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Kettle boiling ceremony marks milestone for Midlands Gateway


An official ‘kettle switching on’ ceremony has been held to mark the completion of utility infrastructure works at the SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway at M1 Junction 24.


The event was attended by key project personnel from independent connections provider Matrix Networks, independent distribution network operator UK Power Distribution and development directors from Roxhill and SEGRO.


Roxhill Senior Development Director Kate Bedson carried out the official task of boiling the kettle to prove the electricity connection was fully up and running.


Delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, the multi-utility project was designed and installed by the Warrington-based business to provide power, heat and water for the 700-acre Strategic Rail Freight Interchange development.


To reach its completion, over the past 12 months Matrix Networks has worked to excavate a 12.5km route to the nearest Western Power Distribution connection point – the furthest distance the Company has ever had to negotiate.


It has also designed, installed and commissioned a new 33/11kV primary substation to supply 28MVA; designed, installed and commissioned the on-site 11kV infrastructure with secondary substation to supply on-streetlighting; provided a medium pressure gas main and a water main.


Senior Development Director, Kate Bedson, said: “Today’s site visit marked a significant milestone for the site. Our thanks go to all at Matrix Networks who have worked so incredibly hard over the past 12 months and beyond, to provide the connections we need.


"This was a complex, detailed brief to deliver which wouldn’t have been achieved so proficiently without the commitment of their expert team.”