CASE STUDY

Seamless gas connections and meter management for London Square’s luxury residential development

Enhancing comfort and convenience with reliable gas supply for a prestigious residential project.

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Background

Over the last six years, award-winning property development company, London Square, has worked regularly with Stark Works on major gas connection projects in and around London. The relationship between the two organisations has proven to be the key to success.

They now have numerous multi-million-pound developments in the capital, creating much-needed new homes and communities.

The project

The latest London Square project with Stark Works is a 104 mixed unit residential development of luxury apartments and houses, at Walton-on-Thames, in Surrey. Stark Works was commissioned as a gas transporter as well as providing gas connections, meter installation and meter asset management for the entire site. As an IGT, Stark Works was able to quote based on asset value, making the price more advantageous to London Square.

Tony Kavanagh, Head of UtilitiesLondon Square

I’ve got every faith in them. They’ve never let me down on any of the jobs. Value engineering is what they give us, making sure we’re getting value for money and that it fits in with the budgets I have.

Tony Kavanagh, Head of UtilitiesLondon Square

If a project is a little more complicated, I would always go to Stark Works first. As well as the transportation and network installation, I like the fact they manage meter installations, connections and disconnections too.

10 phases

The work was scheduled in 10 phases beginning with the connection to the existing cast iron main in December 2020. Despite some delays because of COVID-19, Stark Works Senior Project Manager, Joanna Loxley, says things have gone smoothly because of the strength of the relationship between the two companies. “It’s about good communication,” she says, “They keep us updated and we keep them updated.”

Connection to the existing main, involved running a new 125mm low pressure main under the road and Stark Works had to apply to Surrey County Council for a road closure and this was factored into the cost of the project.

£2,000

saved by alternative solution to avoid red route charges

Open and honest

relationship to achieve the best outcomes

Well equipped for the future

At Stark Works, we are well-equipped for the future and can other developers a multi-utility service on an asset-value basis, so they can choose the best solution for their project.

London Square were very happy with the project, commenting that Stark Works are proactive and highly knowledgeable and our costs are reasonable. They have faith in our people, commenting that they add value and that makes all the difference.

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