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.

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