Client University College London

Main Contractor Volker Fitzpatrick

Sector Education

Services Electrical Design & Build

Contract Value 800K

Programme 48 Weeks

Location Dagenham, East London


In partnership with Volker Fitzpatrick, Pentalec was appointed to deliver electrical services for the University College London’s (UCL) unique facility – Clean Active Ventilation Environment (CAVE). The first of its kind, the CAVE is a large, reconfigurable laboratory space that will be dedicated to researching the effects that traffic pollution, infectious diseases or other airborne hazards has on indoor urban environments.  The CAVE is a complex climate-controlled and ventilation-controlled space with an area of 206 square metres and a height of 9m, which can be set up to mimic external environment with temperatures ranging from -5°C to over 40°C. Pentalec were appointed by Volker Fitzpatrick to deliver the entire Electrical Services package for this project, which was delivered as a Design & Build from RIBA Stage 3, including a BIM 3D model.



  • New 11kV Transformer delivering 600KVA power to the building
  • LV infrastructure including multiple panel boards and distribution boards
  • Unique power infrastructure required in the laboratory area to enable test equipment to be deployed
  • LV power to mechanical plant and equipment
  • Cat 6a and Fibre IT network cabling system
  • Fire alarm and Security Systems



  • A bespoke building design brought several ‘never been done before’ challenges for the design team
  • Delivered during the Ukraine war crisis which brought some lead time and cost increases
  • Compressing a lot of services into a relatively small space brought a number of design and co-ordination challenges



  • Meeting the UCL client’s expectations with the result
  • Achieving the BREEAM Excellent certification
  • Delivering a ‘never been done before’ bespoke laboratory

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