A ‘first’ for power…

Berryfields is a phased urban extension to Aylesbury which will accommodate 3,000 homes, a new Academy, employment areas, district centre with retail, health & educational facilities, railway station and open space. Working as principal contractor, Power On Connections undertook the £7m project, which comprised an 8.2MVA load and 6.8km off-site extra high voltage cable route.

To complete works, Power On Communications negotiated the long term lease of the land; purchased land for the substation site and navigated three bridge crossings. They also undertook extensive consultation meetings with local residents and Buckinghamshire County Council’s traffic management division to ensure minimum disruption. In addition, as part of its ‘responsible neighbour’ policy, Power On Connections designed the substation to preserve a Category B oak tree on the site and made a substantial donation to fund a new disabled restroom for a local village hall.

Power On Connections work on Berryfields represented the biggest single project for the London team since the depot opened and was the first primary substation installation in the region.

The electricity infrastructure for a project of Berryfields’ size was extremely complex and required an experienced, knowledgeable and flexible team. Power On Connections offered the ideal solution; an in-house team of experts who could work within strict timescales to professionally manage all aspects of the project – their involvement has ensured the continuing successful development of the area. Stuart Grant, Berryfields MDA Project Manager, Cooper Grant Consulting Ltd