ABB completes electrical infrastructure for Maidstone’s £100 million flagship shopping centre

2005-05-26 - New connections expertise saves developer over £50,000 on £350,000 electrical infrastructure contract. Contract was completed in less time than originally scheduled.

ABB has completed the installation of a complete power infrastructure on Maidstone’s new £100 million shopping centre development, Fremlin Walk. The electrical contract covers the entire high and low voltage network including connecting to the local electricity network, installation of substations, cabling and civil engineering work associated with the project. ABB’s contract is worth around £350,000 and the company estimates that this constitutes a saving of £50,000 on the alternative new connection solution.

Fremlin Walk covers an area of 32,500 square metres and when fully occupied will have 50 stores including a large, House of Fraser, department store. In addition, the centre offers extensive car parking and easy access despite its position right in the heart of Maidstone.

The new development has been built by Miller Construction Ltd acting as main contractor for site the developers, a consortium including Land Securities and Maidstone Borough Council. The development is on a site which was until recently derelict land, formerly the site of an old brewery. Construction work began in March 2003.

Fast track installation

Apart from its technical and engineering expertise, ABB’s major contribution has been speed. The company was on site in early January and by the end of February had installed the necessary substation, cabling and equipment to provide power for the opening of the House of Fraser.

The rest of the work, including a total of eight package substations and a total of more than 4,000 metres of cable was completed by mid May.

Fremlin Walk was opened to the public in early March with retailers progressively occupying units over the following weeks.

The electrical infrastructure with its eight package substations includes two high voltage connections to the local network, one at each end of the site. The network is designed to supply an overall load of 5.6 MvA.

ABB estimates that its expertise as a new connections supplier has saved the developer more than £50,000 compared with buying the service directly from the local DNO (distribution network operator).

According to Kenny Rogers, Miller Construction’s project manager, 'I don’t think we would have completed on time had ABB not been involved. They really pulled out all the stops to get things done.'

Tim Pope, ABB’s project manager says, 'the construction timeframe and site constraints were extremely challenging. ABB completed its work in a considerably shorter time than was provided in the original programme.'

Company background

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 103,000 people.

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