Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is a rail-road intermodal freight terminal with an associated industrial warehouse park. It is the leading Strategic Rail Freight Terminal Interchange (SRFI) in the country.
DIRFT III is a massive expansion of the rail-hub site and will include around 15 new warehouses and logistics buildings, new roads and roundabouts, and an extension of the rail line serving the site.
Power On provided a 24MVA available load from the new primary substation to feed the DIRFT III commercial site, part of the 6,200-plot residential development, and the commercial sustainable urban extension. It also has the responsibility for the ongoing 11kV build-out for these schemes until 2030.
A 14.5km cable route had to be installed with over 11km along the A5. This included 15 directional drills and extensive night-time working from the delivery team at Power On to minimise disruption to road users.
Power On’s close working relationship with Prologis and Urban & Civic enabled the smooth-running of the process from beginning to end. The whole project took just 54 weeks from start of off-site excavation to energisation.