Case Studies

Forth View Flats

Forth View Flats

Moffat Electrical Projects, part of the Moffat Group are based in Dunfermline, Fife and provide electrical and mechanical services to domestic and commercial clients throughout Scotland.

Concerned over the use of plastic trunking in three blocks of seven storey flats and following recommendations from the local Fire Brigade, Fife Council appointed Moffat Electrical Projects to carry out an upgrade to the use of steel for the cable containment throughout the blocks.

Tamlex as specialist steel cable management manufacturers were chosen and specified to supply their 75 x 50mm two compartment system for the installation The galvanised steel trunking provides generous wiring space and the two compartments permit the use and separation of power from CCTV and telecommunication cabling.

Many site visits were involved to overcome the numerous specials that were required to replace the existing pathways throughout the buildings. Celebrating its 50 years as a UK manufacturer, Tamlex was able to respond to the bespoke needs of the project and ship directly to site as necessary.

“We knew Tamlex was a very robust and good quality system” said Site Manager Neil McKay, “By using steel throughout we satisfied the latest 18th Edition as regards providing a non-combustible means of support for all cabling in the event of a fire. We knew this is a major concern to our fire fighters”.

Graham Simpson one of the site installation engineers commented that, “the Tamlex system is one of the most robust trunking systems I have ever used whilst also offering great flexibility as regards the lid fixings, which saved us a lot of time during the installation.





Paro Group Ltd

Paro Group Ltd

Paro Group Ltd is a small but growing company, specialising in fire, access, intruder and CCTV design, specification, installation, commissioning and maintenance. Based in the West Midlands they have recently carried out an installation as part of a substantial upgrade of office and warehousing space for a well-known bathroom manufacturer in Redditch.


To provide a lightweight but strong high level cable support system they selected the new FastConnect wire basket by Tamlex, specialist steel cable management manufacturers from Telford.


The unique patented FastConnect coupling system is simplicity itself compared to other established products available. Just a simple push down to clip together the lengths of basket tray is all that is needed. No tools are required . In fact Anthony Lawrence, Paro Group Senior Engineer said, “if our apprentice can install it with no experience it must be a good system! It goes together really easily and has sped up the installation.” “Time and efficiency is very important to us on any installation” added Kerstin Collier from the group’s headquarters, “and given that the requirement was to fit over 50 wireless access points and more than 70 cameras, as well as cabling for several hundred data points, this process was made so much faster by the use of the tray to save time on installing the containment we needed.”


FastConnect lengths are supplied with a coupler at one end to save time resourcing separate items and all wire ends have been de-burred to prevent any snagging or damage as cables are laid in. FastConnect complies with EN 61537 for electrical continuity and C6 corrosion resistance. This year sees Tamlex celebrating 50 years of continuous UK manufacturing.





Byker Wall

Byker Wall

The Byker Wall development was awarded a prestigious grade ll listed building status in 2007, this required every fitting to be approved by English Heritage and Newcastle City Council. 

This process required one-off samples to be produced by Tamlex with regular site meetings between the manufacturer, electrical contractor and the governing bodies before any work could commence. 

The whole process from the concept stage, through to approval and then onto the final specification was completed within a short period due to the direct liaison between the manufacturer, wholesaler and electrical contractor. A large amount of bespoke trunking and fittings were supplied to the project.  













Tamlite Sign

Tamlite Hilux

The development of the new Tamlite Hilux factory in Redditch required a full range of Tamlex products including Cable Tray, Cable Trunking, Conduit and Strut Framework Systems to be installed throughout the factory and warehouse. 

Tamlex supplied a large range of standard products plus some special installation products to over come any unusual areas, this allowed the electrical contractors to finish the installation within the critical time scale required by Tamlite to get the factory up and running. 













Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium

 The Millennium Stadium located in the heart of the Welsh capital Cardiff is a major UK arena, hosting a range of prestigious sporting and entertainment events.

