RWE npower renewables commissioned VolkerFitzpatrick to construct a ten turbine wind farm at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. Each turbine stands 121m high (including blades) and generates 20.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet the average annual demands of up to 12,000 homes.
The access road to the wind farm site as well as the construction of a control building and the ten turbine bases were complete in 2012. The crane pads and trenched electrical cables that link the turbines and the control building were also installed. The crane pads were constructed to support the 1,200 tonne crane used to erect the various components of each turbine.
In spring 2013, the erection, testing and commissioning of the ten turbines commenced. Due to the size and length of the turbines they were transported in sections and then erected on site. To minimise disruption to the local community, the delivery of the turbine components took place outside peak traffic periods.
As part of our works, a number of environmental improvements were carried out across the site to create and enhance the habitats for water voles, birds and other species. We also created linear ponds, seeded verges to create tussock grasslands and sowed wild bird seed mixes around the site.