Offshore project lands top award

The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project has been awarded a prestigious honour at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Robert Stephenson Awards
The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project has been awarded a prestigious honour at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Robert Stephenson Awards

An engineering project has been awarded a prestigious honour.

The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project, delivered by BAM Nuttall for EDF Energy Renewables, was the Large Project category winner at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Robert Stephenson Awards.

The scheme has used several different innovative techniques and methods of construction to produce five ground-breaking Gravity-Base Foundations.

Judges said it was “a technically innovative project that could be a game changer for offshore wind energy production, being the first project of this type in British waters”.

In addition to the scale and complexity of the project, the judges were impressed with the consideration of the life cycle of the construction elements, in which the bases can be re-floated and recycled on land as part of the decommissioning process.

Professor Lord Robert Mair, president of the ICE, who presented the award, said: “The Institution’s North East Dinner and Awards ceremony represented the very best of civil engineering in the region and showcased many impressive infrastructure projects that have helped generate economic gains across the north east of England.

“The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project has significantly improved the process of landing windfarm foundations, and as green energy is an important area of growth in this country, a scheme that makes construction more productive can only be a good thing.”