Leading renewable energy company RES has awarded the main construction contract for Glenchamber
Wind Farm, between Glenluce, New Luce and Kirkcowan in Dumfries and Galloway to Luce Bay Plant Hire –
a family-run contractor based at Dunragit.
The contract, which is valued in the region of £8 million, will see Luce Bay Plant Hire complete both the
offsite road improvements for RES in preparation for construction starting on site and civil works for the
construction of the wind farm.
Commenting on the contract award Paul Nicolson, RES’ Construction Manager for Glenchamber
Wind Farm, said: “Glenchamber Wind Farm is RES’ first construction project in Dumfries and Galloway, and
we are extremely pleased to be able to utilise a local company. It is the first time RES and Luce Bay Plant
Hire have work together, but both of our companies have a clear appreciation of the need to deliver high
quality work to an agreed timetable, while minimising disruption for local people.
“During the development stage RES made a commitment to employ local companies and deliver inward
investment into the local economy during the construction and operation of Glenchamber Wind Farm where
there were services and supplies available to match requirements. As a company with a strong local
presence, we believe Luce Bay Plant Hire will help us to identify opportunities further investment in the local
economy but utilising even more local companies. We look forward to working with them to deliver a project
that will bring genuine benefits to the local area.”
Adam McIntosh, Managing Director of Luce Bay Plant Hire, added:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for Glenchamber Wind Farm. Luce Bay Plant Hire are
based eight miles away from the project and this contract demonstrates significant investment in the local
area. I wish every success to all involved in this exciting project.”
As well as direct employment at the site, Glenchamber Wind Farm will have a positive effect on the local
economy indirectly too; for example through increased use of local rented accommodation, catering and
Once the wind farm becomes operational, it will provide a community benefits package of £137,500 per year.
This will include a Community Fund to support local social, educational and environmental projects, and
RES’ unique Local Electricity Discount Scheme, which will offer an annual discount of £200 off the electricity
bills of properties closest to the wind farm.
Construction at Glenchamber Wind Farm will start during the week commencing Monday 9
th February and will take around 18 months to complete. The first section of works involves a programme of road
improvements which will deliver lasting benefits to local road users and visitors. Once operational, the wind
farm will be capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to meet the annual average requirements of
more than 20,000 homes.