£5m scheme to light up City of London skyscrapers


UK Power Networks’ engineers are working on a £5million project to power the next skyscrapers on the City of London’s famous skyline.

Britain’s biggest electricity distributor is jointly investing in a power upgrade with developers to double the power capacity of an electricity substation which will enable further growth in the financial district.

Engineers are adding additional capacity equivalent to powering an additional 27,000 homes via the electricity network, which serves the Bishopsgate and Moorgate area of London.

The extra energy capacity will support economic development in the part of London known for buildings such as The Gherkin, Cheesegrater and Walkie Talkie.

A trio of new transformers, weighing over 100 tonnes each, will play a crucial role by stepping down the voltage so it can be safely delivered on to further substations and customers.

Jonathon Peirce, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We are investing in new equipment to continue providing safe and reliable power supplies for existing and future customers, supporting further construction work in this exciting and dynamic part of London.

“The next generation of landmarks on the horizon will be powered by the investment we are making now to meet the area’s growing demand for power. It is a significant investment that will deliver wide benefits for the area for years to come.”