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Article Date: 21 May 2018

Unitrunk - Over 4,500 Metres of Unitrunk Installed at the New Preston Bus Station

Preston Bus Station - Cable Management - Multi-Compartment Trunking

Unitrunk - Preston Bus Station

A good service is now operating from Preston Bus Station with the help of cable management specialist, Unitrunk. As part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the iconic transport hub, over 4,500 metres of Unitrunk’s multi-compartment trunking solutions were specified throughout to house the building’s power and lighting cabling.

The refurbishment of this iconic 1960s brutalist building has radically transformed the public space for the community and now plays a key role in the wider regeneration of Preston City Centre. In keeping with its listed status, the major transport hub has seen improvements to the bus station, coach park and multi-level car park. As part of a series of works to the area, a nearby Preston Youth Zone will eventually house a wide range of activities for young people.

Whilst the scheme is not due to be officially completed until 2019, the multi-phase renovation has already seen the western side of bus station become pedestrianised alongside a new-look waiting area with state-of-the-art passenger facilities, including a Changing Places toilet.

The design team were keen to sympathetically integrate the electrical systems throughout the project. Unitrunk were approached in the early stages of planning and designed a bespoke solution that would enable both aesthetic and practical requirements to be fulfilled. In the passenger waiting areas, it was integral for the trunking solutions to seamlessly blend in with the contemporary appearance of the scheme. With that, 4,500m of Unitrunk’s multi-compartment trunking, which was powder-coated in white was specified and installed.

Similarly, within the multi-level parking areas of the building, Unitrunk’s multi-compartment trunking was also installed on the ceilings in a powder-coated ‘concrete’ effect to echo the matt finish of the car park. Using the RAL colour matching system - designed specifically for achieving colour standards used in applications such as powder coating - Unitrunk was successfully able to provide a trunking solution to the client’s precise specification.

Unitrunk’s bespoke systems were also provided with screw fixed lids - an anti-vandalism solution necessary for the low-level ceilings situated in the multi-storey car parks.

Steve Alcock, Unitrunk’s business development manager, says: “Through our close relationship with the contractor, we have been able to successfully deliver a fit-for-purpose, bespoke trunking solution. Next to no training was required on site, which is testament to the user-friendly nature of this particular Unitrunk product.”

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