11kV High Voltage Private Networks

High Voltage Private Networks

Woodward Group’s continual evolution has enabled us to supply High Voltage (HV) private network installations up to 11kV, transformers, 11kV cabling and packaged solutions.

Our expertise allows us to provide a full project design service, project management, installation of transformers, protection systems, substations and switchgear.

In addition, we deliver fault diagnosis and planned preventative maintenance schemes as well as cable diversions, cable jointing, tracing cables, excavation and back filling.

HV switchgear and transformers are incredibly reliable but requires regular servicing and maintenance. Should fault arise, it could be tremendously disruptive, expensive to repair, and dangerous. Woodward Group offers a complete maintenance package for your high voltage private network.

To ensure safe, legally compliant and uninterrupted operations, call us on 01283 819379 today.

Paxton Access Control Systems


Woodward Group’s Fire & Security Manager, Rhys Evans and Engineer Jordan McFarlane have just qualified as certified installers for Paxton Access Control Systems.

Paxton is a leading global company with award-winning electronic IP access control systems for smart buildings and its centralised administration system boasts its ability to control sites with up to 1,000 doors and 50,000 users.

The system tailors access privileges to groups, individuals and visitors in just a few clicks from your PC. It can also manage buildings’ lighting, air-conditioning, heating, and even electrical appliances.

When Woodward Group moved to our new purpose-built offices we wanted a reliable access control system that was foolproof, intuitive and expandable. We chose Paxton. The system has never skipped a beat and we like it so much that when our customers ask for advice on access control systems, we talk to them about Paxton.

For more information on access control systems for your building, call us on 01283 819379.

Bombardier – Crossrail Assembly Line

Bombardier Derby

Woodward Group has a long-standing working relationship with the Bombardier transportation site in Derby predominantly undertaking maintenance works and compliance testing for the company. This year, we completed the largest installation project, to date, with the Derby-based firm.

 The project centred around the transformation of 2 assembly bays that were to be refurbished to suit the bespoke requirements of the Crossrail carriages. Involvement was required from steel workers, civil engineers, structure engineers, mechanical engineers, and electrical engineers with Woodward Group undertaking the electrical aspects of the project. Co-ordination was key throughout the project as timescales were short and with workers being undertaken below and above floor level, the planning was key. Woodward Group worked closely with Bombardier and the other contractors on site to ensure programmes were adhered to and designs were checked throughout to ensure errors were eliminated prior to installation.

 The project began with the strip-out phase where we disconnected the existing installation whilst maintaining temporary power onto vital equipment. These works enabled other trades to progress during the project prior to our installation phase. Secondly, we installed approximately 360 metres of 400A Zucchini bus-bar trunking (180 metres per bay) with 95mm 4C XPLE parallel supplies from the LV switch room with all associated containment. The majority of the installation was undertaken at height with the use of MEWPS and all of our employees are IPAF accredited.

 Upon completion of the ground works and support steels in place we split our team between the ground and high level works to ensure the project was pushed on and deadlines were met. High level works included new Eaton LED lighting scheme achieving an average of 500LUX throughout and an emergency lighting scheme compliant to BS5266:2016. Data cabling and heating supplies were also installed at high level. Low level works consisted of 400V and 110V distribution boards, 400V, 230V and 110V power feeding equipment specific to the assembly.

 We successfully completed the project on time, within budget and all final testing and commissioning completed with no issues or alterations. This was undeniably confirmed when the NICEIC earmarked the works to be audited for our NICEIC Approved Contractor annual renewal. The inspection found that there were NO non-conformities.

 The relationship between Bombardier and Woodward Group is at an all-time high especially as Woodward Group are looking to carry out the same works on an additional 3 assembly lines.

 We would like to thank the Bombardier Team for their professionalism, co-operation and confidence to entrust Woodward Group with such critical projects.

Matt Booth Personal Write Up

matt booth

From an early age, I had a great mentor working on industrial and commercial electrical installations throughout the Midlands who taught me the importance of planning carefully and executing everything with pride. With this mindset and perseverance, I gained “Apprentice of the Year’’ Award from the Electrical Contractors’ Association and a Technology Award from Warwickshire College.

After 22 years of service with a wide scope of experience, I started full time as an approved electrician/test engineer in May 2017 with the Woodward Group which shares my core values to take pride in everything we do, with a “can-do’’ approach to every challenge.

Woodward Group has been very supportive in my development by giving me opportunities to share my engineering experience while inspiring me to pursue lifelong learning. Since joining Woodward Group, I gained my Level 4 – 2396 Design and Verification qualification in October, started a HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in July, and recently received a promotion to become one of Woodward’s Qualified Supervisors. I feel honoured to be part of the Woodward journey and look forward to contributing to our continued growth.

Fire Safety & Electrical Compliance – Let Us Take The Load Off You

Fire Prevention

In our recent newsletters, we have spoken about responsibilities and the importance of adhering to the regulations. Let us, at the Woodward Group, take the burden off your shoulders. We’ll reduce the time and costs required to maintain up-to-date compliance records, and save you from worrying whether your company is compliant with all the following services:


Fire Safety

We do this through the compliance module of our maintenance management system – an efficient and wholly transparent one-stop shop giving you a complete compliance management solution.

