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PDS installs tech at iconic Halifax visitor attractions

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We’re delighted to be working in partnership with building engineering contractor, Stothers, to install new tech solutions at two iconic landmarks in Halifax, The Piece Hall and adjacent new Central Library.

This is one of our largest projects to date and after a stringent tender process we beat national competition to deliver a variety of services including:

  • Public Address System
  • Facilities for the Disabled including Disabled Toilet Alarm & Disabled Refuge systems and Hearing Induction Loops
  • Structured Cabling and Telecomms
  • Access Control
  • CCTV
  • Intruder System
  • Fire Detection

Piece Hall is currently undergoing a £19M transformation project, funded by the Heritage Lottery and Calderdale Council, and is due to open its doors this summer with new cafes, restaurants, independent shops and creative business premises.

This Grade I listed building was originally built to support the trading of “pieces” of cloth in 1779 and has been at the centre of cultural life in Halifax for hundreds of years. It even has a claim to fame, having featured in the 1996 British comedy, Brassed Off.

Next door, a new £9.5M Central Library and Archive has been constructed to help improve services for the local community. New technology has played a pivotal role in the new library design. It features self-service kiosks, touch screens at key points throughout the building and tablet PC’s in the children’s area.

Piece Hall Project Director said: “With a project of this scale, you must work alongside a large number of organisations to ensure key milestones are met and budgets aren’t exceeded. This is why we decided to work with PDS, as it was incredibly beneficial for us to have one specialist company that could provide all services under one roof, this then allowed our team to deal with just one project manager and one team of multi-disciplined engineers for the vast range of services required.

“PDS are installing everything from data and telecommunications equipment right through to accessibility and security systems. Their team are highly professional and are undertaking the work to the highest of quality.”

PDS Managing Director, Iain Bland, comments: “Winning projects such as this one allows us to seek out new technologies and ensures that we gain yet further valuable experience to pass onto our vast customer base at all levels - be that £50 or £500,000 contracts”

 

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