The UK’s Largest Electrical Energy Storage System, Leighton Buzzard - Projects - MLM
The UK’s Largest Electrical Energy Storage System, Leighton Buzzard - Projects - MLM
The UK’s Largest Electrical Energy Storage System, Leighton Buzzard - Projects - MLM

The UK’s Largest Electrical Energy Storage System, Leighton Buzzard

Project Information
  • Location
  • Bedfordshire
  • Sector
  • Energy Generation
  • Services
  • Infrastructure, Building Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Energy Infrastructure
  • Value
  • £17.2m

Leighton Buzzard had been identified as an area where electrical demand could exceed the available supply during peak periods. The traditional way to address this would be to increase the cable capacity to the nearest Grid substation which for Leighton Buzzard is approximately 20km away.

A number of Electrical Energy Storage facilities have now been constructed around the globe and UK Power Networks decided that the circumstances of Leighton Buzzard made it an ideal site for such a facility.

UK Power Networks owned a piece of land adjacent to the existing Primary but it was within a Zone 3 flood plain (the highest risk of flooding). We proposed that the floor level of the building be elevated above floor level such that all plant would be above floor level. The space below the building could be used for flood storage and had the benefit of eliminating confined space issues prevalent in cable basements. A Flood Risk Assessment was prepared and approved by the Environment Agency.

MLM prepared the civil and structural designs for the facility together with providing support for the Planning Application, including the preparation of a Transportation Assessment as the facility is located within a residential area. MLM also undertook the site investigation and prepared the Geotechnical report.

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