Light at the end of the tunnel

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Light at the end of the tunnel

March 2010

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Seb Kingsley from our Utility and Major Infrastructure team is working with National Grid to secure land rights for the construction of a 12.4km cable tunnel beneath London.

With growing demand on their existing network of cables laid in the highway, National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) have now given the green light to a multi-million pound project to construct a deep bore cable tunnel from Wimbledon, South London to Kensal Green, North London.

The tunnel will be bored over the course of 2 and a half years and will hold 400,000 volt cables and ancillary equipment. The average depth of the tunnel will be around 30 metres below ground level.

Seb has been working closely with the Land and Development team from NGET and the design engineers, Mott Macdonald, to secure land rights in the form of formal easements from every land owner on the route of the tunnel.

Where possible, the route has followed highway routes but where this wasn’t possible easements are required. Tasked with obtaining nearly a hundred consents we are now over half way to a fully consented route.

With construction due to commence towards Winter 2010, Seb is now preparing to assist with the compulsory process for obtaining land rights for those pieces of land where we are not able to obtain ownership details for or where the owners are not willing to enter into an easement.

We have encountered some very complex grantors from residential owners, garden land, local authorities and statutory bodies to Transport for London and the London Underground, major developers and the Crown.

For more information on major infrastructure projects like this contact Seb Kingsley on 07919 693402 or seb.kingsley@fishergerman.co.uk

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