Temporary Builders Supplies – Post COVID

Temporary Builders’ Supplies – Why is there a need?

When carrying out construction work, you will likely need to organise a temporary water or electricity supply. A lot of construction work, both internal and external from a building, can only go ahead with electricity to power tools and equipment. It is often too costly or simply not feasible to proceed without this. Supplies of electricity and water are not just needed for construction to go ahead, but also for powering any temporary office buildings or providing accommodation with safe water.

Some reasons why you may need a temporary electricity or water supply:

  • Building a new property and electricity is needed for construction tools, equipment, and lighting.
  • Temporary onsite generators, accommodation, or cabins need power.
  • Building or renovating a new property and power is needed for any machinery, lighting, site offices.
  • Building is being demolished and temporary power is needed to complete demolition, or for the following build.

It is likely that if you are planning a full demolition followed by a new construction that you will need to remove your existing electricity meter and convert into a temporary supply. Following demolition or construction work, the temporary connection can be converted back into a permanent supply with a meter reinstall.

Not all temporary supplies are the same – why?

The main differentiation between services required usually comes from the scale and nature of a project. Because of this, there are two main customer groups to be aware of (it is likely that you will fit into one of these groups).

The first group are those looking for a small temporary builders’ supply. This group will mainly consist of smaller domestic customers, completing work mainly on residential or small businesses. Overall power demands range from low to average.

The second group are those looking for a large temporary business supply, often for large-scale construction, demolition, or renovation projects. This group will mainly consist of large-businesses who require vast quantities of power.

Small temporary builders supply – about

You should apply for this type of temporary supply if:

  • Power is needed during small scale construction project for basic tools and lighting.
  • Power is needed for a small temporary building such as a site cabin.
  • Power is needed to bridge the gap between demolition and construction.

If you fall into this category then we have some good news for you, most temporary supplies are very straight-forward to organise when compared to larger customers. By following our 8-step guide located later on in this article you will be able to tackle this job easily.

Large temporary business supply – about

You should apply for this type of temporary supply if:

  • You are undertaking a large or multi-unit project.
  • Power is needed for site office(s).
  • Power is needed for heavy machinery or extensive lighting.

You will still be able to use our 8-step guide to help you as the steps for coordinating both supply types are very similar. There are additional requirements for business customers of this size that you will need to be made aware of – like agreeance upon a Meter Operator contract (MOP).

Important information to know for customers looking to organise a large temporary business supply

This list is not exhaustive and will vary slightly dependant on the provider. This list should be treated as a starting point to help customers who are dealing with an entirely new topic. Domestic customers will be able to use this list too, ignoring any information that does not apply to them.

  1. Site address: Find the full address of the location that the work will be undertaken.
  2. Contact info: Provide a contact name, telephone number, and e-mail that you can be reached at.
  3. MPAN number: MPAN stands for Meter Point Administration Number and will be issued when you request a new electricity supply. If you have an existing supply, you will already have an MPAN number – try looking for it on your billing invoices. If you do not have an MPAN, or haven’t applied for one yet – don’t worry.
  4. Preferred meter install date: The preferred date for your electricity supplier to install your meter. This date should allow plenty of time to be completed on construction project, cable installation, and a little leeway for timings. (Construction projects are notoriously difficult to accurately estimate timeframe for).
  5. Preferred meter type: If you would like to take advantage of day/night contracts, or sub-meter different areas of your premises then now is the time to say so!
  6. Confirm the nature of supply: Confirm with your distributor whether your supply is whole current (WC), current transformer (CT) etc.
  7. Calculate AQ: It is important to provide an estimate of annual consumption quantity, especially for large projects. If you are unsure on where to look then try starting with previous billing (if applicable) or any business data you have access to. If you are still unsure on how to tackle this then get in contact with either your agreed energy supplier.
  8. ASC: This stands for authorised supply capacity – and will be set by the distribution company. Try look within the connection agreement with the distributor for this figure (It will be in kVa).
  9. Site plan: For larger projects it is important to provide as much detail as possible to any contractors hired to complete work. This is both for safety and simply due to common curtesy.

I have found a company to complete work on a temporary/permanent supply – what are the steps I should follow?

Most companies will follow the same process for installing a new electricity supply at your premises. There will be variation in price between businesses offering this service, but the overall process from start to finish will remain very similar. We have included a table below on what to expect from enquiry, to installation.

StepActionDescription
1EnquiryGet in touch with a company online, over the phone, or in person.
2ApplicationApply using a new connection form or through business directly.
3QuoteReceive an estimation for the price of work.
4PaymentAccept or refuse quote and send payment.
5Choose Meter SupplierFind an electricity supplier and provide them with relevant information.
6Agree Installation DateAgree installation date with electricity supplier.
7Complete InstallationCompleted work for installation of electricity supply.
8Meter InstallationYour electricity supplier will install your meter and begin supply of electricity.

Who should I contact to organise a temporary supply?

Luckily at Energy Solutions, we have well over twenty years of experience in the energy procurement sector. During this time we have had the privilege of working alongside builders and M&E consultants to deliver the absolute best quality of service for customers looking to upgrade, disconnect, or set up a new utilities supply. We recognise other experts at the top of their field, and enjoy collaborating and growing professional relationships.

We can arrange changes to electricity (Single Phase, Three Phase, Half Hourly and High Voltage), gas (all supply sizes from domestic to heavy industrial) and water supplies – as well as new supply points. If you are looking for a business to provide a temporary supply at incredible rates while maintaining outstanding customer support get in touch.

If you would like to arrange a quotation then please use our online webform or e-mail us at: nick@energybrokers.co.uk

Even if you would just like a quick chat regarding our services and what we offer, feel free to give us a call at: 0131 610 1688

We look forward to hearing from you!

Common Questions

What are temporary builders’ supplies?

In this context – it refers to a temporary electricity supply to a premise that is needed for construction to take place.

Why do builders need temporary supplies?

Builders rely on electricity to power a lot of their equipment – setting up a temporary supply allows for work to begin without installing a permanent electricity supply.

A temporary mains electric supply is not available at my premises, what do I so?

Not to panic – just because you are not able to set up a temporary mains supply does not mean you will be left without electricity. We are able to offer rental of generators or explore alternative options. Enquire to find out more.

What happens to my temporary supply once building work has finished?

In most scenarios – the temporary supply will be converted into a permanent supply as you approach the end of your construction project. Otherwise, it can be removed.

Why would I ever need a temporary supply?

There are dozens of reasons – for both domestic and business customers. Construction projects will require electricity to power lighting, tools, generators, accommodation, cabins, utilities, temporary offices. It is unlikely there will be an existing electricity supply for new builds, or any usable supplies for demolitions etc.

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