Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces that its Balfour Beatty Jones Bros joint venture scooped a major UK industry award.
The Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Energy Project has been named civil engineering project of the year at the Constructing Excellence (CE) national awards, which recognise leading organisations, contracts, and individuals in the sector.
The award follows the Pen Y Cymoedd Energy Project winning civil engineering project of the year at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) awards in July.
The Balfour Beatty Jones Bros joint venture delivered plant and infrastructure services at the renewables site, which is the largest onshore wind farm in England and Wales.
The project adopted a local employment policy, which resulted in 65 per cent of its workforce being employed from a 35-mile radius of the site.
200 people worked at the 76-turbine wind farm at the peak of construction, with the local economy benefitting through pay packets being reinvested into the area.
The joint venture also established a ‘Wave Hello: Wave Goodbye’ scheme to protect pedestrians and cyclists from heavy plant vehicles as they passed through the 4,600 hectare land. The programme instructed site visitors to make visible contact with plant operatives, to ensure they were aware of their presence.
Zero waste was sent to landfill, as the project extracted and processed 700,000 tonnes of rock on the site, reducing demand for haulage vehicle journeys to and from the South Wales valley.
Eryl Roberts, joint venture project manager, said: “We’re pleased that Pen Y Cymoedd has been recognised by the industry as the best civil engineering project in the UK.
“Our approach ensured that the contract gave back to the economy, with 92 per cent of all labour sourced within Wales. We also worked with schools to organise 400 site visits during construction.
“One of the most pleasing aspects was health and safety, as the standard was so high it was rated Vattenfall’s number one site worldwide.”
Pen Y Cymoedd is owned and operated by Vattenfall and generates enough electricity to power 188,000 homes.
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Notes to editors:
• Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
• Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and the Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
• Jones Bros is an award-winning civil engineering company with expertise in energy and renewables, flood and coastal protection work and the construction of waste management facilities has fostered lasting partnerships with a variety of industry leading companies.
• Jones Bros expertise and forward-thinking approach has also earned it a reputation for undertaking construction work in some of the UK’s most demanding environments. From challenging terrain to projects in ecologically sensitive areas, our engineers relish the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for our clients.