Marshland switching station
Orion is building a new switching station on Prestons Road to ensure our network continues to meet the needs of the community in north Christchurch.
This $2.6 million project commenced in October 2019, with a new building being constructed on our vacant site at 391 Prestons Road. Orion purchased the site from Christchurch City Council in 2014.
We now need to connect the new substation building to the stormwater network in Te Korari Street.
To do this work safely we need to temporarily restrict entry to Te Korari Street.
From Monday 4 October 2021, traffic will not be able to turn onto Te Korari Street from Prestons Road for up to three weeks.
Traffic wanting to access Te Korari Street from Prestons Road will be able to use Te Rito Street and Korowai Street.
The footpath and cycle lane past the work site will be closed. Please follow the signage and any directions from our crew on site.
Traffic will still be able to exit Te Korari Street onto Prestons Road.
We understand this will be disruptive for resident’s travel. We have planned the work for the school holidays to reduce the impact on Marshland School.
About the building
The new building will be substantial: 35m x 15m x 7.7m high.
In keeping with Orion’s policy of not drawing attention to its infrastructure, the building will be a low-key, simple design, clad in buff grey concrete panels. See over for a diagram of the building, and location.
The existing vegetation on the site will be retained, somewhat screening the new building. Security fencing will be placed around the perimeter to provide for public safety and security of the installation.
Inside, we will house switchgear for our high voltage, 66kV cable that delivers electricity from our Waimakariri and Rawhiti zone substations to the north of Christchurch.
What is the benefit?
The new switchgear, housed in the purpose built, secure building, will provide Orion with greater flexibility to switch between multiple alternative sources of power for this area. It means Orion will have alternatives in the event of an outage, the capacity to restore power more quickly, and increased network resilience should a major event occur.
The north of Christchurch is experiencing both residential and business growth and this development establishes provision for serving the increased needs of the area in future.