Students illuminated thanks to PMcK Electrical

An insight into the impressive work by the teams on St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon and Elms BT2 at Mccormick street student accommodation in Belfast


PMcK Electrical was appointed electrical contractor by Tracey Brothers Ltd on this new £27million school, delivering the turnkey electrical package on one of the largest post primary educational facilities in Northern Ireland.

The new 15,000m2 school includes a dedicated assembly hall, sports hall and specialist rooms for art, music, technology, drama and media studies. Highlights of the new building include an internal courtyard overlooked by an enhanced library, a new oratory, wide and spacious corridors, an extended dining area and bright, airy classrooms.

PMcK took a proactive approach and worked closely with M&E consultant, JCP Consulting, to utilise diligent planning and effective modern installation methods for this electrical engineering installation package.

Comprising main switchboards, sub mains cabling, containment systems, small power and lighting alongside life safety systems and security systems, the electrical services on this building were delivered on a tight timescale. PMcK was also responsible for the data and ICT installation, critical power and UPS installation that were all carried out to current C2K standards, along with the AV installation at the school – an element that made up part of the overall electrical package.

James Devlin, Contracts Manager, said, “Our focus at PMcK Electrical is to implement ways to work smarter, not harder. Our relationships with suppliers and manufacturers help with that process, as we are always keen to embrace new technology that makes the installation process simpler. By putting that ethos into practice, we met the deadline at St Patrick’s Academy and successfully delivered the project on budget.”

With the school completed, PMcK is now working with Tracey Brothers on the construction of the new sports facilities that are being built on the site of the former school building.


With responsibility for the entire electrical package at this 15-floor, city centre, student accommodation facility, PMcK renewed an already strong relationship with main contractor, McAleer & Rushe. A technically complex project, the PMcK team installed electrical containment throughout the building at multiple distribution points to exacting Queen’s University Belfast standards.

“From each distribution point we had zoned electrical containment to all the individual bedrooms. We also supplied general lighting throughout the bedrooms along with emergency lighting, fire alarms, general power and access controls throughout each level,” explained James.

On this design and build project, PMcK Electrical also carried out the comms installation. as well as the external lighting. James commented, “All bedrooms have their own double data point, WiFi and computer access. On the 15th floor there’s a main mechanical plantroom which we carried out all the mechanical wiring for. On the ground floor we also installed the main generator.

Essentially, we carried out all of the essential services throughout the building.” he added, “Although it was logistically difficult, there were quite a lot of challenges overcome by micro planning and close working with the main contractor. It was two years in the making and we’re delighted with the end result.” PMcK Electrical has worked with McAleer & Rushe on several other prestigious projects, and that finely honed working relationship helped to deliver this project to a high standard.

“We’ve worked with McAleer & Rushe on other projects and I think that this relationship helped ensure an excellent result with the McClintock Street project.”

PMcK Ltd, 47 Grange Road, Moy, Dungannon, County Tyrone, BT71 7EQ.
T: 028 8778 4826

Sub Contractors

Demesne Electrical’s partnership approach proved an essential element of the company’s involvement in the new Elms BT2 Student Accommodation in Belfast.

The Dungannon branch of the highly successful distributor worked closely with long-term customers, PMcK Electrical, to ensure the products arrived on site when they were needed. As Demesne Electrical is well known as an electrical control, switchgear and energy saving specialist, the company ensured the project ran smoothly.

“All the switchgear and controls for this project were from the Schneider Electric range and, as we’re a main distributor for them, this worked in perfectly,” explained Chris McKenna, Sales Director.

“We also have a long-standing relationship with the team at PMcK Electrical, so it was a case of continuing that partnership approach with them. “

Involvement in complex projects of this size is all part of the service at Demesne Electrical. The company has been providing the electrical industry in Ireland with quality products for over 40 years and is now Ireland’s largest electrical distributor of industrial control, automation, energy-saving and installation products.

Since 1977, the electrical distributor has been at the forefront of supplying leading edge electrical components in Ireland and the UK, while the launch of our web shop in 2016, has taken the company to an international level.

