Bringing the electricity ashore at Cleve Hill
We’ve built a brand new onshore substation at Cleve Hill, near Graveney, on the north coast of Kent. This was needed because London Array generates a large amount of electricity which needs to be flowed straight into the 400kV national transmission system when it comes ashore.
About the Cleve Hill Substation
The design for the substation was chosen following a design competition in summer 2006. The winning entry was designed by RMJM, a world-renowned firm of architects. It was developed around the concept of a viewing point perpendicular to the substation and almost 1km away on the Saxon Shore Way.
As a result, the substation’s main architectural feature is the North Wall, which is 10m tall and made up of a series of concrete panels and fins.
The Cleve Hill Substation is located near the village of Graveney, which is around 1km inland from the North Kent coast. We’ve built the substation next to the Canterbury-Kemsley 400kV overhead power line on the north side of Cleve Hill, close to existing buildings at Cleve Farm. The substation has been built to blend into the hillside.