Tamlex were instrumental in the manufacture and supply of both strut framework and steel cable management tray systems. With a requirement of timely deliveries to ensure minimum disruption, Tamlex were only too happy to obligate and deliver.

Strength, reliability and installation ease were key decision factors for the selection of Tamlex for this project due to the size of the construction and prestige factor. 











W M Morrison Supermarkets Plc.


W M Morrison supemarket in Wilmslow, Cheshire have installed a complete purpose built cable management system based on solid steel cable tray. It is situated throughout the main store and extends into the warehouse area.

Due to the nature of the business, the design of the Tamlex product developed was favoured for its clean construction, adaptability for restricted areas and general ease of fitment.

Being flexible and having the manufacturing capability, Tamlex were able to meet all project requirements so that the customer's business operations were not delayed.









 Somerset House

This project demanded the development of a complete steel cable trunking system, with bespoke requirements including all associated accessories. Specially sized overall dimensions and irregular compartmentalised construction was achieved to the customer's satisfaction. The project required close communication between specifiers, contractors, electrical wholesaler and Tamlex the manufacturer. 

Since the house was of high visual historical importance, the necessary cable management system needed to be of a design and installed with minimum disruption and intrusion to the fabric of the building.

The building is used for prestigious annual events, with London Fashion Week being a key fixture in the calendar. This meant the adherence to strict project schedules was critical. 











The Shard, London Bridge Quarter 

When construction was planned for the tallest building in Europe many unique design and construction methods were required. One of the key pieces of equipment in a building as tall as this was the lift shafts and its associated cabling.

The design of the lift shaft trunking was discussed between Tamlex, the electrical wholesaler and the contractor.

The finished product was manufactured to the required design parameters and delivery exactly when required as storage space on site was at premium within central London. 












Offley Works


Offley Works in the heart of south west London was originally built at the end of the 19th century to produce pickles and chutneys. Recently the current owners, London Development Agency (LDA), appointed Matching Green Ltd. as their Private Development partner to create seven mews houses, two penthouses and 60,000sq. ft. of highly competitive, creative workspace.

To maintain a hint of its industrial legacy, the developer, James Allen, was keen to provide galvanised steel cable containment throughout and turned to Tamlex of Telford as a British manufacturer to provide solutions. To enhance the aesthetic effect, Tamlex were asked to provide the overhead cable tray with additional elongated piercings and further apertures where LED lamps could be installed. Dado style trunking with special punched apertures to allow for the power, voice and data outlets to be flushed in were also provided. Finishing on the floor, three compartment service boxes were used and let in with wood in-fills to match the authentic wood flooring.

Russell Jones of Progressive Electrical Ltd., the installers said, “It seemed that no matter what was asked of Tamlex they were be able to respond positively to provide a solution for us”. 








Alvan Blanch

Alvan Blanch

British manufacturing and project engineering company, Alvan Blanch, has a global outlook, specialising for over 60 years in the design, production and supply of quality machines and integrated systems for the primary and secondary processing of agricultural produce and waste materials.

From their 9,000m2 facility in Malmesbury, Alvan Blanch export to all over the world and are valued for the quality of their innovative and reliable products as much as for the personal service they provide.

To assist the control and management of the power cabling for their equipment they have chosen Tamlex of Telford as another British manufacturer to provide the solution. Specialist manufacturers in steel cable management and containment, Tamlex were also able to provide any special fabrications that may be required to suit particular pieces of equipment.


Tamlex have been manufacturing since 1969 and despite the upheavals and changes in the steel market have continuously invested in the latest machinery to remain competitive. The latest arrival has been a TruBend machine from Trumpf that represents the latest in press brake technology. With a 3D interface from design software to shop floor, tool set ups can be reduced and efficiencies increased which in turn leads to improved customer service.








Specialists in the field of Ultra High Vacuum technology (UHV), VacGen has become a premier supplier of vacuum components and manipulation devices to industry, education, research & development, and the scientific community. Having outgrown the current premises in East Grinstead and Hastings and wishing to join the operations under one roof, VacGen have built a purpose made facility in Dittons, East Sussex.


