Princes Gate Retail Park

Client:Kier Construction
Sector:Industrial and Commercial
Large building on a retail park on the left, with a road and car park on the right.

The Project

Providing the electrical connections for a retail park on an active army garrison was never going to be straight-forward.

Kier Construction needed a utilities connection company that could meet the demands of notable high-street retailers and leisure providers, as well as multiple contractors, and the British Army. Power On was able to meet the challenge. Princes Gate is a major retail development comprising 23 shops, restaurants and bars, a multi-screen Empire cinema, 60-bed Premier Inn Hotel and a 345-space car park. It is located within Catterick Garrison, a military town in North Yorkshire and the largest British Army garrison, which is still expanding and is expected to house 25,000 troops.

Making Connections

Power On provided a looped HV connection to the existing 11kV network infrastructure, to three new substations and to 26 individual LV-metered supplies. The total installation comprised around 1km of HV cable and over 1.2km of LV cable. The connection capacity was assessed at 2727kW at maximum daytime usage.

  • Electricity

Power On provided three new substations and on-site HV/LV infrastructure to serve a new hotel, cinema and retail spaces at Catterick Princes Gate. They supported us throughout from tender to delivery and provided a professional service to ensure supplies were energised on time and achieved all the necessary approvals.

Steve Ball,Building Services Manager, Kier Construction
Premier Inn hotel with a coffee shop attached. The coffee shop has an outdoor seating area on the concrete courtyard to the front.

Complex Requirements

With prominent high-street names already signed up to let units within the retail park and a joint venture between the main contractor and the military, this was a complex and significant project. Power On has a long-standing relationship with Kier Construction and both parties were confident of meeting delivery dates.

Legal Logistics

There were complexities within the legal transaction, with some non-standard clauses requested in the engrossment document. Power On remained flexible wherever possible and agreements were reached so that the work could be completed by the time the Royal Engineers returned from their tour of Afghanistan.