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The diverse range of projects that Monard have been involved in demonstrates the extent of our electrical expertise within the commercial, industrial and private sectors.

Client List

Christchurch College
Corpus Christi College
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry
Department of Classics
Department of Engineering
Department of Materials
Department of Physics
Department of Physiology
Department of Statistics
Estates Services (OUES)
Green Templeton College
Oriental Institute
Rhodes House
Rothermere American Institute
Sackler Library
Taylorian Institute
University College
University of Oxford

Ashmolean Museum
Ashmolean Museum Broadway
Blenheim Palace
Bodleian Library
Museum of the History of Science
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Pitt Rivers Museum
Sheldonian Theatre

Beard Construction
Benfield and Loxley
Knowles and Son
Oxford Pipework Services
Pyrotec Fire and Security
Richard Ward
Symm and Co

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Work: Lighting refurbishment for Oxford University Estates Services
Work completed: July 2014

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens and is widely known for its displays of fossils and dinosaurs. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.

Monard were the main contractor for the lighting refurbishment in the main court of the museum and we were responsible for the major new upgrade of existing perimeter lighting and the new installation of architectural lighting in the building following the recent refurbishment of the cast iron and glass roof.

We worked closely with Robert Gregg of University Estates Services and Zumtobel in the design process, as well as developing with the Ashmolean Museum a system of unique bespoke magnetic mounts for fixing luminaries to the iron pillars.

While the interior scaffolding was in place for work on the glass roof, the delicate cabling operation took place. Cables were sensitively placed to not interfere with the fabric of the building, while still providing the power to illuminate the vast interior spaces.

Following its completion, the museum now has a state-of-the-art DALI lighting control system, enabling museum staff to set different lighting according to time of day, events and exhibitions. These controls can be activated using mobile devices making it effortless for staff to magically illuminate the museum at the swipe of a finger.

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Monard Electrical Natural History Museum Oxford

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“We could not have achieved this without the obvious commitment, passion and pride in the project displayed by the whole team, and I illustrate this with just one example - 4000 wiring terminations on the project and not a single, solitary loose connection or fault - extraordinary”
Robert Gregg, OUES Electrical Engineer

“I would like to express my gratitude for the professional way in which the Monard team managed and carried out this project. With Monard's wealth of experience working in heritage environments, the team showed the sensitivity and awareness needed when working in a museum and a Grade 1 listed building.”
Professor Paul Smith, OUMNH Museum Director

““It was a pleasure to work with Monard in developing the innovative and creative lighting solution finally achieved in what is such a unique iconic building within Oxford. Working within a Grade 1 listed building with such a rich tapestry of history, has without doubt been an excellent experience and learning opportunity for all concerned. The final result would not have been possible if hadn't been for the pride, passion and attention to detail shown by the entire Monard Team, hence the final result is second to none and one for which they should all truly be proud”
Steve Downie LSC (Dipl.). Lighting Solutions Consultant, Zumtobel Lighting Limited

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Ashmolean Museum Broadway

Work: Refurbishment of 17th Century property into a Museum
Work completed: September 2013

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is well known as the first public museum in Britain, as well as for its quality and high level of research and development as part of the University of Oxford. In 2010, the Ashmolean took up the opportunity to work with Worcestershire County Council and other local stakeholders in order to transform the 17th century former coaching inn in the Cotswold village of Broadway, known as ‘Tudor House’, into a new Museum – The Ashmolean Museum Broadway.

The building itself underwent a major refurbishment physically in order to ensure all aspects of it were the highest museum standards. The work took several months and involved skilled contractors to install the new electrical and national museum standard security systems. Just like the Arts and Crafts Architect, C.E.Mallows, who carried out the last major refurbishment in 1908, it was ensured that it maintained the beautiful and fascinating grade listed features throughout the property.

The historic house itself has its own history and stories and so the objects for the displays were chosen from the Ashmolean collections in order to expand on the themes of the property itself, as well as keeping a local Cotswolds relevance.

The Ashmolean Museum Broadway opened to the public on Saturday 7 September 2013, with the accolade of being the most significant cultural contribution to Worcestershire in this generation.

