UPL has played a significant role in helping victims of the Cumbria floods to get back on their feet. UPL has successfully arranged for fast-track electricity and water connections to a new temporary Tesco supermarket in Workington.
Many areas of Workington were effectively separated from the town centre following the collapse and closure of a number of bridges during last month’s flooding. The new store, which was constructed in under two weeks and is set to open on 14th December, has been built to give residents isolated by the floods access to everyday essentials.
Tim Mortlock, Utility Services Director at UPL, explains the company’s involvement in the project: ‘It was essential for us to arrange utility connections to the new Tesco as quickly as possible, so that the opening of the store wasn’t delayed. Although the utility connections process can often take up to nine months, we were able to organise the connection of both electricity and water to the store in just two weeks. We are delighted to have played such a key role in this project, using our utility industry expertise to help the victims of the Cumbria floods.’
Daniel Frith, Development Manager for Tesco, said: ‘UPL were instrumental in helping us to get the store up and running in such a short space of time. The new store will help the residents of Workington affected by the floods to get back to their everyday lives as quickly as possible.’
Footage of the fast-track construction can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/Tescovid