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Speller Metcalfe wins another £9.7m of work for Western Power Distribution

Construction firm Speller Metcalfe has been awarded £9.7m of work on the refurbishment of Western Power Distribution’s depots in Birmingham, Bristol and Llanfihangel.

Speller Metcalfe is working on WPD's Aston depot

It means the company, based at Malvern and with a major base in Wolverhampton - has so far secured a total of 14 projects and £22.2m of work from WPD,

The individually tendered projects are part of a series of works for WPD to refurbish and update facilities nationally across the electricity distribution network, including remodelling and extending workshops and offices and extensive external works.

Speller Metcalfe says it has worked to fast-track deadlines and achieved outstanding BREEAM scores – the Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method, the world's most widely used environmental assessment method – for WPD, including its Spilsby depot which was awarded the highest BREEAM score in world at 101.9%.

The largest of the newly awarded projects is the £8.5m redevelopment of the WPD site in Aston, Birmingham which is located on a historic industrial site. The project has involved working closely with Network Rail as the site sits just four metres from the main railway line in to the city. Speller Metcalfe has also carried out 'significant' investigation work into the risk of contaminated land.

Speller Metcalfe has been highly involved in various design elements on the project including cladding, steel connection, concrete repair, insulation and taken full responsibility for mechanical and electrical components.

The refurbishment of WPD’s Birmingham depot is due for completion in August .