29 November 2023

Telford Homes Win At The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Shining Light Awards

Telford Homes is pleased to share that Paul Craig, Senior M&E Construction Manager at Telford Homes, has won the Individual Champion award for the Environment category, at the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Shining Light Awards.

The Leading Lights Awards were started to celebrate organisations (contractors and suppliers), individuals in the workforce and sites registered with the CCS, that have significantly raised the bar by going above and beyond the Code of Considerate Practice. The Leading Lights Awards recognise and showcase innovative and impactful work irrespective of a project’s value and an organisation’s size.

Paul deservedly won the award for his innovative work on power supply and battery trials on the Capital Interchange Way (CIW) project. His work has been instrumental in accelerating Telford Homes’ net zero journey, leading the shift away from diesel generators to more sustainable energy sources.

The Capital Interchange Way project in Brentford, London is a new residential development comprising of 420 affordable homes and commercial units. The build required three tower cranes with a combined loading of 600kVA, alongside temporary infrastructure and plant which would put a significant strain on the local power grid. The district network operator was unable to provide the requisite power within a feasible timeframe, so the site was forced to find an alternative power source. Typically, multiple diesel-powered generators would be installed consuming large quantities of diesel, but Paul was determined to find a sustainable option that is aligned with the company’s sustainability strategy and net zero ambitions.

Conducting extensive research to identify ways of reducing the site’s reliance on diesel generators, Paul engaged with Northvolt, a European battery supplier who specialise in providing environmentally friendly power solutions. They assisted in reviewing the live data Paul collected to determine the suitability of its solution for the project. The main challenge with implementation was the lack of live case study data as the system is not currently being used in the UK or used to supply multiple plant and welfare. Working with the supplier Paul created a detailed system design, using live data from current sites to forecast consumption trends and peak demands to determine the feasibility and size of the unit. Once installed the system was remotely monitored to optimise the performance required for the demands of the site.

Championing the use of more sustainable energy sources, Paul has successfully transitioned the site away from using diesel generators saving 81,976 kgCO2e and 34,000 litres of fuel in 2 months, as well as dramatically reducing noise pollution and demand on space (as the units are stacked on top of each other).

Paul’s innovative work has transformed how Telford Homes will use power on site, providing a more sustainable and cost-effective solution. As a result, the construction stage energy strategies have been redefined across the business, and various battery technology is being utilised at Alperton Bus Garage, Mill Road and Capital Interchange Way.

As one of the first UK developers to utilise this technology and method, Telford Homes is confident that Paul’s research, innovation and successful implementation on this project will ignite a major shift on how the industry will approach energy sourcing in the future. 

You can find out more about Paul's category and win on the CCS website: https://www.ccscheme.org.uk/awards/winners/