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I've been looking in to upgrading the mains supply to a large house that has since been split into 4 flats and add a new ryefield board etc.

UK Power have confirmed we have a cable right outside in the footpath that can be used no problem. UK Power have also confirmed that we will have to dig our own trench and lay 7m of duct on our side in a straight line to the meter cabinet (aka the majority of the heavy work). It's a very straightforward job for them. Make the new connection, pull cable through a straight line duct, connect to new head on wall. I was expecting something in the range of £5k for the entire job. Nope. £12,354.

Here are the options they've given me:

For £2312 UKPN will:
1 x Pot–end
A & D Charges

For £3576 UKPN will:
1 x LV branch Joint
1 x Pot–end
A & D Charges

For £12,354 UKPN will:
  • Install 1 x 200amp BNO service into a common position with access to all tenants 24/7
  • Disconnect the existing service
  • 2 x LV joint holes in the footpath
  • Excavate, Lay & Reinstatement 1m of single way duct from the Point of Connection to the customer’s boundary to meet customer duct.
  • 1 x LV branch Joint
  • 1 x Pot–end
  • Cable Pull
  • Supply Cable, Duct & tile Tape
  • Reinstatement of LA land
  • A & D Charges

So if you take the second and third option the difference is:
Install head, disconnect existing service, dig hole in footpath and fill, pull the cable, supply duct, cable and tape, design (what is there to design)? = £8778

How can UK Power justify such a huge cost?! I know I have a 'right to choose' but I've emailed every company on their approved list and nobody wants to know as it's just one very simple connection. Most have said they only work on residential if its more than 10 connections. As a result I don't really have a 'right to choose'.

Any suggestions? I'm on the verge of just leaving the existing supply and hoping nothing goes bang anytime soon.

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None of them want to know unless I'm installing a wind farm or plan on building 100 houses in the back garden. This is the issue.
 
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When you say 10 flats did they just do the main supply or also the ryefield, meters and tails? Fulcrum escaped me but I've just sent off for a quote. Their website automatically rejects it if you class it as 1 property so 4 it is.
 

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When you say 10 flats did they just do the main supply or also the ryefield, meters and tails? Fulcrum escaped me but I've just sent off for a quote. Their website automatically rejects it if you class it as 1 property so 4 it is.
You usually do all the BNO stuff the ryefield, single point of isolation, ducting etc and they do the cable pull, joint and head.
 
Exactly as above, unfortunately you’ll still have to foot the bill for UKPN quote which is probably approx £400 for a connection of that size, and I’d image you’ll still have to pay them approx £1200 for the LV breach joint as I don’t think they like the IDNO doing that work...
 
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Leesparkykent, so when you refer to using them on a 11 flat job they just did the single incoming supply? I'm asking because that's all I need, albeit for 4 flats.

So the minimum cost I can get away with for UK power is £2774 and that's to just do 1 x Pot–end and A & D Charges. If I want them to also do the joint then it's £3576.

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I don't really get what access and design would even look like for this job. Straight line from road to front door. Mount on wall. £2774 please.
 
The arrangement will be, 1 No. UKPN PEN cable throughly your duct cast in the slab, into a UKPN service head. From there your tails into an isolator then through to a 6 way ryefield
 

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The arrangement will be, 1 No. UKPN PEN cable throughly your duct cast in the slab, into a UKPN service head. From there your tails into an isolator then through to a 6 way ryefield
Y’all sure do have it rough and I feel for y’all. Where I live we have 1 power company DUKE ENERGY and I’ve never known them to charge anybody to give them power or extend it. I think you guys are getting taken advantage of.
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Y’all sure do have it rough and I feel for y’all. Where I live we have 1 power company DUKE ENERGY and I’ve never known them to charge anybody to give them power or extend it. I think you guys are getting taken advantage of.
All we have to do is fill out a load sheet and give it to them
 
Cornwall Lizard peninsula. Quoted circa £35,000 for a single phase overhead supply, TT, to stables/livery we are working on. Two poles available to tap off within 200 metres in each direction. Promise of a proportionate rebate as /when /If! Subsequent installs are made of the new leg.
 

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Cornwall Lizard peninsula. Quoted circa £35,000 for a single phase overhead supply, TT, to stables/livery we are working on. Two poles available to tap off within 200 metres in each direction. Promise of a proportionate rebate as /when /If! Subsequent installs are made of the new leg.
Seems a lot, although there may be other work entailed not immediately apparent, such as if there is insufficient capacity at the two poles you mention, something further away may need alteration.
 
Possibly appeal the cost...there must be an organisation that you can appeal to. Might even be mentioned on their web site / quotation.
 

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