Ashmolean Museum

Cabling of Major New Building Extension

Contract Value


  • Molex Cat6
Project Description

The Ashmolean Museum, dating from the 17th century, is the oldest public museum in the UK. Award-winning architect Rick Mather created a new building that has doubled the Ashmolean’s gallery space and state-of-the-art facilities. In November 2009, the £61M redevelopment opened to the public.

Able installed a structured cabling system, consisting of nearly a thousand outlets, spread over 6 floors of the new building extension.

Each of the 13 remote patch cabinet locations had a fibre & copper backbone linking to the Basement computer room. As well as the provision of the computer cabinets at each location Able supplied & installed an APC UPS & 3Comm Switch.

The biggest challenge was the complexity and range of cable routes. Whilst some outlets are in low floor boxes, others for high gallery points (overhead projectors etc) are at more than eight metres high.

Another challenge was fitting cabling around a complex building program, many outlets could not be terminated or tested until after the exhibition cabinets had been installed.

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