Hostel Re-wire

Project: Full electrical re-wire at Birmingham Central Backpackers.

Client Needs

The client needed a full electrical re-wire to ensure their accommodation adhered to all current building and electrical regulations.

Job Overview

This was a 4 week project using a 2-3 man electrical team and involved the complete re-wire of the hostels extended accommodation. The purpose of the re-wire was to bring the electrical system in line with the 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations.

The existing installation was outdated and had various safety issues with regards cabling, wiring, circuit protection and electrical fittings. For the new system we installed surface mounted wiring using white PVC conduit throughout. This allowed for a quicker and cleaner installation, causing less disruption to the hostels existing business and their customers.

The property ran over two floors so we made the early decision to incorporate a new board on the first floor and run this back to the ground floor sub mains board.

There were 14 bedrooms, 4 bathroom/WC areas, an upstairs kitchen, plus all linking corridors and a workshop area to be completely re-wired with new lighting circuits, ring mains and associated electric showers, fan isolators and heaters in all bathroom areas.

The new installation was carried out alongside the existing wiring to enable the continued use of the old lighting and sockets where needed. Each bedroom was re-wired to contain 2 sockets and 1 light, with some deviations along the way with larger bedrooms needing extra power outlets and lighting.

The electric shower cabling was upgraded from 6mm to 10mm to follow regulations. We found the existing 6mm cable was dangerously overheating and was a potential fire hazard.

New RCBOs were installed at the mains board and sub mains to protect individual circuits that needed that extra level of safety, providing overcurrent protection and leakage detection.

The existing installation also lacked any kind of earthing system, so DJK Projects installed a new earth rod as a priority. The new TT earthing system was tested for resistance to ensure it would protect both live currents and equipment.

The final installation was fully tested to ensure it was working as required. The customer was provided with all certificates and related information for the new system.


Why choose us

  • 1 Our Experience

    Our projects have included commercial, public & residential schemes of all sizes.

  • 2 Our Workmanship

    All operatives are fully trained and certified to current standards.

  • 3 Our References

    Our satisfied client base has provided us with repeat business and unique partnerships.

  • DJK Projects have been responsible for the up-keep and maintenance of all our electrical and building requirements. We are very pleased with the quality of work and would recommend them to any business.
    Ian Sutton - Director | Auditechnik
  • At the Old Station Caravan Park we have recently completed restoration work on the old ticket office and DJK Projects have made a first class job of the electrical installation.
    Old Station Caravan Park
  • DJK Projects carried out an outstanding job re-wiring our premises (Backpackers Youth Hostel). Quick, Clean, Reliable service. We are very satisfied and would definitely call them again.
    Janos Rabi - Birmingham Central Backpackers