CMD Ltd, the specialist in workplace connectivity and ergonomic solutions, has provided Betatrak busbar power distribution and a range of electrical accessories for two major capital investment projects at the University of Warwick.

Designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, the £33 million Faculty of Arts building is a showpiece development comprising four interconnected structures set around a central atrium, which will enable inter-disciplinary collaboration across the university’s arts and humanities departments.

The electrical installation was carried out by Derry Building Services and the plug and play benefits of a busbar powertrack system were identified as the ideal solution for the office and teaching areas from the outset. CMD’s Betatrak system was selected, with CMD’s UK manufacturing enabling an agile approach to site deliveries throughout the programme, which was delivered during COVID 19 restrictions. The original requirement included bespoke floorboxes to provide a robust solution for the student environment but CMD was able to demonstrate that the company’s one-piece, fast-fit 20 Series floor boxes met both the durability and aesthetic requirements of the project, enabling cost and time savings on the installation.

Adrian Littlejohns from Derry Building Services commented: “The CMD team worked with us to value engineer the specification to their fast-fit 20 Series product, which provided savings on both procurement and installation costs, while offering a readily available solution that fitted the needs of the building.”

CMD Ltd’s 63A standard earth Betatrak was also specified for the University’s £54.3 million Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB), a building that will bring together up to 300 biomedical researchers from across the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School. Along with the powertrack and a mix of three- and four-compartment floor boxes, this project involved 118 Rotasoc under desk modular power units manufactured by CMD Ltd at the company’s Rotherham factory.

David Hammond, Capital Programme Director from the University of Warwick added: “The university’s investment in these two buildings aims to drive collaboration in subject areas where we already have a strong reputation for excellence. We wanted to create buildings that embrace innovation and the potential for future change.”

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