In addition to Schneider Electric, the company is an agent and stockist for a range of the industry’s leading brands, including Siemens, Lapp Cables, ILME Connectors, Brady Lockout/ Tagout, Katko Isolators and Switches, Klauke and Greenlee Tooling and Mean Well Power Supplies.

Demesne Electrical Dungannon, Unit 14 Ballysaggert Business Complex, 8 Beechvalley Way, Dungannon, BT70 1BS.
T: 028 8772 5033
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It was a case of going back to school for James Conlon, Managing Director of Niavac, during the St Patrick’s Academy project.

James, who is originally from Dungannon and is a former pupil of the school, now has a unique connection to all three incarnations of St Patrick’s Academy, which started when he was a first- year student at the Academy in 1973. With Niavac being responsible for the extensive installation of state-of-the- art audio-visual systems throughout the school, he can now claim a connection to the new £27million complex.

James remembers a time of simpler educational tools, but following a visit to the new school, he was suitably impressed with what pupils and staff can now enjoy at the new school.

“I’m very proud of this installation given the fact that it’s my old school and hometown of Dungannon,” said James. “I actually had one year in the old Academy in 1973 and then the new Academy on the Killyman Road and now with this installation in the super new Academy means I have had an association with all the school buildings.

“We have had a long-time business relationship with St Patrick’s Academy and have advised a number of principals through the years. This close relationship means that we had a deep understanding of the teachers’ communication requirements, presenting a number of state-of-the-art solutions and participating in a very competitive tendering process that I’m glad to say was successful for Niavac.”

James went on to say, “The final audio-visual solution includes the latest 70” Clevertouch interactive touchscreens, one for each classroom and that’s x86 in total!”

Niavac has also installed a school-wide digital signage system that allows effective communication between staff, pupils and parents along with the latest in HD screen projection for the assembly and sports hall areas.

Niavac Limited, Conlavon House, 5 Prince Regent Road, Belfast, BT5 6QR
T: 0044 (0)28 9079 3000

Century Electrical Wholesale (CEW) showcased the company’s ability to meet the needs of large projects by supplying a range of electrical products for the new St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon.

The leading electrical wholesaler, prides itself on providing the right combination of the traditional, personal service levels expected from a family firm with the benefits of a multinational.

This was put to the test on this sizeable project, with CEW’s Cookstown branch supporting electrical contractor, PMcK Electrical, by making twice daily deliveries to ensure that the project remained on schedule.

“We worked very closely with contractors to co-ordinate orders and deliveries on projects of this size,” explained Ross Hutchinson, CEW Director.

“We have a comprehensive product range on offer and can ensure that contractors can, if necessary, link up directly with manufacturers to provide advice and design services to ensure they meet the specification set on their project.

“It is very much a partnership approach and one we are very proud of.”

As the leading independent supplier to the electrical trade in Northern Ireland CEW serves both trade customers and the general public. The company has eight branches in Northern Ireland – including two operating as SRK Equipment Company.

Century Electrical Wholesale, 207 City Business Park, Dunmurry, Belfast.
T: 0044 (0)28 9061 8666

Achieving Excellence Together is the motto of St Patrick’s Academy and that mirrors the approach by MGA Communication.

By working closely with the client and electrical contractor, PMcK Electrical, the company was able to deliver the internal IP telecommunication and PA/deaf loop systems that meets specific requirements of students and staff at the state- of-the-art facility. St Patrick’s Academy joins a growing list of education projects that MGA Communication has completed and once again highlights the diversity of solutions on offer from the company.

Established in 1994, MGA Communication Ltd comprises a team of dedicated professionals, technical field staff and office support personnel, working together to provide top quality solutions for its many customers.

The company provides communication system solutions to both private and public sectors that demand quality of product and value for money.

The scope of the services from MGA Communication is supply, installation and commissioning of telecommunication/IT and communication systems, providing sales and technical support of all systems supplied during the life cycle of the system(s) provided.

MGA Communication Ltd, 55 Antrim Road, Ballynahinch, BT24 8AN
T: 0044 (0)28 9756 5614