Shepherd wins prestigious industry award for NAREC

Shepherd Construction and SES are celebrating after their NaREC project walked away with two top honours at this year's Construction News Awards.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in Blyth, Northumberland won the prestigious Supreme Award as well as Project of the Year (£10m - £50m category) for the pioneering work undertaken.

The 57-strong panel of judges praised the expertise and collaboration employed by Shepherd, SES and the rest of the project team. The project comprised the complex construction of three ground-breaking structures that are now being used for the on-shore testing of next generation offshore wind technology.

The project began in January 2011 with the team completing the final of the three structures six weeks early in January this year, enabling NaREC to become the World's leading facility for the testing of offshore wind turbines, wind turbine blades and tidal turbines.

NaREC's Operations Director, Tony Quinn said: "This is a tremendous reward for the entire team, it highlights the merits of working collaboratively to deliver world-leading innovative engineering solutions. Right from the start there was a keen desire from the whole team to make NaREC's vision of a world-leading facility for offshore renewables a reality."