The first new youth hostel to open in London for years with state-of-the-art cabling infrastructure

Monarch Court lighting

Monarch Court was a redundant care home that was given a new lease of life. It would be Hackney’s first hostel for homeless young people, and the first new youth hostel to open in London for years. With the number of young homeless people in London doubling in two years, the 87 bedrooms would help over 2,000 homeless young people get their lives back on track over the next 15 years.

Established London builders Kind & Co were appointed as the main contractor for this large-scale conversion. In order for the complex project to run smoothly, they required a single electrical and structured cabling partner for the building system infrastructure. GCL, with their previous experience of refurbishing multi-occupancy residences, were the perfect choice.


Safe, economical & energy efficient systems required

Along with delivering an efficient well managed project, the 24-hour safety of residents and staff at Monarch Court was a priority for the finished premises.

Monach court planning
  • All building management systems installed and tested to industry standards
  • Full surveys of all existing electrical, lighting, telecommunications and fire alarm systems
  • Design and installation of the most cost-effective, energy efficient equipment and systems
  • GCL were required to install the electrical supply, fire, security, lighting, and telecoms systems. The electrical & cabling systems GCL designed and installed for each system needed to be top quality, low maintenance and energy efficient. This would extend the lifespan of the building infrastructure and minimise on- going maintenance costs and energy consumption.


    Challenges to overcome

    The multi discipline job involved all aspects of electrical supply and cabling on a tight time-scales. On top of this, re-configuring an existing building is always more challenging as the old cabling has to be removed before the new cabling infrastructure can be installed. The existing electrical supply was not sufficient for the proposed new electrical load and all safety installations were out of date. Careful planning and logistics were required to manage the transition, whilst keeping a keen eye on health & safety in a sometimes dangerous and crowded working environment.

    Out with the old in with the new

    GCL worked closely with the client throughout the project on planning, logistics and health and safety. Building Information Modelling techniques were used (BIM) to plan the installation in collaboration with the main contractor ensuring efficient implementation.

    Monarch Court work

    The following building management systems were installed and integrated:

    • CCTV system with 47 internal and 13 external HD cameras
    • Fully net-workable 64 channel digital recording suite linked to all cameras, 24/7
    • Honeywell intruder alarm and door entry system
    • New fire alarm system with 200 Apollo heat and smoke detectors
    • New telecoms suite, with telecommunications cabling
    • New boilers, radiators, air conditioning and plant room
    • Sensor controlled high frequency T5 lighting in all communal areas


    Great teamwork means efficiency

    GCL’s main aim was to allow the most efficient working relationship between the main contractor and themselves so the project could be completed as quickly as possible without any compromise in quality or standards. By using BIM collaboration and being fully qualified to install and integrate all building management systems GCL provide a single electrical and structured cabling partner for main contractors.

    Today Monarch Court is a bustling youth hostel, helping young people to build a future. The building creates a safe environment for those seeking refuge, with a modern electrical infrastructure system that will be appreciated by all who use the energy efficient building.

    “We worked really closely with GCL on this project and we were very impressed with their communication throughout. We will not hesitate to work with GCL again.” Steve Juson, Kind & Co.



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