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“With such a sensitive and important project, the Ashmolean knew it had to use a well trusted and experienced contractor to oversee the extensive refurbishment works. The building needed rewiring and a substantial security system upgrade in order to meet the National Indemnity Standards for museums. Monard can also claim to be the first company to install a fire alarm system into this property, which has an age of over almost 400 years!”
Victoria McGuinness, Ashmolean Museum Project Manager (2007-2014)

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Ashmolean Museum Cast Gallery

Work: Rewiring and relighting of galleries and storerooms
Work completed: October 2010

In October 2010, the Ashmolean completed a further stage of its transformative redevelopment with the reopening of the Cast Gallery. The Museum has one of the country’s largest collections of plaster casts taken from the monuments and sculptures of the ancient world. The Cast Gallery, once a separate building, is now an integral part of the Museum and has been completely redisplayed.

The Ashmolean cast collection began in 1884 and received its own purpose-built gallery in 1960. Until this important refurbishment, visitors to the Cast Gallery had to leave the main Museum building and go around to the back in order to gain access. The gallery has been joined with the ground floor of the rest of the museum with a large break-through in the gallery’s external wall.

The project integrated the cast collection with those of the new Ancient World Galleries, allowing visitors to see the sculpture of the ancient Mediterranean in its wider cultural and historical contexts. The collection is invaluable for teaching students in a range of subjects, for artists and for members of the public who, through these displays are able access sculptures from all over the world.

The refurbishment included gutting the galleries’ structure, fixing the plaster walls and ceilings, parquet floor sanding and sealing and major rewiring, installation of a security and fire detection system and design the gallery and promenade relighting.

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“As a project on a tight budget, the Cast Gallery refurbishment had to be swift and accurate. The knowledge of Monard and the ability to work to the high standards of the University of Oxford meant that the project ran smoothly and was completed on time and on budget.

The funding body was impressed with the results and has funded the Museum for other subsequent projects, which is essential for the Ashmolean to continue developing and refreshing its displays for its wide audiences.”
Victoria McGuinness – Ashmolean Museum Project Manager (2007-2014)

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Christ Church Undercroft Bar

Work: Electrical rewire and new installation
Work completed: July 2014

Christ Church is a unique institution, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. It has a world famous Cathedral Choir; scholarly collections of books and art; and is enjoyed by many people as visitors or guests at conferences and Summer schools.

Christ Church has a fascinating history and many distinguished people have studied there including John Locke, Robert Hooke, John Wesley, Robert Peel, William Gladstone, W.H. Auden, David Dimbleby, Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis and Howard Goodall.

This was a unique installation with all aspects of electrical and ancillary services works undertaken. Included within the installation was upgrading of submains and new distribution complete with remote monitored metering. A network system of inscreed ducting and conduits to maintain a discreet and rewire able electrical installation. A complete new lighting system, with LED tape to all the bespoke capitals (internal stone work) all with individual addresses for multi configuration and end user operation. All the lighting is wired through an inverter and change over relays, therefore creating a non-standard and far from straight forward lighting circuit. A complete new fire and security alarm installation has been carried out and is completely monitored by the Christ Church lodge.

We work in close connection with the main contractors (Knowles and Son Ltd) to ensure the client's needs and satisfaction was maintained before, during and after the contract is/was completed. We also maintained regular communication with the electrical consultants (CBG) throughout the project ensuring all technical and practical outcomes were achieved to their design philosophy.

The electrical engineers dedicated to this project were present from day one all the way to completion, this is to ensure the personal and regular contact between a main and sub-contractor was trusted and easily communicated.

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Mark Brewster, CBG Electrical Engineer

Tony Morris, Clerk of the Works

Adam Jagger, Knowles & Son Ltd Contracts Manager

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Green Templeton College

Work: Refurbishment of the east wing
Work completed: 2013

Green Templeton College officially formed in October 2008 as a result of a merger between Green and Templeton. Green Templeton College possesses particular strengths in medical and life sciences, and management studies, thanks to the pre-existing capacities of these two graduate colleges.

