Three miles south of Bedford, Wixams covers an area of approximately 384 hectares and will eventually house a community of around 10,000 people, with the potential to expand to a population of around 15,000.
Wixams will represent the single largest development in the county and straddles the border between Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The settlement will include 25% affordable homes, employment land, schools, shops, generous landscaping and recreational space, including sports pitches, allotments, and community buildings.
Power On has provided a 20MVa available load from the new primary substation to feed the Wixams housing and commercial development. It is also responsible for an ongoing 11kV build-out as an extension of the electricity network connection. Particular challenges on the project included a directional drill, undertaken under a rail crossing. This required large-scale engineering input from multiple specialists. An enduring commercial relationship between Power On and Gallagher Estates enabled the delivery of a complex scheme in just 20 months from start of off-site excavation to energisation.