Our work to create new electricity capacity for low-carbon homes at one of the UK’s largest brownfield renewal schemes – Liverpool Festival Gardens – has started.
We are delivering this investment as part of our suite of Green Recovery Projects, which will see over £60 million invested in our energy distribution network to help accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero.
This ambitious urban renewal scheme on the bank of the River Mersey is being brought forward by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Homes England. It will transform the former home of the UK’s first ever International garden festival (launched by Queen Elizabeth II in 1984) with 1,500 new low carbon homes, heat pumps and EV charging facilities, as well as a new outdoor green space.
Our work involves installing a new electricity substation at Festival Gardens to provide the electrical capacity needed for this project. We will then connect this substation to our electricity network by installing a new underground cable route to an existing substation on Dingle Road.
We are starting work to install the cable route on Riverside Drive, before moving to the junction to Promenade Gardens, and then on to Dingle Road. This will involve digging a trench, installing cable ducts and filling in the trench. The work will be completed in sections, and each trench will be filled before we move on to the next section. This will help us to minimise disruption and limit activity to smaller areas at different points throughout the work.
Either temporary two-way or three-way traffic lights will also be in place along Promenade Gardens for the duration of the work, which we expect to complete before the end of this year.
Once complete, this ambitious, low carbon development project will help achieve the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s commitment to become a zero-carbon region by 2040.
If you have any questions about our work at Festival Gardens, please contact the Green Recovery Investment team on 0800 860 6269 (between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday) or by emailing SPM-GreenRecovery@spenergynetworks.co.uk
To see all street works being carried out by us and other companies in the area, real-time updates are available at: https://one.network/