Monard electrical have carried many Projects related to the college over recent years including rewires of college properties, maintenance and test inspections.

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"Green Templeton College embarked on sympathetically restoring the east wing of the grade 1 listed 18th Century Radcliffe Observatory. Whilst restoring the fabric and furnishings we took the opportunity to modernise the M&E services. A new BMS plant room, mains panel and lighting were included in the upgrade. As acting Project Manager I was very pleased with the skills, dedication and attention to detail provided by the appointed contractors. A special mention has to be awarded to Monard Electrical, who were very effective and professional in their role as Principal Contractor and remained within budget and met a tight deadline. On completion we invited all involved parties to a ‘thank you’ tea at which conservation stamped their seal of approval and the college Vice Principal extended her gratitude to Monard Electrical"
Steve Williams, Maintenance Manager, Green Templeton College

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Holder Building: Oxford University

Work: Electrical upgrade for the Department of Materials and Department of Engineering
Work completed: 2012

In 2012 we started a 2 year project to rewire areas of the Holder Building, the project designers were Foreman Roberts. The project included the replacement of lighting, containment, distribution, small power, metering and data network in labs and teaching spaces. The ground floor electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
had a complete upgrade which involved careful planning and design due to the sensitivity of the equipment being used.

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"For the duration of the project Monard electrical provided an excellent service in terms of project management and quality of installation, I would have no hesitation in recommending this Monard team to others."
Steve Fleming (Foreman Roberts)

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Ashmolean Museum

Work: Randolph Sculpture Gallery lighting upgrade for Beard Construction
Work completed: 2012

The Ashmolean Museum (in full the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology) on Beaumont Street, Oxford, England, is the world's first university museum. Its first building was built in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. The museum reopened in 2009 after a major redevelopment. In November 2011 new galleries focusing on Egypt and Nubia were also unveiled.

The Randolph sculpture gallery lighting upgrade was carried out with the Museum to install new Track lighting and architectural lighting. The Hoare Lea scheme involved using track-mounted LED spotlights, including the Type X by Mike Stoane Lighting and the DR2 by Remote Controlled Lighting, using track which coordinates with decorative ceiling cornice straps to minimise impact. Special brackets developed for remote control lighting ensure close coordination with the cornice straps and the track system, allowing for a neat and minimal installation.

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“The Randolph Sculpture Gallery is one of the most iconic spaces in the Museum and is regularly used for a variety of different events and is particularly popular for weddings. We therefore needed a flexible scheme that provided both world-class lighting for the Arundel marbles during the day but was also appropriate for evening events. A great challenge which has been met by this remarkably flexible lighting scheme which enhances the architecture, highlights the collections and enables us to have wonderful evening events.”
Harry Phythian-Adams, Executive Officer

“The Ashmolean is delighted with the lighting scheme, the space shows the Ashmolean’s world renowned Arundel Marbles, which are now displayed in a gallery which is beautifully integrated into the Ashmolean’s new Ancient World floor.”
Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director Ashmolean

"We were tasked with a general refurbishment of the Randolph Gallery with a completion deadline set in stone to accommodate an important function. The lighting and electrical works formed the major part of these works and were crucial to the success of the project. We worked in partnership with Monard, the Museum and consultants to develop and deliver the scheme ahead of time and to a high standard which the customer was delighted with. Monards were key to the success of this project and the approach of both office and site staff was excellent. They were flexible & considerate on site in the difficult environment of working in a live museum and their technical input and advice to overcome design issues was a invaluable in achieving the overall success of the scheme."
Nick Bradley, Beards Construction

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> Projects Archive


Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Lighting refurbishment
July 2014

Ashmolean Museum Broadway
Lighting refurbishment
September 2013

Ashmolean Museum Cast Gallery
Rewire and relighting of galleries and storerooms
October 2010

Christ Church
Undercroft Bar rewire and new installation
July 2014

Green Templeton College
Refurbishment of the east wing

Holder Building: Oxford University
Electrical upgrade for the Department of Materials and Department of Engineering

Ashmolean Museum
Randolph Sculpture Gallery lighting upgrade

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