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Midlands-based TNA Electrical has recently finalised its mechanical, electrical and public health project for the prestigious Versa Studios in Leeds, following a competitive four-way tender.

The company, based in Cannock, West Midlands, has been a major part of the transformation of the former Polestar Petty Printwork site situated just outside of Leeds city centre.

Once standing derelict as industrial units, later this year the 22,000 sqft site it will open as Versa Studios, where Channel 4 will be filmed, amongst other productions.

Principal contractor ISS Property was engaged to find the right supplier for the mechanical and electrical framework phase, and following the month-long tender process, the team at TNA were awarded the £1.4m contract because of its expertise in the sector.

Starting from scratch

The team were starting with a blank canvas and therefore all the services that are required to support a live TV studio had to be designed with close liaison with the users to define the brief.

It took around a month for them to design the mechanical, electrical and public health systems for four studios, along with support areas which consisted of toilets, rest rooms, make-up rooms, shower rooms and workshops.

Scope and Programme of Works

  • Mains LV distribution, containment systems, small power, lighting & emergency lighting, lighting control systems, fire alarm, security systems, data Networks, CCTV, BMS and door access.
  • Mechanical package – water supply & distribution, HVAC, Gas supply and distribution, Sanitation, Plumbing, Sound attenuation, Hybrid VRF and air conditioning.

Starting on site in October 2020 for a duration of 20 weeks, TNA successfully delivered on time and within budget.


Job in hand

Chris Hodson, Principal Contractor at ISS Property, said: “This 20-week programme ran really smoothly and the team at TNA completed the final fix to a high standard. They were great to work with, rolled their sleeves up and got on with the job in hand. It was the first time we had used them and it won’t be the last.”

Andy Jones, TNA Managing Director said: “Following testing and commisioning, we were delighted to hand over the job in such a seamless fashion – it was a privledge to be involved in such a prestigious project, we were pleased to use a solid team of 30 engineers made up of TNA staff and which was supplemented with local labour from Leeds and the surrounding areas.