AECOM has been appointed as lead consultant for a proposed new wind turbine facility at Lancaster University.
The proposed project is to develop two 2.3MW wind turbines on the University’s Hazelrigg site to the east of the M6 motorway. Lancaster University would be the first in England to install wind turbines which would reduce its electricity consumption by approximately one third – equivalent to the residential requirements of all students who live on campus.
AECOM will advise Lancaster University on engineering issues in the lead up to a planning application being submitted at the end of the year. Bill Logan, project director said: “AECOM is proud to be selected for this important project that will significantly reduce reliance on grid electricity and address the issue of climate change. The site is in an excellent location with a good wind resource.
“This project provides AECOM with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our capability to design and manage the construction of renewable projects of all sizes.”
The wind turbines would make a significant contribution towards Lancaster University meeting the UK Government’s targets of reducing carbon emissions by 26% for the year 2020 and 80% by 2050.
AECOM will act as lead consultant and owners engineer providing mechanical and electrical and civil and structural design services.
If the planning application is successful construction work is likely to start in early 2010. AECOM will continue to work with Lancaster University through the tender, procurement and construction process.