Infrastructure for electric vehicles is given a boost at stately home

Sheffield-based utility infrastructure and services provider Fulcrum has collaborated with the Bayford Group and ChargePoint to deliver an innovative Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solution at a Yorkshire stately home.

The Bayford Group which comprises energy businesses, property investment and development and hospitality operations, has teamed up with Fulcrum and ChargePoint to provide an EV charging operation at Bowcliffe Hall, West Yorkshire.

With Fulcrum designing and installing the electrical infrastructure using ChargePoint’s EV charging solutions, Bayford Group company Gulf Gas & Power UK will be the energy supplier as well as managing payment processes.

The 19th century country home near Wetherby, which is owned by the Bayford Group, has been transformed into modern offices and a venue for meetings and events.

It was one of the first venues of its kind to feature early-model EV chargers and this new project, designed and built by Fulcrum, will deliver an upgrade to the existing technology and scope for future expansion and growth.

Fulcrum has installed the electrical infrastructure and three twin socket, 22kW fast charging stations, creating six bays for EV vehicles at Bowcliffe Hall.

Additional infrastructure has also been laid between a newly installed substation and ChargePoint charging solutions that have enabled the creation of a further four bays.

Daren Harris, CEO of Fulcrum said: “Through this collaboration, we have brought together the skills, experience and resources to deliver a comprehensive, end-to-end, EV charging solution for Bowcliffe Hall, which can be replicated across the country.

“The creation of a robust network of charging locations is essential to achieve a more comprehensive roll-out of electric vehicles across the country to help the UK meet its net-zero targets and Fulcrum is very strongly positioned to support this.”

Jonathan Turner, chief executive of the Bayford Group, who also recently joined the executive board of Fulcrum Group as a non-executive director, said: “I was really keen to bring together the capabilities of the project partners to deliver a comprehensive EV charging service for Bowcliffe Hall and its visitors, which has the potential to also be adopted by other businesses across the UK.

“The upgrade of the facilities at Bowcliffe Hall is also a great way to demonstrate the first collaboration between the Bayford Group, in particular Gulf Gas & Power UK, Fulcrum and ChargePoint.

“Bowcliffe Hall has always been a progressive venue embracing the traditional and the contemporary.

“We have been keen supporters of Electric Vehicles and this upgrade of our charging facilities will benefit visitors and the environment.”

André ten Bloemendal, vice president of European Commercial Sales at ChargePoint Inc, said: “ChargePoint’s mission is to get every driver behind the wheel of an EV.

“To make that happen, drivers need to be able to charge everywhere they go and whenever they need to do so.

“We’re delighted that the Bayford Group is supporting the shift to electric mobility by expanding access to charging at Bowcliffe Hall.”