Rampion Offshore Wind Operations & Maintenance Facility

HOP Engineers were commissioned by Rampion Offshore Wind (ROW) to design a new Operations & Maintenance facility in Newhaven Port, to service the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The facility will provide offices and welfare to the ROW Operations & Maintenance team, as well as an industrial warehouse for the maintenance of the wind farm. Working closely with the client, architects Corstorphine & Wright and Project Managers, we carried out the structural engineering design for the new steel framed building, and civil engineering design (externals and drainage) for the development. We worked from the planning stages through to tender and into the ongoing construction phase as the client’s engineering representative.

HOP Engineers were also brought in to produce the detailed design for new marine infrastructure, including the foundations for new cranes for the loading of materials onto transfer vessels, bunded refuelling facilities for vessels, and intricate surface water drainage designs, all with innovative ways to preserve and maintain the existing port infrastructure. As the principal designer on this separate element of the project, HOP Engineers’ experience of working in marine environments and in particular Newhaven Port has been central to the ongoing success and safe execution of the project.

Underlain by over 30 metres of soft ground, voided in places, the site required extensive investigations and careful design to prevent settlement of the new structurers and service yard, including complex piled raft structures, settlement tolerant surfaces and drainage, and collaboration with new Environment Agency flood defences that will run across the busy operational site. HOP Engineers’ dedicated teams continue to work to ensure this challenging project is kept in line with the tight programme, ready to connect up to the wind farm, which once complete, will service thousands of UK homes with renewable energy.

The 400MW Rampion project is being built by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company, Enbridge.

Image is courtesy of Corstorphine & Wright