Winds of change
The landscape architect was appointed to undertake the Seascape and Visual Impact Assessments of first and second developments of Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm, which is situated just off the Essex Coast.
The two schemes, consisting of 30 and 18 turbines respectively, generate 172MW of renewable energy sufficient to serve 120,000 homes, or approximately 20% of households in Essex.
This, in turn, has helped the UK achieve an offshore wind energy output of 1GW. This is enough to serve 700,000 households and makes the UK the world leader in this sector.
Colin Goodrum, a partner at LDA Design, said: “As the UK strives to meet tough targets, renewable energy is a continually growing industry. Since 1995, LDA Design has continued to provide expertise to this key sector and we regard the support we give to the renewable energy industry as an integral part of our contribution to help the country to meet the challenges arising from climate change.”
William Wheeler, project director, added: “Gunfleet Sands has not only been seen to boost the local economy, but it has also made a significant contribution to the country’s commitment of delivering 20% of the UK’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020.”