Articles From November 2010

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Leaves, leaves everywhere, and a lot of water to drink

Posted in News on Monday 15th November 2010 at 2:40pm

The eight hydro schemes which WRE regularly maintains for clients in Devon and Cornwall have been generating at maximum capacity recently, although these last few weeks have brought massive volumes of leaves and debris as well. This has meant extra work for the screening systems, but when there is so much water available it is important to keep output at maximum. It is good to see water levels up, after what has been a fairly dry early part of the year.

WRE’s directly employed construction team are just completing a system at Cotehele for the National Trust, and the good standard of finish required by the trust is evident on this site. We look forward to the handover, and adding the site to our list of operating sites. At the other end of the country, another scheme designed by WRE is taking shape. The Bainbridge hydro system in the Yorkshire Dales was designed by us, and is being built for the community based owning group by contractor A E Yates, with h2oPE as project managers. WRE looks forward to further involvement at this site in the new year. Elsewhere WRE are acting as lead consultant for a screw turbine project in Rochdale. The client, GMPTE, is developing a new transport interchange, and WRE has developed the proposal for a turbine and fish pass at the site over the last eighteen months. The development is now under construction as a design and build project under the auspices of Spaans Babcock, with WRE regularly on site coordinating between the client and contractor. Meanwhile at sites from Dartmoor to the Peak District small systems are being installed, with the owners carrying out much of the actual construction, with WRE designing it, and installing the powerhouse equipment under the MCS process.

These projects demonstrate that WRE is able to help clients in a range of professional roles, from design and construction with our in house team, to complete system design with construction put to tender, or high level coordination of projects delivered via design and build methods.

Which is the best route to take mainly depends on the client, and there is a broad range in the industry, WRE believes that our independence and flexibility is a key benefit.