light fittings with black surround
  • 18 x Ansell suspended light fittings with black surround
  • 50 metres of 300mm cable tray in black
  • 100metres of 25mm conduit in black
  • 6 x emergency light fittings in black
  • 56 m2 of new black ceiling grid and tiles
  • 192 m2 of decoration works
  • 40 m2 of new carpeting
  • 13 m2 of new partitioning

Overview

The University of West London prides itself on delivering career-focused courses in a campus designed for a great student experience.

We have been working with the university for 10 years, delivering both electrical and data cabling installation, as well as ongoing testing and maintenance.

As part of their Impact 2028 Strategic Plan the university wanted to create a Digital Futures Lab in order to deliver lifelong learning, impactful research and access to the digital eco-system.

We took an empty space in the Cavendish House building and over the course of 12 weeks transformed it into a teaching space for gaming, AI and other digital technologies. As well as installing a new high tech data infrastructure, we also worked with our supply chain to provide the building fit-out. This entailed a demolition, new walls, decorations, ceilings, and carpeting, as well as a ventilation and an AC installation. Overall, we changed the look and feel of the space with a blacked-out finish and new lighting and controls manufactured by Ansell Lighting.

The project commenced in December and had a deadline of the end of February so that a pilot course could be delivered in the Spring term, the centre was then fully operational at the beginning of the summer term.

Although Christmas caused some supply chain issues, we were able to think outside the box, come up with alternative solutions and still meet the deadline.

The Digital Futures Lab is now fully functional, and the first students are on-site and developing their skills for the future.

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