Islington gets £10m boost to support community regeneration

A £10 million project in Islington that is the biggest enterprise of its kind to be delivered in London for 20 years – and enables new jobs and communities to thrive – is nearing completion.

UK Power Networks has finished work on a new substation which is the key to unlocking extra electrical capacity in Islington and its surrounding areas.

The electricity firm entered into a construction agreement with National Grid to provide extra power supplies through new circuits at its Highbury site. This involved the demolition of an older electricity supply point to allow space for a new smaller substation in a newly-developed urban area.

It is the first step of UK Power Networks’ strategy for North London, which will mean it can decommission older electricity cabling between Hackney-Holloway-Shoreditch and move into a new era with state-of-the-art equipment for the future.

Andrew White, project manager at UK Power Networks, comments: “Thousands of people in the area now rely on this part of our network for a safe, efficient and reliable electricity supply. This was a great example of cross-company teamwork and stakeholder engagement, and a true representation of how we work with partners to develop, evolve and deliver projects within agreed cost and time frames.”

UK Power Networks keeps the electricity flowing for 2.3 million London properties including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. With more than 10 million people due to be living in London by 2030, the firm is making sure the electricity network is ready for the future.

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