Eaton supplies COPA wiring accessories for super-garrison
Eaton’s COPA clip-on plate wiring accessories are being installed as part of the Defence Estates programme to upgrade single living accommodation for service personnel. These accessories have a clip-on cover face with no visible fixings.
Project SLAM (Single Living Accommodation Modernisation) is a 10-year programme to improve the standards of living accommodation for army, navy and air-force personnel and includes new and refurbished accommodation throughout England and Wales. The prime contractor is Debut Services, a joint venture between Bovis Lend Lease and Babcock.
The largest site is at Catterick, where 2800 new bedrooms have recently been completed in a £330 million plan to develop the site as a ‘super-garrison’.
Contractor Lorne Stewart specified COPA accessories because they can be installed and tested without fitting the cover plates until the final stage of the installation — avoiding damage by other trades.
A white cover plate has been selected for Project SLAM. Typical accessories in rooms include light switches, switched socket-outlets, spur connection units, TV/FM outlets and shaver sockets. Communal areas have unswitched socket-outlets serving major appliances, and test switches for emergency lighting.
Some accommodation units are pre-fabricated offsite by Caledonian Building Systems. Typical units comprise eight single ensuite bedrooms with a shared utility room and common room. These units are connected to form buildings of up to 72 bedrooms. COPA accessories are ideal for this application because the basic accessories can be installed by Lorne Stewart’s electricians at Caledonian’s factory, leaving the cover plates to be installed on site later.