February 2018 has seen Sienna successfully deliver yet another switch room for our client ESM Power, within a high security business park in Farnborough.

This £700,000 new build project was delivered in two phases. Phase one involved the construction of the main switch house building, and phase two incorporated the delivery of the necessary external works to complete the new facility, including, associated drainage, new roads, new interceptor tank and associated pipework and paving, all of which were delivered by our experienced team of directly employed tradesmen.

As with many construction projects our team were faced with some challenges along the way. As well as managing the conditions required whilst working in a high security compound, this site had problems with pounding after rainfall, with large amounts of excess rainwater in and around our working area. To overcome this issue we needed to upgrade the existing drainage beyond the substation perimeter. To help our client achieve a solution to this problem, we engaged with the other landowners and carefully negotiated the plans to take the drainage outside the substation perimeter. We successfully implement this without any concerns or delays to our programme.

The enabling works to warrant the delivery of a 95-ton 132kV transformer also proved challenging. To achieve this our project team needed to dismantle and re-erect the staircase, remove tarmac ramps, raise the road level to bund slab level and reconstruct the road wherever it had been damaged by flooding. These extra works were also successfully delivered with no delay to the programme.

We are delighted to say this was yet another successful utilities project. Congratulations to our project team.