Wind farm awards over £1m of contracts to North East firms

Wind farm awards over £1m of contracts to North East firms

A new wind farm on Teesside has awarded over £1m to North East firms.

In March this year, regional employer Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, began construction work on the Lambs Hill wind farm, near Stockton.

Bury-based Cheetham Hill Construction were appointed as the main contractor, however over 20 additional sub-contractors have been awarded to work on the creation of the four-turbine scheme, with over £310,000 of contracts awarded to firms based in the Tees Valley area.

Successful contractors include waste recycling firm Scott Brothers of Billingham, B&S Scaffolding of Middlesbrough, Stockton-based Hope Construction and various accommodation and catering suppliers across the area around the site.

Contracts worth a further £740,000 have been allocated to companies elsewhere in the North East, including Express Reinforcement and testing & inspection firm ESG, both of Newcastle, and rainwater harvesting equipment supplier Oaklands Environmental of Washington.

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “Working wherever possible with businesses based in the communities around our projects is a key element of the way we work, and we're lucky to have a range of high-quality North East suppliers to which we've been able to turn for this project.

"We design all our schemes to bring a range of tangible economic, employment, social, supply chain and environmental benefits to the areas in which they're based, and awarding these contracts is just one of the ways in which we fulfil this promise.

"Work on the Lambs Hill site is progressing well, and we're looking forward to being able to generate clean, green energy from it by the end of the year."



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