A new £250,000 engineering project to upgrade the electricity supply to around 130 properties at Lamport Court and Silkin Court in Ardwick in Manchester is now underway. 

The region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, started work in September to upgrade the power cables, which are more than 50 years old. 

The project, which is due for completion in early June, will successfully replace the existing electricity system with new, modern and more efficient cables and distribution equipment. Each property will also have a new meter board fitted with new fuses. 

The work will help to ensure a safe and secure supply of electricity and it will help to speed up restoration times caused by any unexpected power cuts in the future. 

In order to carry out the work safely, Electricity North West will be required to shutdown the electricity supply at Lamport Court and Silkin Court on the following dates: 


Lamport Court – Friday 10th April

Silkin Court – Friday 17th April

Electricity supply will be disconnected in all properties from 9am – 6pm, while we install the new electricity system. 


Lamport Court – Between 14th April – 24th May / Silkin Court – Between 21st April – 31st May

We will arrange a suitable date and time with residents within these dates for individual 2-hour visits, so that we can transfer each property onto the new system.

(Please note: The end date for this work will be dependent on how quickly we can arrange a suitable date and time with residents to access each property.)

Lamport Court – Monday 25th May / Silkin Court – Monday 1st June

Electricity supply will be disconnected in all properties from 10am – 2pm, while we disconnect the old electricity system.

All residents will receive a letter notifying them of the planned shutdown (including exact dates and times) around ten days before the work is due to commence and information will also be available on resident notice boards located in the main entrances to both buildings.

For advice on what to do during the planned shutdowns, residents can refer to the advice section on the letters or visit www.electricitynorthwest.co.uk/power-cuts/dealing-with-power-cuts.

If any residents are vulnerable or medically dependant on electricity, they can register to receive extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register either by calling 0800 195 4141 or online at www.electricitynorthwest.co.uk/priority.

Contact Electricity North West:

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