Partnerships for Renewables (PFR) was set up by the UK Carbon Trust in 2006 to develop, construct and operate renewable energy projects on public sector land.
Wind energy feasibility studies
Arup provides PFR with screening and feasibility assessment of potential wind energy schemes.
Since 2008, the firm has undertaken more than 55 feasibility studies for projects ranging from multi-turbine sites to single turbines on complex sites. The studies cover a wide range of factors, from site design and appraisal to transportation, access and local planning policy review.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and planning application support
One potential wind energy site is at Louth Canal, where Arup is preparing a conceptual design and EIA for a wind farm of up to four 2.5MW turbines.
This challenging site is surrounded by an embankment to control floodwater, and the Arup design will ensure access without this embankment being disrupted.
Health and Safety
Arup also provides health and safety services to PFR. We wrote a new management system to assist in achieving international standard health and safety accreditation. As well as creating new procedures, we focused on how PFR optimise management of their suppliers and subcontractor relationships.
The firm has provided training to PFR to highlight client duties under UK Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations and to ensure that PFR are compliant. Arup has also focused on developing staff knowledge and risk assessment procedures.