Connections and supply


Obtaining utility connections remains an important factor for any development, with significant risk of delay to the wider programme.  We advise on all aspects of utility connections and supply arrangements for new-build developments - providing properly joined-up advice on energy contracts, property law and construction issues throughout the process. 

We advise both private developers and public bodies on a range of utility connections, including gas, electricity, water and telecoms.  Our connections experience includes advising on arrangements with Independent Connections Providers (ICPs), Distribution Network Operators (DNOs),  Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs), Gas Transporters and Independent Gas Transporters (IGTs).

We advise clients on all stages of the delivery of utilities to site. This includes advice on the options for DNO and IDNO/IGT solutions, the difference between 'contestable' and 'non-contestable' works and the interface between utility connections and other works on site. We also advise on the procurement of financed IDNO/IGT offers, the negotiation of connection rebate arrangements and connected installation contracts.

Real estate considerations are a key issue for all utility connections, and it remains difficult to get providers to move from their standard lease and easement requirements. This becomes more important on complex phased developments, where the provisions need adjustment to reflect agreed utility corridors, shared spaces and landscaping. Clients also need advice on the implication on long-term rights across sites, and the potential impact on further redevelopment costs.  Our experience in negotiating with a range of connection providers allows us to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to negotiations - ensuring documents reflect the project requirements and minimising the risk of delay.

Alongside our utilities connection work, we also advise on energy supply arrangements. That includes advice on private wire and 'behind the meter' electricity supply agreements, long and short-term Power Purchase Agreements and associated licencing requirements. We also provide advice to landlords on how utilities are delivered to tenants and the connected landlord and tenant issues.

In brief

  • We advise on utilities connections for small and large-scale schemes, including complex, multi-phased sites
  • We understand the importance of the interface between the energy connection arrangements and the property structure
  • We advise on all stages of utilities connections from initial procurement advice, to the installation contracts and advice on landlord supply of utilities
  • We are experienced in negotiating with the key utility providers in the market

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