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Customer

Awel Aman Tawe

Location

Pontardawe, West Glamorgan

Value

£1.75M

Mynydd y Gwrhyd Wind Farm is entirely owned by the local community and now stands as the largest community owned wind farm in Wales. Our works were associated with the installation of two Enercon E-82 wind turbines. Over 90% of the materials used were purchased within the local area and over 80% of the labour employed was based locally or from Wales.

1.3km of new access track was constructed across common land. This area was of ecological importance where there was a requirement to maintain the fauna, flora and notable grasses. Blast furnace slag recycled materials were used from Margam Steel Works to construct the access tracks and hardstanding areas.

The scheme was nominated for the Roy Edwards Award because of its collaborative nature with the local community. Throughout the construction of the project over 150 members of the public visited the site; it was featured on BBC4 news programmes in Welsh and English; six Welsh Assembly members visited the site and the scheme was heavily promoted by Michael Sheen (the Hollywood actor), Paul Thorburn (the former Welsh rugby captain) and Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales).

£1.7m worth of community shares were bought by the local community to enable this scheme to become a reality. This is the highest ever raised in Wales for a coop share. Alongside this, the construction element has ensured that the local community and economy have benefitted from the development of the scheme.

our sectors

Knights Brown performed very well on this project in terms of quality, cost and time. The team worked very well as part of an integrated delivery team with the Employer to the benefit of the project

- Marc Bryan, Portsmouth City Council

Sites are always very well presented. First impressions count and if a site looks well organised and clean when you arrive then generally this is applied throughout the management of the projects. Indeed, all five projects I am Cummins PM for, have been managed to a high standard and equally the safety records and standards are very good.

- Iain Brooks, Cummins

Site staff were pleased to have had Knights Brown on the team, they were proactive from day one to the end towards potential issues and responsive to a changing site environment for works.

- David Sheldon, Cummins