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MPANs and MPRNs debunked

MPANs and MPRNs debunked

Building conversions are big business at the moment. Many of our clients are embarking on ambitious projects to convert disused or vacant properties into characterful apartments, public buildings, or other use cases, with architecturally interesting results. Naturally, when it comes to changing the purpose of a building, MEP plays an important role. In the case of residential conversions particularly, the new building needs to be up to code.

Ensuring the conversion meets building regulations is often just one dimension of a developer’s desire to renovate the supply. Frequently, re-purposed buildings will seek to have impressive environmental credentials, so choosing the right energy supplier will be integral to this ambition. Therefore, changing or installing electricity meters should be one of the first stops when it comes to MEP.

However, switching suppliers and updating meters in large projects can prove to be a little baffling for the uninitiated. This is why it’s advisable to hire MEP consultants to ensure the process goes according to plan. But to get started, we’ll explain the fundamentals: primarily, what to make of MPAN and MPRN numbers.

What’s the difference between an MPAN and an MPRN code?

The MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) and the MPRN (Meter Point Reference Number) are unique codes assigned to your electricity and gas supplies. The MPAN relates to the electricity supply and the MPRN to the gas. Note that in either case, these codes are not the same as the customer or account number.

These numbers are linked to the property. If you are switching supplier as part of a conversion project, you’ll need to let the new supplier know these codes. Generally, the MPAN can be found on an electricity bill. For the MPRN, you need to visit Find My Supplier and enter the property’s postcode to find the gas supplier for the area.

Not as straightforward as it might seem
This might seem fairly simple, but if you’re linking a new power supply to a disused property that’s been converted, things can get a little more complex. Considering all of the work that goes into laying a new power supply, you need to ensure that you are prepared before engineers attend the site.

As the meters are such an integral part of connecting the energy supply, it’s essential that their installation isn’t an afterthought. You need to discuss meter installation at the beginning of the project so that the supplier has all the relevant codes and can attend the site as quickly as possible once new cabling has been laid.

Get the right consultants on board

The key to this is, of course, experienced consultancy and good project management. After all, without power, the property isn’t fit for use. Building services are what give a building life – just like you can’t run a car without petrol, you can’t run a building without an energy supply.

Good MEP consultants will make sure that the complete process of connecting the power supply is factored into the construction schedule. That way, you won’t encounter any headaches further down the line – and ensure you have the most efficient, effective energy supply to complement the rest of the project’s environmental credentials.

 

 

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