An operations and maintenance facility to manage 56 of the world’s largest and most advanced turbines

Background

The Galloper Wind Farm, located 30km of the coast of Suffolk generates enough energy for up to 380,000 households each year. In 2018 it commenced construction of a 140,000 sqft building that will be the operations and maintenance base for the project for the next 25 years, allowing the sixty-strong team to move from temporary facilities to a dedicated space in Harwich International Port in Essex.

The project
The building was to include a 24/7 wind farm control room, office space, a gym, cafe and warehousing all in one location.

Galloper selected IE to co-create the interior design and quickly align with the build programme. Our concept aim was to represent the local area as well as the construction and nature of the wind farm itself.

After submitting preliminary design concepts, the final concepts were agreed. Hosting several design workshops over a few weeks enabled us to curate a bespoke scheme for the client, allowing them to touch and feel products and finishes while seeing in real-time the effect of design choices on budgets. We were then able to specify the furniture, finishes, lighting schedule and graphics to fit the design.

The building features office space designed for flexible working while the modern furniture in the four meeting rooms is complemented by graphical representations of the room names, named after local landmarks. The story of Galloper and construction of the wind farm is retold on the walls of the corridors and café areas.

The finished, state of the art building is now somehwere where the staff look forward to going to work and will allow for the efficient management of the wind farm for the lifetime of the 25-year project.

the facts

Suppliers

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Size

140,000 sqft

Duration

Six-month project, three-week installation

It has been an absolute pleasure working with you the past six months to get Galloper a beautifully finished building, and it is very much down to your care of service!

Bruce Harrison, Galloper Wind Farm Project Manager

 

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