These remain challenging times for everyone in construction, but thanks to the vaccination programme roll-out there is some cause for optimism that 2021 will eventually see a bounce in the economy and a return to more normal operations for housebuilders and industrial and commercial developers.
As one of Britain’s most agile and innovative utility network construction businesses, our focus at Energy Assets Utilities (EAU) has been on supporting housebuilders and commercial and industrial developers through the pandemic, so that we are all in the best possible shape to build back better.
Through our COVID business continuity planning and our state-of-the-art project management, we have been able to develop safer and smarter ways of delivering our end-to-end ‘mains to meter’ ICP and UIP accredited design and construction services. Our commitment is always ‘on time and on budget’ and this has laid the foundation for significant recent gas, electricity, water and fibre network project and contract successes. For example…
- We designed and constructed a fast-turnround gas network for Morgan Sindall as part of a £1bn regeneration scheme in Liverpool, completing the project three months ahead of schedule despite coronavirus restrictions. This work paves the way for a world leading health sciences innovation hub in the city.
- In Edinburgh, we brought gas, electricity and water to a constrained listed building site to help CALA Homes convert the former Boroughmuir High School into 104 high end apartments.
- British Gas has confirmed the renewal of its long-standing partnership with Energy Assets Utilities for the construction of gas networks serving new build housing schemes and regeneration projects. Working on behalf of British Gas, EAU lays on average around 80,000 metres of gas infrastructure mains and connects approximately 4,500 new service connections and meters each year. EAU covers the largest single geographic area among the three utility construction service providers partnering with British Gas and has also completed more than 100 dual fuel (gas/ electricity) schemes for its customers.
These achievements underline EAU’s credentials as one of Britain’s most progressive multi-utility network design and construction businesses. Now we are building on our 15-year track record to grow our customer base and our geographic reach in every part of the country.
For EAU, build back better means building back stronger to take advantage of new opportunities. This includes serving a strong pipeline of design and construction projects for renewable and embedded generation grid connections, such as gas peaking plants, solar and wind farms, battery storage and hybrid variations. We’re also active in building the EV charging infrastructure and ultra-fast broadband networks that will be vital in driving the green revolution on the road to net zero.
Hand in hand with our future-focused, low carbon strategy is investment in exceptional talent. Our Group board now includes Luca Sutera as Chief Financial Officer, who brings global energy industry experience and market leading commercial acumen to the transition to renewables and electrification.
So, as we look ahead, it’s easy to see why we are excited about our plans to build back better. We’ve got the vision, the people, the resources and the capability. We’re looking forward to sharing the journey together.
Craig Topley, Group Managing Director (Construction)