Gateshead Energy Company

Gateshead has possibly one of the most iconic and eye catching energy centres around with it’s bright pink décor, and is a flag ship project in the North East of England.

PPSL have completed two contracts to date, connecting buildings to the existing Logstor network which was initially installed back in 2015. The first of which in 2017 was to connect a high rise block of flats called Regents Court. PPSL worked alongside a principle contractor to install a new run of Logstor steel pre insulated pipe with fusion welded joints, and connect to an existing set of pre insulated valves already installed ready for the connection.

The PPSL team developed the route , undertook expansion and contraction calculations, updated the existing alarm drawings, supplied the products, undertook the welding and HDPE jointing, as well as testing and making live the new pipe under PPSL project management. The project was delivered on time and within the quoted budget.

The successful installation lead to PPSL being successful in securing the second new connection at Gateshead which was a new high rise office block developed on the border of the Baltic Business Quarter.

On this project PPSL were engaged during the design phase and worked with the client to develop a viable route, which overcame a range of site constraints due to the various level changes once inside the boundary of the new development.

PPSL produced the construction drawings and cross sections, including planning of the service coordination and also undertook the civils element of the project, suppling and installation the Logstor pre insulated pipework.

The most viable connection was via a live hot tap into the existing mains so as to not disrupt any of the buildings already on the network. PPSL successfully completed the live hot tap and main road crossing in two halves, including all the traffic management and highways before continuing the install through the Wilmott Dixon site to the energy centre.

The road involved is a busy road and the connection was directly outside the main entrance to Gateshead College. The project management team did an excellent job of liaising with all the local stakeholders, and ensuing the site was secure at all times and that the works had no direct impact on the college or it’s students

Once complete PPSL undertook the commissioning of the pipework inline with BSRIA standards and ensured the system was fully operational and connected to the existing on site leak detection system.

As with many projects unforeseen and unchartered services added to the complexity, resulting in changes in the materials required, and also temporary works designs. PPSL’s project and H&S teams ensured that all risks were appropriately managed out or suitably controlled to keep the programme on track and within budget, by using the contingency materials allocate to the project to over come the challenges faced.