Case Study

Supporting National Grid


The best route from A to B is sometimes via sea

When a National Grid transformer in Wiltshire suffered a critical failure, it had to be replaced as quickly as possible – but the route from A to B was not straightforward.

A strategic spare transformer was on hand at the National Grid’s spares’ centre in Bedfordshire. This presented various challenges: complex highways’ routing, weak bridges, and other structures en route that would be problematic. Our multi-disciplined team’s experience came to the fore.

  • Our solution was to take the unit from Bedforshire straight to Tilbury Docks – making use of a maintained heavy load route we know well.
  • Our experienced project managers know the UK road systems, and we have the direct relationships to secure special order permits quickly.
  • From Tilbury Docks, we shipped the new transformer to Avonmouth – the nearest seaport to the substation.

Finally – recommending an approach to reduce the impact on local road infrastructure – we moved the transformer from the port to the substation, over a period of two weekends. Usually, a project like this would take six months or more to plan – but we completed this project in just six weeks…


“Our team’s planning skills and innovative approach meant we found the best possible solution – delivering under tight time pressures for our clients Hyundai and National Grid.”
John O'Connor – Commercial Director, Osprey

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