THE latest installation at one of East Yorkshire’s newest business parks is helping the development live up to its name.
A 78m wind turbine now towers over Green Park, an eco-friendly business park between North Cave and Newport, being built by well-known developer Horncastle Group PLC.
The 500KW turbine, which has been supplied by Emergya Wind Technologies (EWT) UK Ltd, stands 50m to the hub and a further 28m to the tip of the blades.
It was erected in just eight hours earlier this month and is due to go live on October 31st, when it will feed electricity directly into the national grid.
Andrew Horncastle, chairman of the Horncastle Group PLC, said it had always been the company’s intention to build sustainable, eco-friendly commercial space and the wind turbine was a major part of that vision.
Mr Horncastle said: “The vision for Green Park was to create an environmentally friendly business space which is efficient and modern, catering for businesses of all types that have their eye on the future.
“Green energy and sustainability are such a huge part of business and life nowadays that we must build efficiency and environmental solutions into our developments as standard.
“The wind turbine is a big part of that. When it goes live at the end of October it will be feed a lot of the electricity straight back into the national grid, offsetting that used on Green Park. I t is a huge part of making the business park so efficient and ensuring it really lives up to its name.”
Despite being the standard white in colour, Mr Horncastle said he submitted a planning request to allow it to be painted the colours of a daffodil.
The original idea was to paint the tower green the hub orange and the blades yellow to resemble the centre and petals, but the application was refused by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Located just off Junction 38 of the M62, where the motorway meets the A63, Green Park includes an office zone, a warehousing and industrial zone and a commercial/retail and leisure zone when completed.
Phase one of the development is currently available, which includes 450sqft eco-offices and 900sqft eco-offices, as well as a 20,000sqft eco-industrial unit.
The first phase of the project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The buildings also have green credentials and are very energy efficient with Energy Performance Certificate ratings of A.
Future phases are now being planned and will include design and build packages to suit end users requirements. Further speculative development will also be undertaken if ERDF grant can be secured in the future.
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