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500km OHL Rebuild

  • Client: SP Energy Networks

  • Project: 500km OHL Rebuild Programme

  • Type: Survey, Design and Consent

  • Location: Cheshire, Wales and Scotland

  • Value: Value: Consents £1.3m

  • Rich Payne

    Freedom Consents Director

  • Contact Rich

  • 07725 204364

The Brief


Survey, design and consent 500km of overhead lines in Cheshire, Wales and Scotland to replace the existing infrastructure. The new specification will result in reduced span lengths and therefore an increase in the number of poles requiring consent.

The Approach


Freedom captured the topography using helicopter LiDAR surveys. The resulting point cloud data was used to design the new line. This method of survey and design allows for up to 95% of design changes to be done without the need for a re-survey, thereby speeding up the overall process.  The Land Registry and key environmental / statutory data is added to the design by our GIS team in preparation for the consenting process.

Our wayleave officers walk the lines, meeting with landowners and other stakeholders to explain the project. They negotiate wayleaves and consents, ensure access for the necessary ecological and arboricultural surveys are agreed and manage all issues and challenges throughout the process.

The Delivery


The close partnerships with our client, our design engineers and specialist surveyors as well as our excellent working relationships with landowners and stakeholders, are key to the ongoing success of this programme.

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