Working as part of UK Power Networks’ ED1SON Alliance, Kier were tasked with connecting power and communication cables to one of the largest and most advanced battery storage plants in the UK.
Located near Burgess Hill in West Sussex, the new site from Harmony Energy and FRV comprises 34 MW / 68 MWh of Tesla’s Megapack utility-scale lithium-ion battery storage solution across 28 separate units. The state-of-the-art units are optimised for real-time trading and control applications, using Tesla’s Autobidder artificial intelligence platform.
To connect the battery storage unit to UK Power Networks’ distribution network, Kier embarked on a four month programme of works, including:
- 1.5 km of 33 kV power cables and fibre optics from a local substation to the new battery charging and storage centre.
- Use of horizontal directional drilling.
- A specialist rolling traffic management system, approved by the Highways Authority and the Local Council.
- Enabling works (including structural modifications) for new switchgear at a local switch house.
Due to the proximity of the site to the public, Kier operatives frequently interacted with pedestrians, dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and other road users, with overwhelmingly positive feedback received.
The works were delivered successfully and as a result, the Contego site is now directly connected to UK Power Networks’ distribution network, providing the capability to store energy from renewable sources and afford peak-time flexibility to the UK National Grid as part of the country’s continuing move away from fossil fuels.
Amongst its accolades, the project was awarded a Considerate Constructors Scheme Certificate of Excellence. The project scored Excellent or above in all categories, including Appearance, Community, Environment, Safety and Workforce.
UK Power Networks praised the safety performance, citing the frequent and open communication between the whole project team and the proactive approach to resolving issues.
The Luton DART project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier (VFK). This new state-of-the-art guided mass passenger transit system will link the airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway station. Due to open in 2021 it will reduce journey time from the terminal to central London to under 30 minutes.
Constructing two railway tunnels that run for 6.4km between the Royal Oak portal and the new Farringdon Crossrail station in Central London. Huge scale building of station tunnel caverns at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon for the new Elizabeth line.
Supporting the power requirement for ongoing Brighton Main Line signalling renewal works. We installed a Westplex System in order to upgrade a key commuter line to increase the quantity of trains able to utilise the line.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
Kier was selected to construct a new 1,300MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at West Burton, Nottinghamshire. The site is adjacent to the River Trent and the existing coal fired power station.
Transforming the former Manor and Kingsway Hospitals situated 1.5 miles west of Derby city centre, creating a diverse and thriving community of 700 homes with recreational facilities, retail space and a business park to create 450 jobs.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Creating a purpose-built facility for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Perinatal Services. Providing support for adolescents, pregnant women, and women with a babies up to one year old who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Working with Network Rail to keep the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft up and running. Replacing the line's Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system after the frequencies were allocated to the MOD, coming up with a workable solution with the client and ensuring this vital rural connection remained in service.
Delivering a 100% BIM3 compliant utilities design at one of London’s busiest interchanges, Bank Station. Serving 73 million passengers annually, situated between London Bridge and the Bank of England.
A modern primary school in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, for an expanding local community that involved pupils throughout the build delivered through the Scape Minor Works Framework by Kier and Arc Partnership