The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has recently opened a new 18,000ft2 cable testing laboratory in Milton Keynes.

The new facility, which has also become BASEC’s new head office, is the largest dedicated testing laboratory for cables in the UK. The deputy mayor of Milton Keynes and electrical industry professionals, trade organisations, cable manufacturers and media attended the event which included a presentation from the chief executive of BASEC, Dr Jeremy Hodge and tours of the facility.

BASEC, which has been located in Milton Keynes for over 30 years, has made a significant investment in the new laboratory, including the commissioning of brand new test equipment. BASEC’s previous arrangement for testing with the British Standards Institution (BSI) was concluded earlier this year and staff and equipment were transferred to the new site. A number of new jobs and apprenticeships will be created locally.

Hodge explained, “The work done here in our laboratory will provide a world class benchmark for the quality and safety assessment of electrical cables used across the UK and in many other parts of the world. As there is little legislation or public sector enforcement of electrical cables, what we do is of crucial importance for public safety. This campaign cannot be conducted by BASEC alone, and we work in partnership with a range of organisations including those representing electrical contractors, cable manufacturers, many specialist user sectors, public safety charities, buyers and traders.

From the new laboratory, BASEC will also provide a service to test suspect cables in the marketplace, working with national initiatives to help stamp out the manufacture, distribution and use of non-compliant, or counterfeit cables.