  • Provides maintenance packages for all your Fire Detection, Emergency Lighting, and Electrical systems.
  • Contacts you when your certification needs renewal.
  • Maintains your systems completely, ensuring compliance with the latest regulations.
  • Keeps all reports, certificates and compliances in one folder, managed by one trusted company.
  • Issues only one invoice/bill for all compliance and surveys.

Put all your fire safety and electrical compliance under one umbrella with Woodward Group at 01283 819379 today.

Burton Amateur Swimming Club

Burton Amateur Swimming Club

As the Woodward Group continues to look at ways of helping the local community with specific interest in the development of young people, we are embarking on investing in the lives of 8 swimmers from the Burton Amateur Swimming Club (BASC) by sponsoring their equipment and improved coaching.

Last year saw Burton Amateur Swimming Club return to the top Division of the League following the Division 2 title being secured in 2016.

Darcey Veasey, Ben Harper, Matthew Gates, Mary Duggan, George Stevens, Ella Cooper, Molly Wishlade and Imogen Aston-Blanksby, we are proud of each and every one of you for staying within Division 1 for the first time in history and you’ve got the Woodward Group’s full support as you compete with clubs that are much larger this season.

Woodward Group Electrical and Mechanical Expertise in HVAC / AHU

Air Conditioning Installation

This month our ‘Services Under the Spotlight’ discusses Woodward Group’s competencies and capabilities in Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning systems (HVAC) as well as Air Handling Units (AHU).

If your office suffers from hot and cold spots where one person’s working area is like the Antarctic and another person’s area is like the tropics, your HVAC, AHU and ducting installations probably need upgrading or replacing.

Woodward Group’s expertise in HVAC / AHU and Mechanical Electrical solutions meet specific requirements in the commercial facilities, refurbishment projects, and industrial facilities.

Our dedicated team will work closely with you to deliver the perfect HVAC system specialising in the following configurations:

  • Inline – Supply 100% outdoor air, Supply 100% mixed air, Double Flux
  • Double Deck & Side by Side – 100% outdoor air & Mixed air
  • U & L Shape – Supply 100% outdoor air

Woodward Group can also improve your system’s energy performance by 20% through annual inspection and maintenance packages which include:

  • Ducts, filters and other components cleaned
  • Filters replaced
  • Performance & energy measured

For optimum thermal environment call the Woodward Group on 01283 819379 today.

Message from Nathan


Hello, I’m Nathan and one of Woodward Group’s newest employees. I am a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). After starting my career as an electrician in the industrial and commercial sectors, I moved into maintenance roles for a number of large retailers gaining mechanical experience and completing my F-Gas qualifications enabling me to install and maintain a variety of AC, refrigeration and air handling units.

Early in my career, I was always interested in the High Voltage(HV) industry and through recent years gained my Senior Authorised Person (SAP) qualifications up to 11KV along with a working knowledge of 400KV.

I have worked on several power projects for the likes of WPD and Scottish Power including substations and overhead lines. My portfolio now has multi-utility experience and I’ve project managed water, gas and electric installs from new connections to private networks. Woodward Group is expanding into these areas and that is one of my reasons for wanting to work for such a dynamic company.

I joined Woodward Group for a new challenge where I can apply my strong technical and business capabilities and was impressed with how the business was growing and moving forward. As the company’s new Contract Manager, I believe my knowledge and experience will benefit the Woodward Group, allowing us to gain access to new markets as we develop the company further.

Nathan Cliff – Contracts Manager

Emergency Lighting What are your responsibilities

Emergency Lighting Installation

Emergency Lighting is a legal requirement in premises across the UK, whether commercial offices, factory units, hotels or blocks of flats.

Anyone who has control over the premises and fire-safety systems like building owners, landlords, facility managers, building occupiers, is known as the “responsible person” for emergency lighting.

In an emergency situation, any failure of the main power supply can have a disastrous effect. Sudden darkness can pose threats and hazards to occupants of the property, either through physical injury or panic. Emergency lighting can be an effective and extremely useful solution as it is able to operate automatically and provide sufficient illumination for safe and efficient evacuation.

So many businesses and commercial sites neglect their emergency lighting as non-essential equipment, disregarding the fact that the lives of everyone in their premises, and around it is dependent on the effectiveness of their emergency systems.

Woodward Groups Fire & Security Division provides total solutions covering maintenance, upgrades, and installations of Emergency Lighting. Let us provide you with peace of mind that your business is fully compliant with the latest regulations by calling us on 01283 819379.

Over 60% of Businesses Do Not Recover From Fire Damage

electrical safety compliance

Did you know that the most common cause of fire in a workplace is overloading and badly maintained electrical systems?

Your company is your livelihood. Protecting your organisation and what it takes to run the business is critical. As 43% of all fires happen in winter, it would be prudent to assess your current fire and electrical safety compliance now.

Woodward Group can take care of all your fire safety and electrical compliance in a time and cost efficient manner. This covers the service, inspection, installation and repairs in the following areas, all in one package:

Call us today on 01283 819379 to minimise the risk of fires in your business.