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Preconstruction

What we offer

Once your site has achieved a planning consent, Wind Prospect will prepare the site for commercialisation. This process includes ensuring the project adheres to relevant legislations - eg health and safety law; appropriate turbines are chosen for the conditions of the site; designs for the layout of the site are completed - both civil and electrical; and all contracts required for the supply of electricity are completed. By the end of this phase the wind farm will reach financial close and construction can begin.

Health, safety and environment

  • CDM coordinator for design phase
  • Designer assessment & review
  • Tender information pack
  • Environmental management plan

Turbine specification

  • Power curve noise warranty
  • Siting & certification
  • Grid code compliance
  • Transport & erection

Electrical engineering

  • Electrical systems design
  • Electrical studies
  • System specification
  • Grid offer assessment & review

Civil engineering

  • Geotechnical specification & investigation
  • Infrastructure design
  • Turbine foundation design
  • Access studies
  • Highway approvals
  • Enviromental

Procurement & contracts

  • Turbine supply
  • Civil works
  • Electrical works
  • Balance of plant
  • Contestable works
  • Operation & maintenance
  • Power purchase agreement

Planning and environmental

  • Satisfying planning conditions
  • Ecology assessments and inspection
  • Construction method statements
  • Environmental management plans
  • Legal agreements
  • Consultation with statutory bodies
  • Amendments and applications

Legal agreements

  • Leases & wayleaves
  • Third party agreements

Construction

Construction Services can help to bring your projects to successful completion by acting in partnership with you and your investors by providing a comprehensive services package tailored to meet the specific requirements of your project. These are summarised as follows:

Construction Management Services - Commercial

  • Tender documentation services - WP can aid in the preparation of tender documentation and management of the tender services from initial pre-tender to post tender stage, by providing advice on the procurement strategy.
  • Budgetary Control - Wind Prospect provides financial progress reporting to the client management team to ensure client budgetary targets are achieved by monitoring and controlling costs. Preparation of estimates, cost models and costing reports are updated at regular intervals to ensure budget development and review throughout the project.
  • Cost Risk Management - Wind Prospect advises on cost and pricing of alternative design solutions. In addition, we provide cost management of projects during construction including change control, cost reporting, and valuations.
  • Value Management- We provide a service that is concerned with improving and sustaining the balance between the Client’s wants and needs and the resources needed to satisfy them. Increasing value to all our projects by improving our functions as well as reducing cost in order to deliver best value for all our clients. Our integrated team provide a positive approach to adding measurable value to the client.
  • Valuations and audits - Project and contractual completion, final cost accounting, warranties and release of retentions, bonds, insurance and contractual duties and obligations.
  • Claims, adjudication and arbitration support - Wind Prospect provides advice and support to any potential contractual claims and advocates an amicable settlement to any contractual dispute. Wind Prospect provides assistance to mediation, adjudication and arbitration processes
  • Lenders / Banks Engineer - We have undertaken Banks Engineer role for a number of projects.

Construction Management Services - Management

  • Project management - The project managers are solely responsible for the delivery of their projects from the development, pre-construction and construction phases. To enable them to undertake their duties they have access to all our in house expertise. The project manager acts a single point of contact with the client, providing regular reporting covering progress, commercial, Health and Safety, and may other issues as required by the client. Our project management systems are certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 and we are continuously updating our business systems to reflect best practice and lessons learnt from previous projects.
  • Site supervision - The site supervisors have a full time presence on site where their role is to ensure that the works are undertaken to specification, programme and comply fully with Health and Safety legislation. They also co-ordinate the onsite works between the various contracting entities, maintain daily work record sheets and liaise between the parties.
  • Stakeholder and consultee engagement - As and when required our project management systems are sufficiently flexible to enable Client to specify and undertake themselves or via external consultants or parties specific duties and responsibilities should they wish. Be it in the form of special environmental, Health and Safety, Banks engineer or other client input.
  • Landowner liaison and management - Landowner liaison and management is provided to ensure that the impact on the landowners activities are minimised, that the temporary and permanent design works are agreed in advance and any impact and remedial works associated with the landowners property such as land drains, fencing, etc. are agreed in advance and implemented as required. The site agent also provides a direct point of contact with the landowner or their agent should there be any concerns or issues which require immediate or prompt response. The Project Manager provides further input to this process during his regular site attendance should this be required and reported to the client.

