Galliford Try - Chase Park

Two local authorities. One housing development that straddled both. And an electrical installation that changed depending on which side of the boundary we were working on.

The challenge

Chase Park comprises 158 homes built by developer Galliford Try on the site of Ellesmere Port’s old greyhound stadium. It was originally devised as a private development intended to be built over a four year period. When plans changed, however, two local authorities bought half the site each, and timescales for completion halved.

 Both councils had different specifications for their half of the site. So completing the electrical installations meant working to two different sets of specifications on identical and sometimes neighbouring builds.

The work

Key aspects

Switching specs: Depending on their position in relation to the local borough boundary, a property could have one type of consumer unit, sockets and switches laid out to one design specification on one side of the boundary, and an entirely different set of materials and positions on the other side. For properties close to the boundary, it was particularly important to ensure that each home received the correct specification.

 

True fibre: Most ‘fibre’ broadband services in the UK are only delivered as fibre to the exchange. The connection from exchange to home continues to use copper cable. But not on Chase Park, one of the country’s first true fibre sites. Optic fibre is extremely delicate and prone to stretching and snapping. It can’t be pulled through ducting in the same way that copper can, so we worked closely with utility provider BT to ensure that each installation of cable and router matched BT’s requirements.

Results

We completed work within the required two years, and we are delighted to be working with Galliford Try on another project, won on the back of our success at Chase Park.

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