Main contractor Hall Construction services starts work on £17.5m Moor House wind farm

March 30, 2017 | Community News

The main contractor appointed to lead the construction of a new £17.5m wind farm near Darlington has started work on site.

Hall Construction Services Ltd was appointed by fellow County Durham-headquartered firm Banks Renewables to lead on the development of its new Moor House wind farm, which will be located on land to the north east of Barmpton, around three miles to the east of the A1.

Rushyford-based Hall Construction Services Ltd has worked with the Banks Group on a number of previous renewable energy, property development and surface mining schemes, including wind farms in Cumbria, Leeds and Barnsley, and is now taking the lead on appointing and managing a number of suppliers to this latest project.

Contracts worth up to £4.5m are now going out to tender to local firms in relation to different elements of the wind farm’s development, including construction, security, accommodation and catering, and up to 30 local contractors will be working on the Moor House site at any given time.

Funding for the six-turbine scheme was recently secured by Banks Renewables as part of a transformational £210m investment package which will also support the construction of two further onshore wind farms in Scotland.

The Moor House wind farm will be the ninth onshore wind farm that Banks Renewables has built, and it is expected to begin generating clean green energy early in 2018.

Founded in 1986, Hall Construction Services Ltd has grown to become a successful building and civil engineering company which employs just under 200 employees.  Around 130 of its staff either live in County Durham or are working on local projects, and approximately 80 per cent of its work comes from projects within the southern half of the North East.

Stephen Bromley, business development manager at Hall Construction Services Ltd, says: “It is good for our company to be working with the Banks Group again and we look forward to delivering the Balance of Plant works and acting as Principal Contractor.”

A community liaison committee which is meeting every six weeks or so to get the latest information on the Moor House wind farm has been set up, with Cllr Brian Jones of Darlington Borough Council being chosen as its chair and local resident Peter Plant taking the role of vice chair.

A community benefits sub-group will also be formed from the committee members, which will help to review and agree the local organisations that will receive funding from the £750,000 community benefits fund that will be part of the Moor House wind farm’s operations.

An annual allowance of £15,000 will be available in support of local community groups, environmental projects and voluntary organisations, while the same amount again will be available every year to support activities related to employment and training opportunities.

A further one-off allocation of £50,000 is expected to become available later this year will be ring-fenced for energy efficiency and micro-renewables projects within the area surrounding the wind farm.

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, adds: “We’re very pleased to be extending our relationship with the Hall Construction team – a fellow County Durham-based firm – through this latest onshore wind scheme.

“The Moor House wind farm will bring direct employment, economic and supply chain benefits to the area in which it is being built, and will also have a substantial long-term impact on the facilities available for local people through the community fund that will be linked to the clean, green electricity that it generates.

“The investment package we secured to fund our next three onshore wind farms is a real expression of confidence in both Banks Renewables and the wider UK onshore wind sector, and it’s exciting to now be accelerating the process of taking them all forward.

“Modern, efficient, indigenous onshore wind farms such as Moor House are acknowledged as providing the lowest cost form of renewable energy generation, and we firmly believe they have a central role to play in the UK’s future energy mix, as well as in generating more of the electricity that we all use via renewable means.”

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