Overview of Services
Our experience in managing electrical installations is second to none and our company has a growing team of fully qualified and experienced engineers. This means we have the experience and skills necessary to deliver a wide range of building services. We have the resources and the capability to undertake Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) for everything from a bungalow to a complex site as big as Heathrow Airport, across Oxfordshire and beyond.
Commitment to our customers is paramount, and our team is dedicated to delivering consistently high technical and management services at competitive prices. As a company we strive to meet exceptional standards of workmanship and professionalism.
Our Call Out Service
We offer a rapid response to electrical emergencies for our clients. Even in the middle of the night we can get an engineer out to a property, giving you piece of mind that your clients are in safe hands.
Whether the problem is a central heating breakdown or power failure, we promise our customers the same high standard of service that our reputation has been built on. As you would expect all our work is carried out in accordance with our stringent company procedures, and backed by the assurance that we are a NICEIC endorsed company.
Once the job is complete our engineers clean up after themselves and remove rubbish and packaging.
Our emergency call out number is 01491 835875. Please pass this on to your clients.
Test & Commission Services
Electrical Installation Condition Report
Every Electrical Installation should have a regular ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’ to ensure that there are no faults with the electrics. Many insurance companies will not pay out in the event of damage to an installation due to an electrical fault unless it is proven that the building has been tested!
The Electricity at Work regulations state that all electrical systems and equipment used in the working environment should be in a safe condition. The Health & Safety Executive recommend that to comply with the regulations an inspection and testing schedule must be implemented at all workplaces. The frequency of this schedule will depend on the type of installation and what it is used for but will vary from 3 months to 10 years.
Our engineers are fully qualified to carry out testing of fixed installations in a professional and efficient manor, our office based team upload the results from site to our powerful software to produce electronically generated test certificates, schematics and distribution board schedules which can be distributed either as a hard copy or emailed to you. With every test that is carried out we will automatically provide a quotation for any remedial work that may be required in an easy to read format and categorized into “required” or “recommended” work.
Emergency Lighting Testing
Emergency lighting is required in all premises where people are employed and is designed to assist the occupants in evacuating the premises in the event of power failure which may also be an emergency.
It is a mandatory requirement where artificial lighting is installed and is designed to help save lives. Regulations require that inspection and tests should be carried out at regular intervals and recorded in the ‘Emergency Lighting Log Book’ which we can provide if not already in use.
Lightning Protection Testing
It is essential that organisations instigate a proper testing and maintenance program for their lightning protection system; many people don’t know if their lightning protection system is working properly until they suffer a strike and by that time they could have suffered catastrophic damage to their building and business.
Most building services would simply not function correctly if faults or defects were present but the correct operation of a lightning protection system only becomes obvious when it is called upon to protect a structure. For this reason it is even more vital to ensure that fully trained and accredited engineers undertake regular testing and maintenance works on vulnerable structures and sites. The current in a lightning strike is likely to be in the range of 2,000 – 200,000A and so an effective operational system is vital to ensure the protection of assets.
At GA we are partnered with a contractor called Atlas (Association of Technical Lightning) who are third-party accredited, proving their ability to design and report on lightning protection systems.
Power Monitoring Surveys
Are your electrical bills higher than you would expect? Do you not know where you are using all the energy? Then we can help. We have installed power factor correction equipment in a factory costing under £4000 and managed to save them £1200 a year on their electricity bill, proving a very impressive payback period.
We have a range of monitoring instruments to perform checks on your electrical supply and at the end of the monitoring period provide a detailed report complete with graphical analysis, even more importantly than that we will speak to you in layman’s terms about what we have discovered and what we can do to help.
Disclaimer: All information detailed above is for reference purposes only. Any or all details may have changed so please refer to current regulations and guidelines.
Fire and Life Safety Systems
We offer design, installation, supply and regular maintenance of a wide range of fire alarm systems that harness cutting edge technology to ensure that fires are detected faster and the damage they cause is minimised.
Our experience allows us to provide solutions for all your project requirements including:
- Fire detection systems
- Houses of multiple occupancy
- Domestic systems
- Emergency lighting
- Smoke ventilation
- Sprinkler systems
- Gas & water mist fire suppression
- Wet & dry risers
Even the most effective equipment can deteriorate so we are committed to ensuring that all the systems we install are maintained to ensure they work safely and for many years to come. Therefore our installations include certificates and operation manuals but we also offer to back it up with a maintenance package.
