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 awarded a 2-star accreditation and recognised as ‘Outstanding’ in its commitment to workplace engagement, in the 2019 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ survey.

The accreditation has been awarded based on feedback provided by the Company’s employees and is the second highest of four levels of workplace engagement, representing organisations which are striving for the top.

Surveys were issued earlier this year by Best Companies to Matrix Networks’ employees based at its three offices in Northampton, Slough and Warrington. The results of this feedback, which were received from 76% of invitees, were then considered alongside information gathered about the business, to determine an overall Best Companies Index (BCI) score.

BCI scores generated through the process are compiled by Best Companies and ranked for inclusion in ‘The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ lists, to be published in the new year

“This is the first time we’ve taken part in a national employee engagement survey and we’re immensely proud to have achieved a 2-star accreditation,” said Rob Sparkes, Matrix Networks Managing Director. “As we said in our submission, we employ people who have the right skills to do the job, but it’s equally important that they’re a good match for the culture of our business.

“We like to think we’re a good company to work for, so it’s nice to know our employees agree and so does this national accreditation body.”

Matrix Networks will have to wait until the new year to find out if it’s successfully made it on to either the regional or national Best Companies to Work For lists. The results are due to be published in The Sunday Times and other partnering media outlets in February 2019.

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.

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