Emergency Lighting PPM

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Duration: 6 years

Scope of project

University College London UCL is one of the leading research universities in the world and is home to 39,000 students and manages a vast estate that includes 26 halls of residence and 6000 beds that requires both preventative and reactive maintenance. A high percentage of the campus is situated between Tottenham Court Road, Euston and Camden, with an estimated 180 buildings. Alpine Works was awarded the contract for a 5 Year fixed term planned preventative maintenance contract of emergency lighting, general lighting, lighting control systems and convector heating systems throughout UCL’s complete estates portfolio to include a separate reactive repair team. UCL instructed Alpine Works to repair automatic emergency lighting systems in 63 buildings and to ensure that the existing systems would meet their legal obligations. Alpine Works have delivered a multitude of projects throughout the UCL estate including the recently refurbished Bloomsbury Theatre. We were nominated to install and maintain a unique, bespoke comprehensive electrical installation including complex specialist lighting systems and controls. We installed new lighting throughout the theatre, main auditorium and back of house which also included mood lighting throughout bars and dressing rooms along with the mandatory emergency lighting. A further component in the project was the installation of a new fire alarm, security systems, mains distribution, power and data systems.


UCL is a client with high demands and sets a KPI of 2-hours for emergency work. We set up an AWL dedicated office adjacent to the campus that facilitates our support, administration and engineers where we can deliver on the demands of the estate more efficiently. This office fields calls both in and out of hours for UCL and utilises the same CAFM system as our other contracts.

We realised that a strong partnership approach was required as it was vital that we understood the sensitive requirements of the students. During exam times the students spend many hours studying in their accommodation, so booking work with the accommodation management is vital as not to interfere with the essential study hours.

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