Construction Management Services - Technical

  • Earthworks inspections and testing - WP provide a full range of inspections and monitoring to ensure that both the temporary and permanent works are comply with the contract requirements and specifications. These include: Analysis of materials sourced on and off site to ensure it meets contract specification; Monitoring of material placement and compaction; Monitoring of performance of materials and roads; Undertaking or witnessing of performance test, plate load and CPT etc; Monitor slope stability; Drainage performance; Structural inspections and remedial works design; Electrical testing, commissioning and inspections; array inspections and snagging.
  • Structural inspections and remedial works design - We provide a full range of inspections and continue monitoring of the installation of critical structural elements such as anchor, switchgear house, bridge structure etc. These include: Inspection, approval and geotechnical evaluation of anchor formation; Witness concrete placement, testing and curing for the anchors and analysis of concrete cube results to ensure full compliance; Approval, witness and test in necessary any remedial works required to bring permanent works to meet the contract requirements; Witness access works and test.
  • Electrical testing, commissioning and inspections - WP provides a full range of electrical inspections and monitoring by our experienced electrical engineers to ensure the electrical installations meet the contractual, equipment manufacturers and utilities requirements such that the works can be safely energised and the arrays can generate and export to the grid. These include: Review and approval of the Electrical contractors design; Review and approve Electrical contractor material suppliers; Attend and witness any off site testing of key equipment; Witness any onsite testing; Final inspections prior to energisation; Approval of contractor Safe System of Work; Monitor power quality and interface with grid
  • Equipment inspections & snagging - We undertake as part of the wind/offshore wind farm approval and hand over detailed inspections of the system equipment, these include: Inspection of the modules and inverters with preparation of detailed inspections sheets; Review of the array performance during the testing period including SCADA by one of our specialist operations engineers to ensure that the array has passed all the test criteria. Monitor any remedial works or repeat; testing as required.

Construction Management Services - Health and Safety

  • CDM coordinator (UK)/ Planning supervisor (Ireland) - We perform the role of CDM Coordinator (within the UK) and planning supervisor (in Ireland) alongside our day to day project management duties. With support from our dedicated safety team, the project management teams can call on any number of experts to assist with the duties and responsibilities tasked of a safety co-ordinator. This can include the early consultation with contractors, suppliers, designers to ensure that the installation, design and operations are compliant with specific health and safety legislations and meets both the clients and the utilities requirements
  • Principal contractor - We can perform the role of Principal Contractor during preconstruction and construction phases of projects, providing the management and supervision of subcontractors working on the site, providing Health, Safety and welfare facilities during any part of the construction process. We have undertaken this role on behalf of E-ON Renewables on several of their projects in the UK and have been subject to regularly audit by their own internal H & S team and the systems in place have proven to be well managed, effective and robust.
  • Ecology clerk of works - As is normally required as part of project planning conditions there is a requirement to develop and implement an environmental and ecological management plan. Depending upon the sensitivity of the site we can provide the various levels of Ecological supervision utilising either internally qualified personnel for patrol supervisor or if a continued provision for an Ecological clerk of works this can be provided by a number of our experienced Ecological consultants.
  • Site audits and inspections - We as part of our ISO accreditation our internal QA personnel undertake regular QS and Health and safety audits both on and off site, to ensure that our systems are properly maintained. This is further augmented with twice yearly audits by external auditing bodies.

Operation

What we offer

Keeping down-time to a minimum is essential for the profitable operation of a solar project as well as ensuring its longevity. Faults must be recognised early so that the right measures can be promptly implemented. This can prevent consequential damages and allows maintenance-related shutdowns to be scheduled ahead of time.

We offer the full range of technical, commercial and financial services focussing on enhancing investment returns for the project owner. Our experienced team ensures ‘best-in-class’ standards of health, safety, performance, financial compliance and asset optimisation. Our services include:

  • Commercial & contracts management.
  • Financial management & administration.
  • Site management & inspection.
  • Health, safety & environmental compliance.
  • Data acquisition, storage & analysis.
  • Detailed operational reporting.
  • Continuous monitoring & control.
  • Site optimisation & operations assessment.
  • End of warranty inspecti
  • Operation and maintenance contract review