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Leisure area reopens after £20m substation upgrade

The roof above a major electricity substation in Pimlico has been given a makeover as part of a major upgrade.

From Press releases - 25 July 2014 12:00 AM

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The roof above a major electricity substation in Pimlico has been given a makeover as part of a major upgrade.

UK Power Networks, which owns and manages the electricity distribution network for London as well as the South-East and East Anglia, spent £20 million over six years redeveloping its Moreton Street substation.

The project involved replacing equipment which was coming to the end of its useful life as well as ensuring the substation can cope with the ever-increasing demand for electricity for many years to come.

The rooftop space, which is now home to a multi-sports pitch, allotments and an education area, was officially opened earlier this month although the area, which was closed for a decade, has been in use since the spring.

Brad Foicik was the senior project manager for UK Power Networks. He said: “We have been very grateful to the community for their patience and understanding while the works were completed. I’m delighted with the result and am happy the residents are pleased with it too.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for us to provide facilities for the community while refurbishing our site. There were some significant challenges to overcome but we’ve done it to the satisfaction of all concerned.”

The rooftop space forms part of the Lillington and Longmoore Gardens, managed by housing provider CityWest Homes. After being landscaped, the area is now home to a multi-sports pitch which residents can use to play football, basketball and tennis. There’s a storytelling space for toddlers as well as 26 allotments. The area is free for locals to use and is open Monday to Saturday, all-year round.

Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme at UK Power Networks, said: “This essential project represents a major investment in maintaining and improving the energy infrastructure in the Pimlico and Westminster areas for the foreseeable future.

“UK Power Networks is determined to provide a reliable supply of electricity and this project is part of our commitment.”

There was no interruption to electricity supplies while the major project was undertaken.

UK Power Networks is constantly working to improve the performance of its network and to meet future needs for power. Since it was formed in 2010, UK Power Networks has invested more than £500 million a year in its networks.

The revamped area was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Audrey Lewis, on July 5. Residents enjoyed a community picnic, sports, storytelling and entertainers. The event also coincided with the estate’s 50th anniversary.