We offer two levels of maintenance agreements to our customers to cover the following installations:
- Electrical installation
- Intruder alarm system
- Fire alarm system
- Emergency lighting system
- Lightning protection system.
Information Technology Services
Whether you want to simply link together the computers in your home or require a complete data system for your business we have a range of solutions.
- Structured cabling
- Voice & data systems
- Telephone systems
- TV distribution
- Building management systems
- Wireless data systems
Portable Appliance Testing
A portable appliance is any piece of equipment that can be moved from area to area and reconnected to the supply via a plug and socket system. During everyday use these appliances become worn or damaged which can lead to them becoming unsafe if not properly maintained. PAT Testing is a documented method of electrical maintenance.
There are a number of good reasons to undertake PAT Testing including;
- PAT testing must be carried out to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations minimising the risk of fire and injury caused by electrical appliances
- Insurance companies are likely to dispute a claim for damage from fire if there has been insufficient maintenance
- PAT testing is necessary to comply with ISO Quality Assurance
Fire Detection Testing
All fire systems should be regularly tested whether it is a single battery powered smoke detector in a small domestic dwelling or an extensive fire detection system in large commercial premises.
Fire alarm regulations (BS5839) require the duty holder to undertake periodic checks to ensure the functionality of the system.
Failure to keep the fire alarm system in working order could lead the local fire brigade to serve enforcement notices requiring compliance; they also have the authority to close any building which does not meet this act. Checks should be recorded where necessary in the fire safety log book.
GA have extensive experience in installing and regularly testing fire alarms. After careful evaluation of your premises we can carry out a formal inspection & test that fully complies with the requirements as set out in BS5839. All inspections will ensure that the fire alarm is installed in required locations as well as testing the functionality of existing equipment.
Potential problems can often be identified by an excess of heat being released by machine components, (even those which would normally produce some heat when performing at their optimum level). If undetected these problems can lead to failure. These failures can result in expensive production loss or downtime and in the most extreme case can lead to fire.
Thermal Imaging or Thermography is the process of using a special camera designed to look only for heat using Infra Red (IR) energy waves. Unlike light waves, IR is invisible to the naked eye and therefore so is heat. This makes Thermography an important part of a routine maintenance schedule.
A regular programme of Thermal Imaging as part of routine maintenance can highlight potential problems long before any event. As a result any required repairs can be planned for in terms of both time and budget. In electrical systems Thermal Imaging can find:
- Loose connections
- Phase imbalances
- Blocked or restricted cooling tubes in transformers
- High resistance in fuses and switchgear
- Thermal imaging is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for predictive maintenance.
We believe that the most effective way to achieve optimal performance in buildings is to provide a comprehensive service based on integrating a range of engineering disciplines. Our core disciplines of electrical and mechanical engineering are supported by a range of specialist capabilities, from advanced lighting systems and fire protection to ground source heating and rain water harvesting.
We provide an end-to-end service for owners, architects and developers extending from initial planning through to detailed design, construction and fit-out.
With strong client and supplier relationships and a whole-life approach to building engineering, we are ideally positioned to create well thought-out buildings that meet the rising standards of sustainability and achieve the client’s commercial objectives.
Our in-house designers use the latest software and our website download facility, means we can quickly keep our clients updated with their scheme.
Security alarm systems are a worthwhile investment in the protection of your business. Studies reveal that it is far less likely that you will become the victim of a burglary if you have a correctly installed and well maintained intruder alarm.
Our approach to intruder alarms ensures that your security solution is user-friendly, simple, trouble free and effective at protecting your business, employees, visitors, information and assets.
We can provide the perfect solution, from private houses to multi-site organisations. Our security system designs incorporate the latest technology, user friendly systems and first class installations.
Green Alternative Services
We are extremely conscious of the part that we play in protecting the environment and understand that many of our clients share these values. We have been extremely proactive in researching, developing and utilising low energy solutions into our design and installation work. We seek to provide building solutions that are up to the high standards our clients expect yet minimise the impact on the planet.
Below are some of the alternative solutions we have successfully delivered.
- Super low energy effective lighting
- LED lighting solutions
- Free energy consultation and advice
- Smart metering solutions
- Wind turbines connected to the grid and to battery sets
- Solar panels
- Renewable Biomass
- Photovoltaics and now Photovoltaics thermal
- Rainwater harvesting
- Renewable ground & air source heat pumps