Facilities Management

GRAHAM charges on with EVC points at SERC

GRAHAM charges on with EVC points at SERC image

GRAHAM has successfully completed the supply and installation of two new twin Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) units at South Eastern Regional College’s (SERC) Downpatrick campus.

SERC is committed to “working towards being greener and more sustainable in everything” that it does.

In compliance with the college’s “Going Green” strategy, we worked in partnership with our specialist subcontractor, J&R Electrical, to finalise the green energy project in mid-May 2021.

Two 22kW Twin Quantum EV Chargers have been installed at the rear car park. Each has two allocated parking bays that are demarcated in green paint with white painted e-car logos.

The EV units are fed via Matt-e PEN Fault Detection Units that are located in the basement of the college.

Users can now park in one of the bays and plug in their Type 2 charging lead from the EV to the charger. Once they scan the QR Code located in the Type 2 socket outlet, charging begins.

The user is charged a tariff per kWh for using the charger, which is set by the college using a Vendelectric Management System.

Commenting on the green energy initiative at the college, Ryan Connor, GRAHAM Facilities Manager, said:

“SERC is proactively green and it has a clear vision, with defined strategies and measurable targets. The new EVC units at its Downpatrick campus are a clear statement of its intent to go green. We worked closely with J&R Electrical to ensure the smooth outcome of this project. It was delivered professionally in line with our agreed programme of works. I would highly recommend J&R Electrical for other project works.”

Indeed, GRAHAM and J&R Electrical are also partnering on a similar EVC project at SERC’s Lisburn campus in the coming weeks.

Since 2009, GRAHAM has been engaged by East Down Education Partnership Ltd to provide total integrated facilities management services on a PPP contract with SERC. The 25-year contract covers three campuses (Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch).

GRAHAM – electric priorities

As a business, we are implementing a suite of initiatives to accelerate the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles.

Significantly, 75% of our fleet is now made of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Transport and plant electrification will help facilitate our transition to a cleaner energy system, in line with our Climate Action target of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2045.

We have installed EVC points at our Hillsborough headquarters and we are working towards the deployment of additional charging infrastructure across our office portfolio to ensure the adequate supply of power to the vehicles and plant which we are using.