Independent Connections Provider (ICP) Matrix Networks has been contracted by developer Roxhill via main contractor Buckingham Group, to design and install the electrical services connection to bring the new £182m Gateway South commercial park in Coventry to life.

The announcement follows hot on the heels of Matrix Networks’ successful completion of the multi-utility infrastructure works for the prestigious SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway in Leicestershire last month, also for Roxhill.

With work already starting on site, the ICP’s brief is to design and build a Primary Substation to provide electricity on the 200-acre development which surrounds Coventry Airport. Matrix will be designing and installing electrical infrastructure to bring a 33kV electrical supply into the Park, providing a load of 20MVA to power the commercial units located across both the northern and southern sections of the development.

Commenting on the new contract, Matrix Networks Managing Director, Rob Sparkes, said: “Gateway South is more than a contract win, its repeat business from a valued client, with whom we’ve developed a positive, long-term relationship.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate once again, how important collaborative working is for the successful delivery of utility infrastructure projects. And, over the next 12 months, our experienced team will work with Roxhill and their other development partners, to ensure we communicate, integrate and deliver ‘power on’ to bring Gateway South to life on time.”

Previous contracts between Matrix Networks and Roxhill include Gateway Peterborough, a 180-acre distribution and manufacturing park at Junction 17 of the A1(M), and Kettering Gateway, a 90-acre business park with mixed use at Junction 10 of the A14.

Martin Eckersall, Infrastructure Director, Roxhill added: “Cost and programme certainty are two of our most important considerations when procuring utility contracts. Matrix Networks has consistently provided this for us, over a significant period of time and I’m pleased to be working with them to deliver Gateway South.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

On Friday 27th July, Independent Connections Provider Matrix Networks held an official ‘kettle switching on’ ceremony to mark the completion of its utility infrastructure works at the SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway at M1 Junction 24.

The event was attended by key project personnel from 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 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.

Commenting on the project completion, Matrix Networks Managing Director, Rob Sparkes, said: “SEGRO Logistics Park – East Midlands Gateway is a significant project both regionally and nationally. From our initial conversations around contract and design, through to installation and ‘power on’, I’m proud of the professionalism, commitment and passion the Matrix Networks team has shown. Throughout the project, we’ve worked to respect the wishes of our client and have delivered our brief ahead of schedule, without risk to them and on budget. We aim to exceed our customers’ expectations through uncompromised service and delivery, and I hope through bringing this development to life, we’ve achieved that.”

Matrix Networks has a long-standing, positive relationship with Roxhill and was appointed for this flagship development based on its past success on multi-utility contracts. Senior Development Director, Kate Bedson added: “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.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

Matrix Networks has been selected as a finalist in the Specialist Contractor of the Year (Turnover up to £25m) category of the 2019 Construction News Specialist Awards, making the shortlist from among a fantastic number of entrants.

The Independent Connections Provider made the shortlist based on a written submission and supporting evidence which was reviewed by a panel of experts earlier in the autumn. The Company will now take part in the second part of the judging process – a face-to-face interview by members of a jury which include some of the most influential clients and industry experts in the UK.

Commenting on the company’s finalist status, Matrix Networks Managing Director, Rob Sparkes, said: “Being shortlisted as Specialist Contractor of the Year is down to our employees. They’re the ones who work hard to nurture our client relationships, delivering often complex multi-utility infrastructure contracts to bring some of the UK’s most significant developments to life.

“This is the first time we’ve been singled out as a potential award-winner and right across the business, we’ve enjoyed hearing how so many of our industry peers and clients agree our finalist status with Construction News, is well deserved.”

Now in their 15th year, the Specialists Awards are both highly regarded and well established within the construction industry and this year, all firms shortlisted will also qualify for entry into a new category –  ‘Outstanding Contribution to Construction’, at the main Construction News Awards in July.

The winners of the Specialist Awards will be announced on 27th March 2019 at a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, where the industry’s elite will join together for a night of entertainment, celebration and networking.

The full list of finalists and more information can be found at: https://specialistsawards.constructionnews.co.uk/shortlist-2019

Work has now started on site for utility infrastructure provider Matrix Networks to install gas and electricity connections for Prologis Park Hams Hall at Junction 9 of the M42 in Coleshill, Warwickshire.

Matrix Networks, an Independent Connections Provider (ICP) was awarded the work by main contractor Winvic earlier this year. They will be responsible for the design and installation of the new high voltage electricity and gas services required to bring this manufacturing and distribution park development to life.

Following remediation works from the site’s previous use as a power generation plant, utility infrastructure will be one of the next major components to be completed. Matrix Networks has scoped its work for ‘power on’ by September 2018 – which is a restricted timescale for a project of this scale but, because the ICP is responsible for both the gas and electricity installations, with service connections being provided by sister company, UK Power Distribution, they have been able to provide Winvic with a single point of contact from which to manage multi-utility connections, enabling clear communication and flexibility, as well as cost and programme certainty.

Nayan Mehta, Matrix Networks Account Manager, said: “We have a wealth of experience delivering multi-utility contracts for distribution parks, but every project and client is unique. For Hams Hall, we’ve been tasked with delivering a significant contract within a tight timeframe. But, because our client Winvic has worked with us before, they know we’ll resource and manage the project appropriately, to ensure it’s completed safely, on brief and on time.”

