MK gets ‘largest cable testing base in the UK’

Dr Jeremy Hodge shows deputy mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Brian White the laboratory facilities. Here a lab technician is preparing an armoured cable for test.
Dr Jeremy Hodge shows deputy mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Brian White the laboratory facilities. Here a lab technician is preparing an armoured cable for test.
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Milton Keynes-based cable tester the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has opened what it believes is the largest facility of its type in the UK.

New city deputy mayor Brian White was the special guest at the opening of the new 18,000 sq-ft BASEC cable testing laboratory in Crownhill on September 13.

The state-of-the-art facility has also become BASEC’s new head office. The non-profit making government-nominated body has been in Milton Keynes for more than 30 years. But it has concluded an arrangement with the British Standards Institution and has made a ‘significant investment’ in shifting staff and equipment, including commissioning new kit, to the new base.

Dr Jeremy Hodge, chief executive of BASEC said: “Our intended benefits for our clients are increased efficiency and more rapid turn-around of samples. We will be expanding the range of services to cover fire and other tests for the benefit of our clients holding BASEC approvals, and in addition the laboratory will be offering a competitive service to other parties directly. A number of new jobs and apprenticeships will be created locally as well.”

Dr Hodge made a presentation to VIPs who were taken on tours of the facility. BASEC works with cable manufacturers from across the world, rigorously testing cables in a diverse range of environments in order to certify compliance and safety to UK, European and international standards.

New fire performance testing capabilities are currently being installed, and there are plans for additional test capabilities, cable types and product areas.