Fastflow Site, Little Stanney

Fastflow Group to deliver key PRS upgrade for Cadent

Leading utility specialist Fastflow Group, a subsidiary of United Living Infrastructure Services, has been chosen to rebuild a key Pressure Reduction Station (PRS) in North London, keeping the energy flowing safely and reliably for many generations.

On behalf of gas giant, Cadent, the c. £4 million project has seen the existing Tottenham Holder Station demolished, with the new PRS set to be constructed off Albany Road, Tottenham.

Once operational, the facility’s job will be to adjust gas pressure enabling it to be fed into the local gas distribution network to supply thousands of homes, businesses and community facilities.

The scheme also involves replacing ageing pipes with tough new pipes, ensuring better connectivity and improved resilience of the gas network.

The PRS rebuild forms part of the broader redevelopment of the area, supporting the £6 billion Meridian Water scheme that will deliver over 10,000 homes and thousands of new jobs in Enfield over the next 20 years.

As well as supporting the delivery of new homes and jobs, the PRS rebuild will take place on a ‘clean construction site’, with minimal CO2 emissions and noise pollution, helping to drive a low carbon economy, support a green recovery and help deliver the UK’s clean growth strategy.

Several innovative technologies are to be employed on-site to reduce carbon emissions, including trialing a Hydrogen fuel cell, zero-emission temporary welfare units, hybrid machinery, HVO fuel, Green Concrete, battery-powered hand tools, electric vehicles, and solar panel lighting towers.

The predicted CO2 saving over the construction phase is a massive 274.45T/CO2e, a significant reduction compared to a traditional construction site helping Cadent work towards its Net Zero ambitions.

The plan is to complete the construction part of the rebuild programme by mid-2022.

Andrew Hejdner, Senior Project Manager, Cadent Capital Delivery, said: “Cadent has a longstanding relationship with Fastflow and it’s great to see both the engineering and sustainability challenges being addressed in a collaborative way with passion and enthusiasm. Decarbonising construction is a dilemma the whole industry faces and some of the initiatives being deployed at the Tottenham project will showcase what is possible. Over a short space of time I’m hopeful this technology will become business as usual meaning we can really make inroads into reducing our carbon footprint.”

Benn Cottrell, Managing Director, Fastflow Group | United Living Infrastructure Services, said: “We’re pleased to have been chosen by Cadent for this exciting project and bring our engineering expertise to help secure safe gas supplies for years to come. Taking on this vital installation with its specific challenges is a project our team is looking forward to. We’re already getting started on the planning to deliver safely and efficiently for Cadent.

“The construction and infrastructure industry traditionally use a significant amount of energy to deliver critical projects shaping the communities in which we live. To counteract this, it is our responsibility to modernise the energy consumption approach and help reduce carbon emissions from our operations.

“While creating energy-efficient buildings and infrastructure is key, it’s just as important to reduce the impact on the environment during the construction of these buildings. With solutions such as hydrogen fuel cells, hybrid machinery, clean, renewable fuel, we can improve our sustainability practices and the impact construction sites have on the environment, as our industry strives towards meeting its carbon reduction targets”.

Cadent is the UK’s biggest gas network. It ensures gas reaches more than 11 million customers, by maintaining and upgrading networks that include more than 80,000 miles of pipes, with new connections added every day. Placed end to end, that amount would already stretch more than three times around the world.