ESM Power overcame difficult challenges during the upgrade of Follingsby Business Park.

The Client

Legal & General UK Property Fund are a multinational financial services group. Their services include investment management, general insurance, life insurance, pensions and building services.

Our Work

The client requested ESM Power’s services to assist with an upgrade of 7MVA to feed into new developments in Follingsby Business Park.

ESM Power are acting as principal designer and principal contractor for this project. The first stage was completed off site and included approximately 3km of cable route, the majority of which was alongside the A194 road.

The design stage of this project was a particular challenge. We encountered major obstacles such as roundabouts, high areas of congestion and railway bridges as well as restrictions from Highways Agency and Northern Powergrid. To complete the route and overcome these challenges, we used a number of complex directional drills. Several of these were the deepest and longest that Northern Powergrid have ever experienced and so obtaining design approval proved difficult. ESM Power’s designs were based on both the IDNO and client requirements and we successfully obtained design approval from UKPD as the adopting asset owner for the network.

The second stage was on-site work. The majority of the route, approximately 2km, was carried out in the adoptable roads and footpaths. ESM Power have supplied and installed a number of ring main units, transformers and low voltage breakers to feed the units.

We have also carried out all of the civil works both on site and off site, including plinths and excavation work.

This project required all areas of our business to work together and communication was a contributing factor to successfully completing the initial stages. We provided all correspondence to the local council and Highways Agency, seeking all the required works notices and permissions. Also we dealt with all construction health and safety, acting as principal contractor and notification to HSE.

Construction works are still ongoing and are due to be completed in December 2017.