Pochin appointed to wind farm base

Pochin Construction has started on site on a 23,000 sq ft operations and maintenance facility for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in North Wales on behalf of RWE Innogy UK.

Work is expected to complete by the end of 2014 to coincide with the end of construction of the 160-turbine wind farm. Pochin Construction has been appointed for the design-and-build aspect of the project at an estimated contract value of £3m.

The complex at the Port of Mostyn in North Wales will house more than 100 staff providing engineering, technician, management and administrative services.

Stuart Quinton-Tulloch, project manager at RWE Innogy UK, said: "This is an important step in establishing North Wales as the long term home of Gwynt y Môr.

"More than 100 staff and apprentices will be based here over the 25 year lifetime of the project, with the new building providing office space, marine co-ordination and control room functions along with welfare and warehousing."

Chris Whittaker, contracts manager at Pochin Construction, said: "We're proud to be involved with a project that not only promotes environmentally sustainable practice, but also brings sustainable investment, employment and further benefits throughout the community.

"Having a positive impact on the local area and local economy is a priority on all of our projects and evident in our work across Wales. To date, we have placed 38% of the contract value with Welsh companies, and will target local labour wherever possible."

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