Handling all the elements at wind farm

Extra careful steps have been taken to install a new wind farm in south Cumbria, right down to the preservation of local water courses.

As main contractors for the £16m Armistead wind farm, Hall Construction Services Ltd have chosen to maintain a successful partnership with Tubosider, this time using our bolted plate structures rather than our stormwater tanks and pipes.

Before the six wind turbines could be delivered to site in autumn 2012, a number of essential measures were required to prepare the site in a necessarily environmentally friendly way.

Amongst these is the crossing of a sensitive stream in order to transport materials on to site. This bridging work has been done using culverts constructed from preformed sections of Tubosider bolted plate, from our range of profiles for all applications.

As Ian Collier of Hall Construction Services commented, “The client required us to provide a cost effective efficient solution to cross the water course without disturbing the natural habitats. The Tubosider culvert proved to be the ideal choice.”

Hall Construction Services is carrying out the work for Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, who began operations on the wind farm site to the east of the M6, between junctions 36 and 37, in March 2012.

As well as making a significant contribution towards meeting Cumbria County Council’s renewable energy targets, the Armistead scheme will bring a range of other benefits to the local community.

It will also provide a boost for the Cumbrian economy through the local supply chain, with up to 20 people being employed on site at any given time during the construction process, and a number of local firms will also work alongside Hall Construction Services.

The wind farm will have an installed capacity of up to 12.3MW (estimated to meet the annual electricity consumption requirements of approaching 7000 homes) and connection to the local grid is expected to be finished before the end of the year.

The Armistead Wind Farm Liaison Committee, made up of local residents, elected representatives and the Banks Renewables team, is meeting regularly throughout the construction phase to ensure that it runs smoothly and that local people are fully aware of the progress being made.