Shoreditch to plug in to £2.2m power network boost

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Electricity pylons in London. Photographer: Fin Fahey
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Electricity pylons in London. Photographer: Fin Fahey

A £2.2m power network upgrade is underway in Shoreditch to try to meet increasing electricity demand in the booming business area.

The work, which is being carried out by UK Power Networks, aims to improve power connections on the network and to increase the capacity and resilience of electricity supplies for residents and businesses.

It is being viewed as preparation for “significant development growth over the next decade in Shoreditch and surrounding areas such as Old Street”, according to Richard Leyden, the project manager.

“The work will better allow us to manage existing electricity demand, as well as enable us to meet the future needs of this changing part of London,” he said.

It comes after the completion in March of a 2.6km underground cable tunnel built by the company between the East End and the City.  Shoreditch will benefit when engineers construct a 14m deep cable shaft and 100 metre-long cable tunnel to connect it to the area’s main substation.

The investment at this site is part of a £360m development by UK Power Networks in London, the South East and the East of England this year.