CEEQUAL Whole Project Award

Dec 19, 2014

On Thursday 4th December 2014 at the Annual ICE Dinner (held in the Europa Hotel), David Balmforth, the current President of the ICE and David Porter, the current Regional Chairman of ICE Northern Ireland jointly presented a CEEQUAL Whole Project Award to the Design & Build Team on Glenconway Wind Farm.

The recipients of the award were:

  • Byrne Looby Partners (Principal Civil and Geotechnical Designer)
  • The Developer and Client Organisation (SSE Renewables)
  • Gael Force Renewables (Main Contractor)

Pictured (L-R): Danny Glynn, Pat Tierney, David Porter, Louise Friel, David Balmforth & David Fisher.

Glenconway Wind Farm was developed by Gael Force Renewables Ltd on behalf of the Client SSE Renewables. Byrne Looby Partners were geotechnical and civil engineering designer to the contractor for the project. The project started in May 2012 and was officially opened in November 2013. The overall project will deliver enough green energy to power 46,000 homes. Glenconway is part of the Slieve Kirk Wind Park, Northern Ireland’s largest renewable generating site.

The project set objectives for innovation in sustainable civil engineering which was achieved through the development and implementation of a Green Value Engineering Methodology. The procedure was communicated to all engineers to ensure that all environmental risks and opportunities were identified and incorporated into the decision making process.

Innovation in Environmental Coaching and Training was another objective for the site with environmental workshops being held to improve awareness of pertinant site issues  including Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), water quality, bio diversity, peat stability and peat slides. Workshops were given by subject matter experts to all site workers.

The project involved significant reinvestment in the community with SSE using many local suppliers. It is estimated that total local community and supply chain investment was in region of £55million during the construction of the overall Slieve Kirk Wind Park. Workshops were held for students and local schools increasing awareness of renewable energy, conservation and environmental risk.

To reduce carbon emissions a 15-seater mini bus was provided to encourage car sharing and lunch was provided for employees to reduce journeys and packaging waste.

Some examples of the benefits of Green Value Engineering at Glenconway include:

  • The need for piling at one base was eliminated  which saved importing 40 loads of concrete and 17 tonnes of reinforced steel (Total carbon saved was 131 tonnes)
  • Eliminated the need for approximately 500 metres of access track.  The environmental benefits included reduced habitat severance, runoff potential and volume of materials required. (Total carbon saved was 30.4 tonnes)
  • Eliminating the need for a turning circle at one base by agreeing with Siemens (the turbine supplier) to reverse the turbine deliveries up to the base.  The change eliminated the need for 948m2 of hardstanding.  The environmental benefits included reduced habitat loss and fewer materials required. (Total carbon saved was 9.5 tonnes)
Using the green value engineering methodology identified £350k of cost savings (approximately 10% of geotechnical costs) and 171 tonnes of carbon savings.

Danny Glynn received the award on behalf of Byrne Looby Partners. The scheme was awarded an overall ‘Excellent’ rating and also completed the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) assessment with an exceptional 48/50 in its CCS assessment. Other awards that the project received include:

  • Green Apple Award in 2012 and 2013
  • Business and Biodiversity Award from BITC in 2013;
  • CCS Silver Award in 2013; and
Based on the high score achieved should receive a CCS National Award in 2014.