Hope Construction Materials is supplying 4500 m3 of concrete to build 11 wind turbine bases at Crook Hill Wind Farm on the Lancashire Pennine Moors. The project is coordinated by specialist civil engineering contractor, I&H Brown, and should be complete by July 2015. In total, the wind farm will generate 36 MW of electricity, securing renewable energy for 25 000 homes near Rochdale in East Lancashire.
Hope is currently delivering over 350 m³ of concrete for each turbine base in one continuous pour, which was necessary to meet with the structural design and in-situ concrete performance required. A smaller pour is then required to ensure the bases are ready for the turbine to be fitted.
A concrete grade of C32/40 is being supplied from Hope’s Rochdale and Burnley readymix plants (just two of the company’s 150-strong plant network) located perfectly to meet the demands of the project.
Paul Coleman, Area Commercial Manager at Hope Construction Materials, said: “This is a great contract for Hope to be associated with, particularly as it complements our own sustainability commitments and it is great to know that the outcome will supply thousands of homes with renewable energy. However, delivering over 350 m³ of concrete for each turbine base in one continuous pour to the site from our plants in Rochdale and Burnley has been challenging.
“Accessing the site means driving along 7 km of temporary ‘floating’ roads that have had to be constructed over the top of the moorland, and constantly maintained and repaired by the contractor to allow safe access to the bases.
“The remote location also presents other challenges including poor visibility and difficult weather conditions, with our drivers operating in convoy to ensure any safety issues are addressed quickly.”
Simon Wray, Site Agent for I&H Brown Ltd, said: “This has been a challenging project throughout with various facets to contend with; the weather has played a significant part in hampering the works, steep gradients both on site and on the approach to site have continually been testing but close liaison between IHB and Hope Construction Materials has ensured a relatively smooth running operation with a total of 22 pours.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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