Morrison Utility Connections, a major projects Independent Connection Provider (ICP) and part of Morrison Utility Services, has completed work on a 24MW connection to power the new ‘Forrest Park’ expansion of the Aycliffe Business Park in Durham.
Working on behalf of client Durham County Council, Morrison Utility Connections was responsible for the full design and installation of the new development’s connection infrastructure including civils, electrical, protection and control works, for what is County Durham’s biggest business park.
The scope of works included the construction of a new brick built 33/11kV substation and an11kV switchroom housing two 33kV/11kV transformers and the associated 11kV switchgear. The associated 6,000m, 33kV cable route included design for a 150m horizontal directional drill (HDD) under an adjoining stretch of the A1(M) motorway. The project also involved the commissioning and connection at Northern Powergrid’s Darlington North Grid substation.
Executive Director Mike Harrison commented: “We are delighted to have completed this turnkey design and installation project on behalf of Durham County Council. With the need to minimise disruption a key priority, the Morrison Traffic Management team played a vital role in the project’s smooth progression. Comprehensive stakeholder management and community relations initiatives were also established to ensure strong communication with the local community throughout the project’s challenging cable route.”
Dave Wafer, Strategic Traffic Manager from Durham County Council commented: “By unlocking the new development on Forrest Park, we hope to bring forward over 3,000 jobs across 50 hectares. Forrest Park will add further floor space in addition to the existing Aycliffe Business Park, with efficient and reliable energy supply being a vital element of the development. Throughout this bespoke design and installation project, the Morrison Utility Connections team has worked collaboratively with us to ensure that the programme of works ran smoothly, that all stakeholders were kept informed and that disruption to the surrounding community was minimised. We are delighted with the way in which this project was managed.”
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