Case Study / Schools

The King’s School, Worcester

Black Pear Electrical have been working with the King's School since 2018. Their approach to work is really good. Paul Sweeney (MD) is easy to work with and he comes up with sensible ideas about how to get things done. We have an established pattern of communication and agree a plan of attack to get all the work done in the school holidays. Black Pear Electrical carry out all our regular electrical safety checks, as well as some remedial work, for example to our emergency lighting systems and some small installations. Black Pear Electrical are very reliable and our work is always finished on time and within budget.
Adam Winter, Site Manager at King's School, Worcester

The Project

The King’s School Worcester is an independent co-educational day school which has 35 buildings across 3 sites. Pupils ages range from pre-prep to sixth form.

The King’s School has historical monuments on the site, and because of this it has a Historic England Preservation Order. Black Pear Electrical are aware of the sensitive nature of historic buildings and grounds being subject to conservation orders and on occasion have to work with conservation bodies and archaeologists to ensure these are orders are maintained.

There are 160 distribution boards in 35 buildings across the 3 sites, with different testing frequencies, for example buildings that are used by members of the public need to on an annual testing schedule, whilst others are on a five-year schedule. We agree and run a rolling schedule of testing with the King’s site manager, ensuring that each building it tested within it recommended time frame.

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Our Approach

Testing and any associated remedials are generally scheduled during school holidays or weekend not only to minimise disruption to the school’s operation but to negate and reduce risks associated with working on live sites. Prior to scheduling, all works are agreed during a planning meeting in advance of all the school holidays.

Black Pear always carry out their work reliably, on time and on budget.

Whilst working at King’s we  also identified a major fault with large buried sub main. Our testing prevented a potentially major failure which would have taken the power out to two large classroom blocks. We sourced and made arrangements for the specialist team to locate the fault on a 100m section of buried cable along with the civil engineers and cable jointing specialist to rectify issue. This work required an archaeologist present for the excavation, due to the Historic England Preservation Order on the site.

The Work Included…

EICRS covering more than 160 distribution boards in 35 buildings across 3 sites

Remedial works including more than 20 distribution board upgrades

Conversion of double decker bus into a library

Identification of major sub main fault, arrangement of specialist teams to locate and rectify in co-ordination with Historic England

Emergency lighting installation & maintenance

Reactive works

Assisting on site electrician with major work

Conversion of double decker bus into a library

Assisting with the relocation of DT block dust extraction supplies and control