The ‘Saïd Business School‘ is the centre of learning for undergraduates, and graduate students, in business, management and finance at the University of Oxford. With over 500 matriculated graduate students entering each year, it has the largest intake of all graduate business schools in the UK. Undergraduates are also taught as part of the Economics and Management course together with the Economics Department.

The Saïd Business School was established in 1996 and has established itself as a leading full-range school offering undergraduate, MBA and doctoral programmes.  The business school is located on the Oxford University campus and is named after Wafic Saïd, who donated £20m to fund the building of the school.

“There is a legal requirement for all public buildings to be equipped with emergency lighting…”

Powervamp was approached in early September 2017 by a 3rd party to conduct a site visit at the Said Business School to examine a failing emergency lighting inverter (ELI).

Englands oldest educational institution – The University of Oxford

In the event of a power failure, the emergency lighting central battery system switches over to battery power. Not only must the lighting be restored seamlessly, but the emergency system must also be able to maintain an acceptable lux level (brightness) for long enough to allow people to leave the premises safely. In most cases this is likely to be either one hour or three hours.

There is a legal requirement for all public buildings to be equipped with emergency lighting. Powervamp’s ‘Effekta Range‘ of emergency lighting power systems are designed to fulfil these obligations reliably and efficiently.

“Following on from the successful installation the University invited Powervamp to examine another failing system…”

Following the visit, the Powervamp projects team were able to provide the University with drawings for the new system as well as a proposed room layout and technical solutions.  The team can also provide complete a complete 360 degree support package including turnkey installations, commissioning and 24-7 product support through a variety of packages that can be tailored to the clients bespoke requirements.

Powervamp quoted for the installation work against two other competitors, but won the contract based upon its flexible approach and technical support as well as offering a competitive quotation.

The Saïd Business School, Oxford University campus.

On 8th January 2018 the projects team removed, and disposed of, the failed ELI and installed the specified EF33 ELI, 30kVA system with a 3hr rate.  The system is due to be commissioned in the next couple of months.

Following on from the successful installation at the Saïd Business School, the University invited Powervamp to examine another system, but this time based at the Department of Biochemistry.

A UPS system within the building was discovered to have failed causing an issue with the emergency lighting circuits.

The contemporary interior of the Department of Biochemistry.

Once again Powervamp has provided the schematics and technical guidance, and were rewarded by being given the green light to carry out the removal of the existing system and installation of another EF33 ELI, but this time rated at 60kVA.

Installation is due to commence later this year, and with talk of a 3rd unit required at the ORC Cancer Research Building, (a state of the art facility located at the heart of the Unuversity of Oxford campus), Powervamp’s project team will certainly be kept busy at this world famous educational institution.

For more information the Powervamp range of ‘Effekta’ Emergency Lighting Static Frequency Converters, please contact the service team on 01934 643000 or email
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