Harrods is a leader in luxury retail. Attracting customers from around the world, the iconic department store, owned by Qatar Holding, continues to surpass the expectations of its visitors and offer an unparalleled shopping experience to all who walk through its doors. Steeped in history, the establishment was opened by Charles Henry Harrod in 1849 with humble beginnings as an East End grocer and tea merchant. After moving to Knightsbridge, the Harrods legend was born and has since remained one of the most distinguished names in the luxury industry where anything is possible.
The customer requirement on this installation was to: Harrods’ power framework consists of risers throughout the building; each riser has 3 boards on each floor, primary, secondary and display. The boards are built into the riser cupboards and could not be removed as they had been discontinued (MEM) and they all needing replacing.
- Installation Date – September 2016
- Department – Electrical Installations
- Manufacturers Used – Schneider Electric
- Project Value - £200,000
Scope of Works
New Schneider pan assemblies were fitted into the old MEM board cases with bespoke hand guards and covers made to suit each individual pan dependant on requirement.
The new pan assemblies would not fit into old cases and had to be modified in width.
The cable inlet had to be modified into the PAN’s so they would fit round existing cables.
Tight time frames of working, each pan had to be removed and be working again by early hours of morning so no disruption to shop operations would occur. The facilities management company would have to be updated daily as to works completed the previous night.
A modification team worked days on the frame reworks to the new PANS whilst a second set of engineers carried out the installations during nights to keep to tight timeframes.
The procurement of a plastic shaping/bending machine was made to allow the bespoke manufacture of guards on a daily basis.
Log and photo/image handovers every night/day so the shop facilities management team were aware of progress on a night by night basis, allowing them to assess the works before shop opening.
Issues with existing circuit’s problems and re-energizing of power issues were overcome working hand in hand with the onsite team as one ensuring power was always up and running before needed and smooth operation of the shop.
All works were completed in the allotted 6 week timeframe and to the customer’s satisfaction, so much so, that we were awarded phase 2 of the works in late 2016 with the project due commencing in March 2017.
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