Energy Coast UTC

Energy Coast UTC provides a high quality and cutting-edge technical education for 14 to 19-year-olds

The Challenge

Energy Coast UTC based in Lillyhall, West Cumbria, opened in September 2014; it comprises of new accommodation built by Eric Wright Construction, it opened on time and successfully. Energy Coast UTC is sponsored and supported by Gen2 Training, Lakes College and the University of Cumbria

The UTC provides a high quality and cutting-edge technical education for 14 to 19-year-olds. Its students learn a mix of traditional academic subjects and vocational skills and benefit from lessons at the college and work placements held at the business partners Sellafield, Nuvia, Iggesund, James Walker and Morgan Sindall. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), sustainability, clean technologies and construction.

Gaia engaged with Energy Coast UTC as soon as the award had been placed and we worked together to address any concerns they had around the bid proposal and we worked together to specify an exciting and innovative solution what would meet the exact demands and specialisms of this UTC.

Contract signature was reached very quickly and the work started to tailor the bid proposal to match every room and area of the UTC. “The Gaia philosophy of completely tailoring their solution to meet the exact needs of the UTC has meant that we are very pleased with the way that the ICT has impacted so positively on the UTC.”

What We Did

Gaia provided advice and guidance around a number of products, devices and third party services such as cashless catering and arranged demonstrations and sample products to ensure that the final solution exactly meets the needs of this new and growing UTC. Gaia worked with the builders and architects to ensure that every room had power and data where it was needed, and Gaia are able to assist the UTC with our expert guidance in this area.

The workshops are formed by separate defined sessions (some were rolled onto the back of other meetings to ensure progress was made quickly). The workshops were booked and managed by the Gaia Project Manager.  The initial workshop starts with the EFA 12 x agenda items including introductions, the SIG, issues from the bid, cost model etc. This then rolls into the 1st of the ICT design workshops. Some workshop items take less than 30 minutes some take half a day depending on the complexities involved.

The Outcome

Agenda items covered at the workshops include:

Server Infrastructure

  • Proposed Server Infrastructure Design
  • Question & Answer – Server Infrastructure
  • Configuration Items, Pre-Requisites
    • UTC
    • Building Contractor
    • GAIA

Network Infrastructure

  • Current Network Infrastructure Design
    • LAN
    • WLAN
  • Question & Answer – Network Infrastructure
  • Configuration Items, Pre-Requisites
    • Building Contractor/Sub-Contractor
    • UTC
    • GAIA

Passive Infrastructure

  • Structured Cabling
    • Server & Hub Room Layouts/Cabinet & UPS Provisioning
    • Small Power & Data Floor Plans
    • ICT Room Data Sheets
    • FF&E Layouts
  • Question & Answer – Passive Infrastructure
  • Configuration Items, Pre-Requisites
    • Building Contractor/Sub-Contractor
    • UTC
    • GAIA

3rd Party Integration

  • Hardware, Software & Legacy Services
  • Design Meeting & Installation Project Plans
  • Configuration Items, Pre-Requisites
    • UTC
    • Building Contractor
    • GAIA

Audio-Visual Infrastructure

  • Classroom Audio-Visual Work Package
  • Specialist Audio-Visual Work Package
  • Digital Signage Audio-Visual Work Package
  • IPTV Work Package
  • Configuration Items, Pre-Requisites
    • UTC
    • Building Contractor
    • GAIA

Other workshops such as Devices, Telephony Infrastructure, Integration, Proof of Concept MIS etc. were also booked.

These workshops ensured that Gaia delivered exactly what was required on time and to budget. Energy Coast UTC have continued to work with Gaia closely. Gaia solely supported Energy Coast UTC throughout the 1st year and continue to provide remote and on-site support via our local engineer.

Gary says of working with the Gaia Account Director – “Clare made every effort to ensure that the Gaia experience was a positive one. Meetings were always meaningful and productive and Clare’s professionalism and calmness certainly helped make this an effective process.”

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