The Bankside Modernisation and refurbishment project was the largest electrical substation re-plant project in the EU.
Bankside Substation backed on to the Tate Modern Building and formed part of the old Bankside Power Station. As part of the Tate Modern Expansion programme, approximately 50% of the existing substation was demolished.
Erith were appointed by EDF Energy (now UK Power Networks) to decommission within exceptionally strict time restraints. The work involved asbestos removal, the complete removal of all redundant cabling and approximately 45,000 litres of oil products.
In continuation, the project also saw systematic unbolting and lifting down in parts. All removal involved transferring to ground level for recycling of all generating equipment and disconnections. This included disconnection and disposal of 8 No old transformer units, each weighing in the excess of 35 tonnes.
On completion of the replanted substation, strip out of the old redundant switchgear was required to vacate the west wing of the substation for handover to Tate Modern, to facilitate their expansion.
The strip out and decommissioning formed a crucial part of the project and due to the effective delivery, Erith were able to complete the works ahead of programme.