Building the UK’s first rapid electric car charging station.
Netherlands-based company Fastned employed I & H Brown to design and construct the UK’s first electric rapid car-charging station in Sunderland. Acting as Principal Contractor, and in addition to substantial design work, the project involved dealing with all permit requirements, TTROs and assisting in closing out planning conditions with both the client and Sunderland City Council.
We oversaw traffic management, ground investigation works, site clearance, dealing with existing services, Section 278 works, earthworks, piling, in situ pile cap construction, drainage and ducting, design, and construction of substation. The project entailed many electrical works, including provision of switchgear and permanent CCTV, hard landscaping, installation of columns, canopies and solar panels, street lighting, and soft landscaping.
The site was a brown field development in the centre of Sunderland with numerous historical issues that threatened to complicate our proceedings. Unforeseen ground conditions meant we had to utilise a piled solution for the station which was designed by I & H Brown in conjunction with our piling specialist.
This was the UK’s first rapid electric car charging station, however, Fastned has installed these on the European mainland. The integration of a European system design proved particularly challenging, especially in aligning the different electrical regulations. This led to numerous iterations of design to ensure the client’s vision was met whilst remaining compliant with UK standards, providing an innovative blueprint for all future schemes of this type.