ACS are currently employed at Harrogate Bus Station to install Electric Bus charging stations which will be the first of its kind in the UK to utilise “opportunity charging”.
ACS were involved at pre-contract and held meetings with the Distribution Network Operator on the feasibility of the existing infrastructure providing the power required to the charging stations. Our role included the design and installation of a new power supply from the point of connection granted by the DNO, and the design, installation and commissioning of a new substation.
The Pole Chargers (Pantographs), which will charge the new electric buses are 7m high, weighing 1000kg and have to be craned into position. These works have to be carried out during the night time to ensure that the live bus station has minimal disruption. While constructing the foundations, duct work and diverting the existing drainage for the Pole Chargers, the work area needed to be limited to 2 bus bays at any one time. Other location challenges included the installation of the High Voltage cables, where the point of connection to the grid was 150m away from the substation on one of the main shopping area within Harrogate Town Centre. These works were carried out under a Section 50 notice obtained by ACS from North Yorkshire Highways department.
The scope of the works included all the on-site civil works and infrastructure as well as the off-site power installation. ACS worked with the clients Architect to ensure that the feasibility of the plans would work, which included carrying out a Ground Penetrating Radar Survey and modifying the design to ensure that all infrastructure could be adequately accommodated within the tight area allowed by the Client.