Jones Bros reaches the first pour milestone on Benbrack Onshore Wind Farm31st Aug 2023

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has poured the first concrete on turbine foundations on the Benbrack Onshore Wind Farm.

Located in Dumfries & Galloway, the 15-turbine Red Rock Power-owned project saw the 290m3 pour completed in just eight hours making apt use of its on-site concrete batching plant.

Having commenced construction in October 2022, principal contractor Jones Bros has built 9.7km of access tracks to reach all turbine locations and is currently developing the control building.

Jones Bros project manager Jonathan Maitland said: “Reaching the key milestone of the first concrete pour is an exciting moment for the team as it signals the renewables scheme is on track.

“Minimising our impact on the environment has been a key goal for Jones Bros for decades, and our on-site concrete batching plant has been a vital part of that journey.

“After using it on projects across the UK, it was a significant boost to have it here at Benbrack Wind Farm.

“Coupled with utilising site won aggregates, we have significantly reduced vehicle journeys to and from the scheme.”

Red Rock Power project director David Fielding said: “We’ve made good progress since October and the first concrete pour signifies a key shift in momentum for the project.

“We’re on track to complete the construction of all 15 turbine foundations this year in preparation for component delivery in early 2024.

“Jones Bros’ onsite concrete batching plant and skilled team allowed for a smooth operation and will improve efficiencies across the remaining pours considerably.

“We have also been able to utilise aggregate materials gained on site from the approved borrow pit, further reducing the need for heavy plant vehicles travelling to and from the wind farm.”

Businesses interested in learning more about working on the wind farm project can visit: https://www.redrockpower.co.uk/supplychain/

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.

The company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highwaysflood and marine defencewaste management and renewable energy around the UK.

The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced nearly 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.