Bloor Homes challenged TriConnex to design a network for their new 101 unit development without a substation. Their build programme was also tight, with the first phase of houses to be handed over 20 weeks after development started.
Through close communication with UK Power Networks, TriConnex were able to design a network without the need for a substation. Two solutions were offered up, and the one chosen represented the least disruption to the surrounding community, as this would have involved works through an existing housing estate.
The chosen option was based on a connection in a nearby agricultural field, with the cable route running along a dis-used railway line, which had since been evolved by the council to a popular footpath. Due to UKPN’s procedures, negotiations with the third party land owners (both the field and track) were to be carried out by TriConnex. Our legal team made contact with the respective land owners (1 private, 1 council), well in advance of the power on date, and successfully negotiated the necessary wayleave amendments and easements required, to bring power to site without the need for the client’s involvement. Adjacent to this, the onsite IDNO legal requirements for the new electricity and gas networks were also being carried out, this time requiring close liaison with our client and their chosen solicitor. Our Operations team liaised with the relevant council authority to gain permission to carry out the works required on the footpath, and to secure a footpath closure notice whilst the works were carried out.
This solution, along with a Temporary Building Supply for phase 1 of the site, meant that power was on site, when required.
Bloor Homes’ tight build schedule was achieved on time through both early negotiations for the legals, and the application of a TBS. These elements were all managed by TriConnex’s expert team giving peace of mind to the client, who received regular updates informing them of progress.