Mayor Liz Frost opens Epsom Park depot as SGN builds on commitment to Surrey
13 July 2017
Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor Liz Frost with our Epsom Park depot teams
We're thrilled to have welcomed the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost, to officially open our new premises in Epsom.
At the ceremony yesterday morning, Cllr Frost unveiled a plaque celebrating the opening of the building and the gas network company’s continuing commitment to the local area.
The new-build depot and offices, known as Epsom Park, provide a home for dozens of gas engineers, emergency repair managers, mains replacement colleagues, maintenance teams and administrative employees who have been amalgamated under one roof for the first time in the town.
The planning phase and construction of the depot has been ongoing for nearly two years. It replaces existing facilities in Epsom and South Godstone.
The new depot has a purpose-built building management system which controls things like ventilation, lighting and power. It also has meeting room facilities, energy monitoring, cutting edge security and future-proofed IT.
On-site warehouse and stores facilities have been designed specifically for the depot teams with state-of-the-art security. They’ll be able to manage and distribute stores stock more effectively and have a safe and secure place to store equipment and polyethylene (PE) pipe used to upgrade the gas network.
Drainage was a significant challenge and we had to install a whole raft of below-ground special drainage racks to deal with it. We have used special intumescent curtaining to ensure compartmentalization for fire protection purposes; a first in our building projects and saving a lot of money.
Depot General Manager Paul James said: “The old sites have served us well over many years, however were a bit tired.
“All of us have enjoyed moving into the new depot and working together as one team to deliver our targets.
“The move will allow us to learn new skills, and provide a more efficient and flexible resource. Importantly, it will enable even closer working links with customers and contractors.”
SGN owns and operates the gas distribution network in Southern England and Scotland, delivering gas to 5.9 million customers. At its Epsom base, it employs 184 people. Its area of operation stretches from Clapham, down to Kingswood and across from Leatherhead to New Addington. The visit by the Mayor has reinforced the company’s relationship with the town.
On opening the new depot, Cllr Frost said: “I was delighted to be invited to open these excellent new facilities and meet the people there. I learnt a lot about gas networks from the many SGN staff I met on the day and it was good to hear how the team is keeping its local gas network and its customers safe and secure day-in day-out. It was also good to see the regeneration of the old Citilink site in the Epsom & Ewell borough.”
Peter Webster, SGN’s Director of Operations (South), said: “We’re delighted with this new modern depot which underlines our plans to invest in the local gas network in the forthcoming years. Opening this facility is good news for our stakeholders, good news for our customers and employees, and good news for Epsom and the surrounding area.”
Our apprentices Harry and Harley join Director of HR & Services Kate Naylor in meeting with Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor Liz Frost and Consort Councillor Chris Frost