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SEGRO Park Rainham gains High Voltage connection

Jordan O'Brien

Jordan O'Brien

Contributing Editor
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SEGRO Park, a business and industrial centre located just outside London in Rainham, Essex, has been connected to the High Voltage network.

Worcestershire-based Independent Connections Provider (ICP), Rock Power Connections, finalised the installation of the High Voltage point of connection to the area. 

Rock Power Connections was appointed to install Low Voltage mains from a new substation to HDCTs housed in GRP enclosure, on a client constructed plinth. The installation had already commenced when the company entered the fray; which added to the complexity of the install. Careful planning and logical perspective was essential to get switchgear delivered on site safely.  

All previously installed cables were tested with fault-finding equipment. Defected cables were detected and repaired by Rock Power Connections before further works commenced. Despite this setback, Rock Power Connections completed all works before the meters were fitted.

Sophie Wells, project manager for Rock Power Connections, said, “This was a challenging install due to the existing LV network onsite, but by working closely with the developer and main contractor, we were able to compile a unique design which met both the IDNOs design standards and enabled each unit to be individually metered as per the developers requirement.

“The site was energised within the clients specified timescales and was a huge success, and it was great to be involved in such a pioneering development.”

SEGRO Park is an incredibly important industrial centre due to its commitment to sustainability. The buildings constructed on the site boast an EPC A+ rating, while the developer is targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards.

To achieve these sustainability goals, SEGRO Park boasts photovoltaic panels to all roofs and some walls, LED lighting and electric car charging points as standard. Further enhancements include the use of translucent wall panelling to increase natural daylight and the installation of a Tesla battery on Unit 8, to store generated electricity. All other units are ‘plug & play’ ready for the technology to be installed.

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