Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd in Great Yarmouth have a new operations and maintenance facility following the conversion of a former warehouse, to create a 24 hour control room for the offshore windfarm, together with offices for staff.
The project included the construction of a new two storey steel framed building within an existing warehouse, with modifications to the existing building and external modifications to the existing quayside yard and storage area. Temporary modular accommodation was provided by the client pending completion of the new internal office facility.
The Ipswich team also constructed a new car park and service yard which includes a specialist external PV shelter with recharging facilities for electric cars, adding to its BREEAM Good credentials.
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd has signed an initial 25 year lease agreement with Great Yarmouth Port Company on the site. Providing 152 metres of river harbour quayside, they will provide access to the wind farm 24/7 and will be the hub for all operation and maintenance activity for the life of the wind farm, once it starts generating electricity in 2017.
The 67 offshore wind turbine generators have a total capacity of 402 MW and will produce sufficient electricity to power over 410,000 UK homes. The electricity will be transmitted to shore at Weybourne Hope in North Norfolk by cables laid on the seabed and then by onshore underground cables to the Necton site.
“After assessing the existing building, we decided to keep it, and construct a “building in the building” for the offices and control room. The result is an office building, a warehouse solution and a utilisation of the demise that is tailored to the business. We are very happy for the result. I would like to thank all of you that have been involved in realising this!”
Head of Operations, Statoil UK Wind.