Electrical services company completes renovation of UK’s oldest hotel

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An electrical services company based in the North West of England has completed a complete electrical overhaul of what is considered to be Europe’s oldest coaching inn.

The age and importance of The Olde Bell in Hurley, Berkshire, which has hosted the likes of Richard Burton, Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo over the years, meant the job was subject to strict regulations covering parts that could be modified or even just used for fittings. .

Ash Integrated Services, which is based in Atherton near Manchester, spent six months painstakingly working on the Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to 1135, completely renewing its power supply, including new lighting and power supply.

The company, which offers integrated electrical, plumbing and heating services, also installed a new fire alarm system, as well as data and audiovisual connectivity in all rooms.

Antony Grace, director of Ash Integrated Services, said: “Between covid-19 and the legacy restrictions, we only had a team of two on site, which meant each part of the job took a very tight deadline.

“The location of each piece of wiring, the choice of lighting and even the fastening elements of the components in place had to be carefully considered.

“As a company specializing in renewable and low-carbon works, we also appreciate that even in older premises, improvements can still be made, and that by keeping these sites in operation instead of building in again, we can help keep global carbon emissions to a minimum.

“By precisely installing the right modern electrical equipment, especially the state-of-the-art fire alarm system, we have helped protect the Olde Bell for many years to come. “

The Olde Bell, which is spread over five buildings, is a short walk from the River Thames and offers accommodation, a restaurant, pub and conference facilities, as well as a popular wedding venue.

Antony added: “As such an important historic building, it is essential to ensure that it continues to function well, in order to preserve it for future generations.

“We are really happy with the work we did under tight deadlines. “

This was posted in the Member News section of Bdaily by Alice Lee.

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Patricia D. Rutt