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Hornsea Project One: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to be Built

24 March 2016

Hornsea Project One: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to be Built

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Renewables giant and market leader DONG Energy has announced its Final Investment Decision to construct the world’s largest, and first ever gigawatt capacity, offshore wind farm: Hornsea Project One. The wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to meet the needs of over 1 million UK homes and is scheduled to commence operation in 2020.

RPS has provided coordinated offshore and onshore lead EIA and infrastructure planning services including landfall and alternatives assessments, impact assessments, the production of the Environmental Statement technical reporting and stakeholder consultation on the content. Provision of the comprehensive range of specialist environmental advice continued throughout the pre-application development phase and post-application examination phase. The 1.2 GW project, 120 km from the Yorkshire coast, will be built using 7.0 MW turbines and will cover an area of approximately 407 km².

Hornsea Project One will contribute to DONG Energy realising its strategic target to install 6.5 GW of offshore wind by 2020. Sole owner DONG Energy was awarded a Final Investment Decision Enabling Contract by the UK Government for Hornsea Project One in April 2014 with a fixed 15 year tariff. Development Consent for the project was granted in December 2014.

Alun Williams, Director of Offshore Renewables at RPS Energy said: ‘DONG Energy’s investment decision to build Hornsea Project One is great news for the offshore wind industry and we are proud to have taken a leading role in supporting the development of what will be, on completion, the world’s first offshore wind farm to exceed 1,000 MW in capacity’.

RPS is a world leading multi-disciplinary planning and environmental consultancy with unrivalled knowledge and experience supporting clients throughout the development process, including planning inception, design, implementation and final completion stages. For more information, visit our website.

As an original project partner for Hornsea Project One DONG Energy acquired the remaining 66.66% ownership of Hornsea Projects One in February 2015. DONG Energy acquired the remaining Hornsea Zone from SMart Wind – a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – in August 2015.

Perth’s AU$440m Elizabeth Quay Waterfront Development Open

23 March 2016

Perth’s AU$440m Elizabeth Quay Waterfront Development Open

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The recent official opening of the $440 million waterfront development at Elizabeth Quay is a defining moment in Perth’s progress as a City, and a special moment for every person who has been involved in delivering this iconic project.

RPS General Manager David Sim, said after working on the development for nine years, the RPS project team is excited to see the transformation from initial design vision to a stunning waterfront precinct.

“Elizabeth Quay has revitalised Perth’s Swan River shoreline providing an accessible public space that until now, has been missing from the City’s landscape,” Mr Sim said.

“The RPS team has enjoyed each stage of our involvement, supporting the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) address environmental and sustainability elements from initial design into construction.”

The Elizabeth Quay precinct consists of an inlet, extensive areas of public promenade, an island housing the reconstructed Florence Hummerston kiosk, an interactive water feature and play area, and several food and beverage outlets. The precinct is being opened today, with the surrounding nine development lots now ready for market, and subject to sales for the construction of a mixture of commercial, hotel, retail and residential development.

The RPS environment team has been working on the Elizabeth Quay project since 2007, undertaking the initial design process and major investigations, environmental reporting and management plans.

“RPS was heavily engaged during the first stage of construction, with 18 months of groundwater monitoring and contamination remediation activities occurring,” Mr Sim said.

“The second phase of construction saw RPS providing ongoing strategic environmental advice to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, including review of inlet water quality and dredging practices, with the RPS APASA team also providing advice on dredging and water quality aspects.”

The opening of Elizabeth Quay will bring the river and the city together again but RPS’ involvement does not end here. Post-construction environmental monitoring will be undertaken over coming years.

More information regarding the Elizabeth Quay development and opening weekend can be found at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority website: www.mra.wa.gov.au

RPS Helps Te Tumu Bay of Plenty Plan for the Future

04 March 2016

RPS Helps Te Tumu Bay of Plenty Plan for the Future

RPS’ expertise in community creation has been called on to assist future planning of a 760-hectare region known as Te Tumu Urban Growth Area in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.

Appointed by Tauranga City Council, RPS urban design and economics specialists will help inform council’s planning for the region, specifically in terms of location and density of housing and commercial and retail opportunities.

RPS Regional Technical Director – Urban Design Peter Egerton said the project involved understanding the complexities of balancing commercial realities against planning scheme expectations and a constantly changing market.

“From our experience of similar sized projects in a variety of growth corridors, we have a strong understanding housing product, housing choices and the realities of densities being achieved,” explained Peter “The constant balance with managing urban growth is to provide a framework that encourages innovation and better settlement patterns with the appropriate infrastructure and service provision. If there is a mismatch either way the existing community pays a price.”

Tauranga’s City’s population of 111,000 people has almost doubled in the last 20 years and by 2021 is expected to reach 141,000.

Te Tumu Urban Growth Area is approximately 760ha of land located within the Tauranga coastal strip, around 20-30 kilometres from the Tauranga City Centre.

Currently used for farming, the area is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the north, the Kaitana River, rural land to the east and south and the Wairakei urban growth area to the west in which residential development is now underway.

RPS Technical Director William Owen who will deliver the economics component said that when planning for major growth corridors, social and economic outcomes were equally as important as the delivery of land use outcomes.

“The focus is on a new sustainable community that will provide high levels of local employment while contributing to broader regional social and economic outcomes, he said “Our experience shows that investigation of economic need for retail/commercial opportunities must also consider broader impacts to established centres.”