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Utility installation underway at Berewood development

13 Nov 12 Utility contractor GTC has been appointed as the installer for the gas and electricity infrastructure on the Berewood housing development near Waterlooville in Hampshire.

The Berewood site near Waterlooville
The Berewood site near Waterlooville

Construction work on the site, which has plans for 2,550 new homes, begins this month

The land is being made ready by developer Grainger, which is then selling areas of fully-serviced land to housebuilders for new homes

The developer says that these fully-serviced land deals offer economies of scale and it can be more convenient for housebuilders to purchase ready-serviced sites.

Grainger development project manager Chris Fletcher said: “There are commercial benefits to securing the gas and electricity services to development land, alongside or even before the homes are built. It enables us to add value to the land and reduce the utilities procurement faced by the house builder. The work being carried out to provide the utilities infrastructure at Berewood is complex and wide-reaching. By contracting an expert like GTC to fulfil the whole installation before dividing up the land, the task is efficient, cost effective and lower risk. We were impressed by GTC’s performance record and emphasis on customer service.”   

At Berewood, GTC – a subsidiary of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners – has been contracted by Grainger to provide the gas and electricity connections for 2,500 domestic homes, and 13 commercial plots, including two schools, a medical centre, retail and community facilities. The new electricity network will require GTC to install 18 substations and 3 points of high voltage connection to the upstream network.

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