Client: SSE Renewables; Main contractor: Roadbridge
The Athea windfarm site is situated approximately 6km north of the town of Abbeyfeale and close to the village of Athea in the west of County Limerick. The site stretches across a variety of habitats, including upland blanket bog and heath, coniferous tree plantations and rough agricultural grassland.
The Athea Wind Farm was constructed by Roadbridge on behalf of SSE Renewables. The civil engineering works for this project consisted of the construction of the access roads, hardstands, 16 turbine bases, demolition of four existing turbine bases, a substation building, the installation of a permanent met mast and 16 GE-manufactured wind turbines with a total capacity of 34.35 MW. Work on site began in September 2012 and was completed in February 2014.
CEEQUAL is the assessment and awards scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering and the public realm. The scheme assesses the project from planning and design to construction, and it ensures that the principles of sustainability have been built in through to the operational phase. An assessor is appointed by the project team to gather supporting evidence for over 200 questions from the client, design team and construction team during the construction works.
This evidence is then assessed by a verifier appointed by CEEQUAL. The verifier visits the site throughout construction. Once the verifier has completed their assessment and awarded an outline score, a ratifier is appointed by CEEQUAL to further assess the evidence provided.
The Athea Windfarm became the first windfarm project in Ireland to achieve a CEEQUAL Award and only the second-ever project within the country to gain this accolade. The site was awarded a score of 92%, placing it within the top-scoring assessments undertaken by the scheme.