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Net zero carbon Operation + Maintenance building for Dogger Bank Wind Farm

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm O+M Building at The Port of Tyne under construction

Our construction of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, on the Port of Tyne, has positively impacted the region’s economy with over £7.5 million re-invested throughout the North-East.

We are committed to engaging local supply chain partners and a key focus has been placed on procuring local goods and services on all our projects.

To date, over £4.4million has been spent within the South Tyneside Local Authority area and a further £3.1m within the region. Dogger Bank JV partners Equinor, SSE Renewables and Eni, were also keen to ensure that local businesses were involved in the scheme which is due to complete this Autumn.

Our Group timber frame specialists, B&K Structures recently finished on site delivering the glulam frame and cross laminated timber roof and floor slabs to the new buildings, finishing two weeks ahead of programme. Our in-house design team completed innovative CLT member design and Steel, CLT and Glulam connection design work and the secondary structural steelwork was detailed, fabricated, painted and erected by B&K Hybrid Solutions.

Sustainability was key to the vision at Dogger Bank and was embedded throughout the design proposal stages. The project utilises environmentally friendly engineered timber, all of which is PEFC certified BMT-PEFC-0577 with a full chain of custody, which means it has come from a sustainable or well-managed source, that biodiversity has been considered throughout the forest management system and forest workers have been treated fairly. In line with the client Equinor’s ambition to become carbon neutral across by 2030, the project has been assessed for carbon intensity and emission reduction opportunities at every phase. The development will be validated as net zero carbon in construction and operation, under the UKGBC framework definition, with a minimum 20% of regulated energy demand met by on-site renewable generation sources.

When completed Dogger Bank will be capable of powering 6 million homes and the wind farm will create over 200 direct jobs in the North East of England. The facility is in line with the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, meeting net zero operational requirements, and it will also include EV chargers, solar panels and efficient heating systems to ensure the facility has a low carbon impact.

The wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply 5% of the UK’s demand, equivalent to powering six million homes.

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