Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, alongside its client Energie Kontor Ltd and contractors Conservefor Ltd, has won the Sustainability Award at the North West Construction Awards, for the Hyndburn Wind Farm Project.
The collaborative team combined expertise in upland land planning, hydrology survey and ecological survey and monitoring to deliver the environmental aspects of the scheme.
Specifically, the team designed, implemented and are continuing to monitor a habitat restoration strategy which saw the 12-turbine moorland site become nominated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as raising the water table and increasing plant and bird species.
The improvements will have a positive impact on flooding and carbon storage for the local area. The environmental improvements, added to the wider economic and social benefits of the wind farm project, were key to the success of the project.
The turbines produce equivalent to 52% of the electric requirements of the houses in Hyndburn following the £3 million development.
Project manager James Daplyn, Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, said: “The submission represented a project which truly embodied the three tiers of sustainability and is supported by four years of evidence. In short, a degraded moorland has become a SSSI which will provide social benefits to the community and an enhanced ecosystem, as well as delivering for investors and the local employment market.”
Operations director for infrastructure, Lee Conroy, added: ‘Winning awards like this doesn’t happen overnight. Over the last ten years in Capita, we have continuously grown a capability in a number of specialist environmental skills across our northern offices. As such, we are well placed to respond and deliver challenging projects like this. I am immensely proud to see the efforts of the team rewarded in winning such a prestigious award which helps us raise our profile in the environmental sector and places us in a strong position to explore similar opportunities in the future.”
The project has now been submitted to the National Constructing Excellence Finals in November.
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