Main electrical shutdown for town academy

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Peterhead Academy is to undergo a complete shutdown of its main electrical switchboard so that the system can be replace.

The shutdown will take place during the October holidays so that work can commence on the system after failings were identified during recent Fixed Electrical Testing.

Workment discovered that the failings prevented correct isolation of the switchboard and subsequent sub main sections of the electrical system.

Members of the Buchan area committee approved the works at their meeting on Tuesday, September 17.

The committee heard that the switchboard is in excess of 30 years old and has become obsolete and not repairable.

The replacement switchboard will allow for continued operation of the school and community centre for considerable years and is essential for continued safe operation of the electrical system.

In a report to committee members, director of planning, Stephen Archer, said: “This work will involve major shut down of the electrical supply for approximately two weeks which has been planned for the holiday period.

“Temporary connections will be made to reduce the outages to the building but it will still have an effect on the use of the school and community centre during this period.

“Discussions on when the building will be out of service have been held with the school but dates will be agreed once a contractor is appointed and further discussions take place.”

Mr Archer said the proposed acceptance date will be the week commencing September 23, with commencement of works on site beginning October 14, with a completion day of four weeks thereafter.

“With the agreement of the head teacher, works will commence during term time,” he said.

The project will be subject to regular project meetings to ensure works are completed within contract period.

Committee members heard that the most competitive tender in the amount of £78,415.68 was submitted by Claud Hamilton Ltd.