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Pellings to work on unusual power station project

Pellings have been appointed Employer's Agent by Affinity Sutton on the highly unusual Kingston Heights development on the site of the Old Kingston Power Station.

Developer NHP who own the freehold of the site have been working for over ten years to bring the project to fruition, largely because the site sits directly over live electricity transformers. Following negotiations with UK Power Networks to secure a period of power outage, piling work will shortly begin to construct a steel frame around the transformer and secure concrete panels to create a 15m long, 30m wide and 18m high enclosure around the transformer ready for work to begin on site this time next year.

Pellings have a watching brief during the construction of the 'enclosure' and will take over as Employer's Agent when work of the £7.3 million Kingston Heights development begins. The development comprises 56 units, 18 of which will be shared ownership and the remainder general needs. Kingston heights forms part of a wider scheme consisting of 359 flats and a hotel, the remainder of the scheme made up by the Riverside development being built by developer Redrow Homes on the same site.

The contractor on both the Kingston heights and the Riverside developments will be United House who will be utilising Modern Methods of Construction. Light steel frame structures and structural insulated panels (SIPS) will be incorporated in order to keep the load to a minimum and avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the new concrete enclosure. Plans are in place for the scheme to be served by an open loop heat pump, utilising the adjacent river Thames; this would be the first use of this system in the UK.

For more information on the project contact Ian Collins on 020 8460 9114 or icollins@pellings.co.uk

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