MacDonald Engineers were appointed for the electrical installation and following a visit to the Telford factory of Proteus Industrial Switchgear, part of the Installation Materials Division, a PRO800 800 amp switch board was ordered and fitted. Tamlex Steel Cable Management and Centaur uPVC also part of the IM Division supplied all the cable containment.










Marks Electrical

Marks Electrical

Leading electrical goods retailer, Marks Electrical, have expanded into new premises in Beaumount Leys, Leicester as part of a total refurbishment programme. Nominated installation contractors Compass Electrics chose Tamlex of Telford for their steel cable management supplies. As a UK family owned and local manufacturer Tamlex were able to quickly carry out a site visit and discuss with the client and the installer exactly what was required including advice for any special areas that needed suitable solutions.


Wire basket tray from Tamlex was used throughout for all overhead cable containment. Available in three metre lengths and widths ranging from 50 to 600mm the 4.00mm wire tray is sufficiently lightweight to fabricate bends on-site but suitably strong offering an ultimate tensile strength of 70kg/ mm2.


“The on-site service from Tamlex has been excellent”, said Andrew South of Compass, “and the products are great value for money”.


In addition to selling from their Leicester showroom, Marks Electrical are also online resellers and use their own fleet of vehicles to deliver nationwide.




Fast Cars & FastConnect


The new FastConnect basket tray recently launched by Tamlex of Telford has a unique design that enables quick and easy installation and so saving precious time on site against traditional products. The patented coupler does not require screws, tools or any other fastener as it simply clips into position and can be easily removed and repositioned if necessary.


Having been presented to Stuart Newnes, Director of Integrated Electrical Projects of Ashton-Under-Lyme it was chosen for use in a refurbishment of a luxury car dealership in Cardiff.


“I found the FastConnect couplers really made a difference to the install time,” said Craig Baker, “because of how easy they are to clip in. The basket I have used on previous jobs has a thread through clip on each side and can cause problems if you need to remove them. FastConnect has the added benefit that you don’t have to order the clips separately, which saves money! I would happily use and recommend this system on future projects due to the ease of installation.”







Tamlex & S&D Contracts UK Ltd Working Together

S&D Contracts

Igus is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of plastic plain and spherical bearings, linear guides, cable carriers and continuous-flex cables. Recently it was decided to refurbish their UK operation of offices and factory space based in Northampton.


S&D Contracts from Milton Keynes were appointed for the electrical installation, who when faced with the problem of supplying a range of special steel cable containment turned to Tamlex of Telford. A site visit revealed, for instance a need on the first floor for bespoke cable tray 350mm wide x 75mm deep with 255mm round apertures punched in various positons for luminaires to be fitted. Additionally it was necessary to integrate with previous systems, produce special bends, navigate round existing columns and produce a unique design with no visible hangers or joins.


Tamlex as a manufacturer for nearly 50 years with the latest design and machinery are one of the few companies left that can offer this complete local service. “On anything bespoke you always encounter problems”, said Stuart Collyer, owner of S&D Contracts, “but by dealing directly with Tamlex we were able to overcome all issues which made what could have been very difficult, very easy”.





Office-to-Resi at Old Trafford


The office-to-residential trend occurring at Old Trafford, Manchester continues with Marcol’s 100,000 sq ft Westpoint development. Only two miles from the city centre Westpoint is a local landmark and has its own multi-storey car park.


As befitting an out-of-town office-to-resi installation, electrical contractors Central Electrical NW Ltd chose the new M2 decorative range for the wiring accessories of the new apartments. From the five decorative metal plate finishes available the brushed stainless steel was selected with matching switches. M2 as part of the Installation Materials Division were also able to supply not only the main incoming distribution boards by Proteus Industrial Switchgear but all the containment by Tamlex Steel Cable Management based in Telford.


“Having direct contact with the manufacturers from IMD,” said Nathan Quinlan, director of Central Electrical, “was a great help in obtaining the correct materials and coordinating deliveries”