Once in a Century Investment
€120 million Dublin Criminal Courts completed
RWL Advanced Solutions, in partnership with iCom Technologies, have recently completed a Brand-Rex Cat6Plus system comprising of in excess of 4000 outlets with a fully redundant fibre optic backbone for the Criminal Courts in Dublin. The Complex was delivered by way of a Public Private Partnership with Babcock and Brown. Their consortium's design, delivery and ongoing management of this complex will see The Courts Service involved in a 28 year relationship with them.
The Dublin Criminal Courts Complex encompasses over 25,000 sq foot and willl create "a future which promises a great change in the axis of activity in our capital's legal quarter". Work on the project commenced in 2007 and the project was completed within 34 months.
The Criminal Courts Complex is the largest courts project undertaken in the State since the building of the Four Courts itself. The 10 storey high building contains 22 double height courtrooms, 16 of which are jury courts. The building is an example of sustainable design. Its unique environmental bronze and glass veil will at once demonstrate the weight of justice, its strength & materiality while simultaneously controlling light and acoustics within the courtrooms. The ‘Great Hall’ is the central heart of the complex, providing a simple legibility to public circulation.
Over the past number of years a major need has emerged for a dedicated Criminal Courts Complex for Dublin. The criminal courts across the city centre and the Four Courts complex have struggled to cope with the levels of business presenting itself. This project will provide The Courts Service with a centralised facility to cater for all criminal court business in Dublin. It will allow The Courts Service bring to the nations capital the modern and world class facilities which The Courts Service have provided in County towns around Ireland.
In 2005, iCom Technologies were asked to join the consortium for the design and build of the new Criminal Courts Complex in Dublin ( Now called the Criminal Courts of Justice ). iCom Technologies had responsible for the entire design and installation of the complete structured cabling system , location and size of all communications rooms and equipment rooms, backbone infrastructure and incoming service providers. RWL and iCom worked very closely on delivering the most effective design in terms of future proofing and redundancy.
The network consisted of several completely separate and isolated systems, Irish Courts service network, Court room evidence & Video conference network, Bar council network, Irish Prison Service network, Security network, Lighting management network. Each of these networks acts whole independent of all other networks using separate cables and spaces.
A decision was made by iCom Technologies to use Brand-Rex as the network infrastructure component supplier for both Copper and Fibre due to the strict qualification process and stringent delivery of project. All suppliers had to be formerly accepted by the Courts Authority consultant and Brand-Rex was accepted without hesitation.
In addition to the structured cabling installation iCom Technologies were also responsible for the design and installation of the PABX telephone system ( For this system we chose the 3Com VCX VOIP Telephone system ), the TV distribution system ( for this system we chose the Cabletime Compact TV over UTP system ), the Security network hardware ( 3Com network switches ), the Lighting Management network Hardware ( 3Com network switches ).
The above systems meant that the entire security system, TV network, evidence display systems, Court room video conference system, lighting management, VOIP Telephone system, prisoner transfer call system along with 4 separate LAN networks are all connected using the Brand-Rex structured cabling system.
Construction was completed in September 2009 and the Complex has now been in operation for almost a year without a glitch.
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