Matrix Networks will install two main substations, two pad-mounted transformers for local street lighting, plus two gas governors. The connection point for the 8MVA electricity supply is located 700m off site at a local primary substation and the medium pressure gas connection, 300m off site.

Kenny Cockrell, Winvic project manager, added: “Matrix Networks provides a single solution for all utility requirements, from tender through to delivery, including detailed designs, installations, legal support and commissioning. Their flexible approach helps us to meet the needs of our clients – which can change significantly through our projects.”

Marketed as the ‘final significant development opportunity within the manufacturing and distribution park of Hams Hall’, three or four units totalling 886,980 sq ft of commercial space will make up the total Prologis development. Hams Hall is located close to major air, rail and road transport routes and a stone’s throw from premises occupied by world-leading automotive and logistics companies, making it one of the most attractive commercial bases currently available in the UK.

“We’re delighted to be bringing forward this brownfield site and putting it back into productive use,” said Alan Sarjant from Prologis UK. “There is a shortage of power for industrial users in the West Midlands region so it’s good news that this site has the potential to provide more power for customers, if required.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

Matrix Networks has launched a new campaign to help make site safety information accessible and understandable for its employees and those who work with them.

Called ‘10 Golden Rules’, Matrix Networks has developed briefing materials and new eye-catching site posters featuring 10 bespoke icons depicting its ‘Golden Rules’ for working safely on site. The icons have been designed to also be used across everyday site materials such as mugs, folders and pens, so that they become easily-recognisable and memorable.

By taking this approach, Matrix Networks wants to help its employees working on sites nationwide, as well as its subcontractors and clients, to be aware of the Company’s commitment to maintaining safe work environments. Its aim is to ensure no one is being put at any unnecessary risk as they go about their work.

Matrix Networks’ 10 Golden Rules are:

  1. Always follow our Safe Systems of Work protocol
  2. Make sure your site is kept secure at all times
  3. No drugs or alcohol are allowed on site
  4. Keep your working areas clean and tidy
  5. Be responsible for ensuring your plant and equipment are safe to use
  6. Look after your vehicle and drive safely
  7. Protect the environment and manage waste responsibly
  8. Report any issues as soon as you can
  9. Always wear the right PPE
  10. Remember mobile phones are not to be used on site, unless it’s an emergency.

Davina Reilly, Matrix Networks’ SHEQ manager, said: “Construction sites are hazardous and unpredictable environments. While it’s important for site workers to keep up to date with the latest health and safety legislation, we’ve identified these 10 fundamental safety rules which help to ensure that key safety requirements are always front of mind.

“Our 10 Golden Rules have been developed by talking to those who are working on site every day – understanding what they feel is important to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. We then combined this research with the requirements we know are essential for compliance to our accredited bodies, before arriving our set of Golden Rules.”

Matrix Networks’ SHEQ team will monitor awareness levels of the 10 Golden Rules over the coming months to see how they’re being received and adopted by site workers – as well as listening to ideas around further ways to improve safety and communication with its site workers nationwide.

Matrix Networks is accredited under Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes as well as CHAS and Altius.

Independent utility infrastructure provider Matrix Networks, has completed a project for the Greater London Authority (GLA) which will see food waste turned into renewable energy by ReFood Ltd in Dagenham, east London.

Contracted to design, install and commission a system which would bring essential gas supplies into the new recycling plant, Matrix Networks completed the connection at the end of 2017.

Their work has helped enable ReFood to convert food waste into renewable energy and nutrient-rich bio-fertiliser and, in doing so, divert up to a staggering 60,000 tonnes per year of London’s food waste away from landfill.

Matrix Networks was commissioned by the GLA’s infrastructure project manager, Turner & Townsend, to provide a gas supply connection for SARIA / ReFood Ltd, Europe’s leading processor and recycler of animal by-products and waste food. The utility specialist started by laying and connecting the initial mains gas pipes for Cadent, the distribution network operator, then in 2016 was contracted to return to the project as the Principal Contractor, responsible for the completion of the gas connection, coordinating with other contractors working on the site.

Located within the Mayor of London’s London Sustainable Industries Park, ReFood Dagenham is London’s largest anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting plant using entirely food waste. As a cutting-edge facility, regular VIP visits were scheduled during its construction – something which Matrix Networks accommodated without interfering with the programme of works taking place across the development site.

Colin Lymer, Matrix Networks Operations Manager – South, said: “This project was significant for all involved. It was our first contract for the Mayor’s property development company which is creating London’s first clean-tech business park on land acquired and retained by the Mayor. From our initial works through to completion we assigned an experienced team to the project and, as Principal Contractor in 2017, we took our responsibilities extremely seriously, respecting the investment made in this directly delivered public venture.”

ReFood turns waste food into a bio-fertiliser and into a bio-gas (methane) by using an advanced AD system. During this process large amounts of heat and biogas are generated. The biogas is exported at the right calorific content into the National Grid’s Intermediate Pressure (IP) gas network nearby, whilst the remaining liquids are turned into a bio-fertiliser for agricultural use.

Bill Harris, Turner & Townsend Associate Director, added: “Matrix Networks was recommended to us as a capable provider in the utility infrastructure sector. This was a high-profile project, and I commend the team for delivering the gas connection with the minimum of fuss and with the utmost professionalism. Any questions or issues we had were dealt with straightaway and I looking forward to working with them again, possibly on a later phase of the commercial park, in the near future.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility independent connections provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants.