Jackson will be undertaking the second phase of construction for the £10 million operations & maintenance (O&M) base for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.
Representatives from the wind farm, Tendring District Council, the Port, Jackson and contractors working on the base together turned the first soil to kick-off the works which are planned to take around 12 months to complete and create 120 direct and indirect local jobs.
Jackson will start the construction of the design and build access road at the end of November. The 1km access road will be constructed off an existing roundabout and connect to the new maintenance building. This phase of the key project will be complete in March 2018.
Colin Garrod, Jackson Contracts Manager said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project, especially as it’s within our core local community. It will be providing not only jobs during the construction but also long term throughout the 25 year lease for the completed project.”
The Galloper Offshore Wind Farm lies approximately 30km of the coast of Suffolk and each year is expected to generate enough green electricity to power the equivalent of around 380,700 British homes.
Sean Chenery, Galloper Wind Farm O&M Manager said: “This is great news, not just for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm but also Harwich, Tendring and the wider East coast as it secures long-term jobs and a significant investment for the area.”
“I’m also delighted that the firms supporting the build of the facility are UK based, with two out of three being from the East coast. These deals are significant contracts worth more than £10 million, so the work represents a valuable boost for the local economy.”
Photo: Breaking the ground at the site of the Galloper Operations & Maintenance Base are (from left): Colin Garrod (Contracts Manager, Jackson Civil Engineering Group), Daren Taylor (GM, Harwich International Port), Guy Middleton (GM, Galloper), Zoe Fairley (Cabinet Member for Investment and Growth, Tendring District Council) and James Wilson (Director and GM, RG Carter).