British Heart Foundation


Client: British Heart Foundation.
Location: BHF Offices, Leeds.
Project Lead Time: 6 Weeks.

We were recommended by one of our existing customers to the British Heart Foundation as a business that could offer a turn-key solution. We arranged a bespoke consultation with the BHF team to discuss their requirements. From the fact-finding, we were tasked with the design and installation of a new futureproof Cat6A network infrastructure to include desktop computers, machinery, security and wireless access points throughout.

The biggest challenge was to supply a live network to the BHF’s new facility, without the hefty costs and lead-times of the utilities. The client required 3 separate lines, 1 master and 2 backup lines all installed independently of each other to protect against the risk of a complete network failure. We installed 3 OM4 multimode 4-core armoured CST fibreoptic cables from the existing comms into Enbeam 24-way LC/LC multimode fibreoptic patch panels – 1 within the existing comms cabinet and another within our newly supplied 42U 800x800mm data cabinet.

For the structured cabling we offered Excel’s Cat6A U/FTP screened Cca cable terminated into shielded toolless jacks throughout. It was important to the BHF that we used a cable that met the requirements of the European CPR ratings.

Commissioning of the new network involved line testing and labelling of each installed cable. As always, we tested our copper network with Fluke’s DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer. This machine can test end to end in seconds, locating any potential faults with pinpoint accuracy. Upon completion, we issued our O&M to include hard and electronic copies of our company insurance, guarantees and product warranties, our as-built drawings, the technical submittal (this formed part of our design brief), the data sheets of equipment installed, and the certification of the installed network.