Powering Progress: How Aptus is Redefining Electricity Connections in the UK

The landscape of electricity connections in the United Kingdom is in a state of flux, driven by technological advancements, regulatory changes, and increasing demands for sustainability. Aptus is at the forefront of this transformation, offering a blend of efficiency, sustainability, and comprehensive service delivery. 

A case in point is our work on a commercial and residential development in Lytham St Annes, which serves as a microcosm of our broader capabilities and approach to multi-utility provision.


Delivery to Tight Timescales

In the utility sector, time is often equated with money. Delays can result in significant financial repercussions, including contractual penalties and increased operational costs. In the Lytham St Annes project, we demonstrated our commitment to both efficiency and reliability. We designed and installed an electricity substation that was not just a component but a linchpin for the development’s entire power infrastructure.

Moreover, we provided interim supply solutions, a critical aspect often overlooked, to ensure that the construction process remained on schedule. This involved temporary power setups that allowed construction activities to proceed without interruption. Our ability to manage these complex tasks within a constrained timeframe is not just a service feature; it’s a core competency that sets Aptus apart in the utility sector.


A Holistic Approach for Design and Installation

Utility provision is not a one-size-fits-all operation. Each project has its unique challenges and requirements, necessitating a tailored approach. In Lytham St Annes, we took a comprehensive approach to utility provision. We designed the electricity connections and managed the installation of multi-utility services, including gas and water, for domestic and commercial premises.

Our strategic planning went beyond the basic utility connections. We incorporated street lighting designs that enhanced the community’s aesthetic value and safety. Safety is a non-negotiable aspect of community development, and our lighting solutions were designed to meet this critical need. Additionally, we installed extra infrastructure to meet various on-site requirements, including Section 278, which are essential for public highway modifications. This integrated approach ensures that all utility-related aspects of a project are coordinated, providing a seamless experience for developers and residents alike.


The Substation: A Dual-Purpose Structure

Substations are often critical components of any large-scale development. The substation we constructed for the Lytham St Annes development was unique in that it served a dual purpose. It housed equipment for both the electricity network owners and the supermarket’s electrical systems, a feature that maximises utility while minimising spatial requirements.

We conducted rigorous pre-commissioning tests before the substation became operational to ensure all systems met the required standards. We also executed the final High Voltage (HV) connection joints, a critical step that ensured a seamless transition to the new infrastructure. This meticulous attention to detail guarantees that the utility services are installed and perfectly calibrated for immediate and long-term use.


The Future of Electricity Connections

The utility sector is evolving, and Aptus is at the forefront of this change. We are setting new standards for electricity connections in the UK by focusing on efficiency, sustainability, and comprehensive service delivery. 

By integrating advanced technology with sustainable practices, we are shaping a future where utility provision meets the demands of modern suburban development in a smart, green, and customer-centric manner.


Power Your Development with Aptus

Aptus is more than just another multi-utility provider. Our work in Lytham St Annes stands as a testament to our commitment to efficiency, sustainability, and customer satisfaction. If you’re interested in leveraging this level of expertise for your own project, speak to our team of experts.

For more information, you can refer to the existing case study for Lytham St Annes here.

Published on 25th September 2023

Adrian Cunningham

Adrian Cunningham

Technical Manager

Adrian Cunningham leads the Technical Management division at Aptus, specialising in Electrical Engineering within the Street Lighting & Utilities sector. He has demonstrated expertise in Electrical Estimating, Electrical Design, Contract Management, and Project Planning.

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