Rock solid local relationships at South Lanarkshire wind farm

May 14, 2018 | Kype Muir News

Pictured above, left to right: Gordon Campbell; Mick Smith, both of Hillhouse Quarry Group and Jeannie Kielty, The Banks Group

A local quarry firm has benefited from a £1.65million contract at a nearby wind farm as Hamilton based developer Banks Renewables delivers on its commitment to “buy local”.

Hillhouse Quarry Group has supplied aggregates to create concrete for turbine bases at Kype Muir wind farm, which is currently under construction. Kype Muir wind farm consists of 26 turbines that will generate over 88MW of green electricity and it is expected to be fully operational by early 2019.

The seven figure contract was awarded as a result of the developer, Banks Renewables’ Connect2Renewables (C2R) initiative, which is supported by South Lanarkshire Council and the local community, and which includes a commitment to prioritise local firms throughout the construction and operation of the wind farm.

The firm’s main quarry is in Troon, however its sand and gravel deposits are located at Muirkirk just 12km from Kype Muir – with over 13,000m3 of concrete and almost 26,000 tonnes of sand and aggregate produced for the wind farm.

The contract required four permanent members of staff making concrete on-site, as well as an off-site support team.

Gordon Campbell, commercial manager with Hillhouse Quarry Group, said: “It’s good to see a developer prioritising local firms throughout the supply chain – and then sticking to their word.

“Our contract is principally with RJ McLeod, who likewise are committed to using local businesses wherever possible thanks in part to their agreement of the C2R framework.

“This is a very large contract for us and it is important to be able to secure the work for our teams – which in turn provides greater benefit to local communities.”

Kype Muir Wind Farm, which is being built by Hamilton based family-owned company Banks Renewables, will generate a boost to the local economy throughout its life span.

Construction work, including the erection of the turbines and the connection of the site to the national grid, is due to be completed early next year [2019], when the wind farm will be fully operational.

The Kype Muir project sees Banks delivering on the commitments made within its ground-breaking C2R scheme, which is expected to deliver over £100million into the local economy over the next 30 years.

Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “After years of planning and hard work in the background, I’m delighted – on behalf of our team – that we are now delivering on our commitment to support local firms.

“Our C2R Charter is about making a real connection between what we do and the people and businesses in the area that we operate. I believe it is helping to define best practice for the industry and will encourage ever greater participation and partnership working.

“A wind farm as large as Kype Muir really should be something that supports the local economy and that is what we are now starting to see happen.”

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