Gael Force Renewables, a joint venture between McLaughlin & Harvey and W&H Alexander, along with SSE Renewables were presented with a Gold Green Apple Award for Glenconway Wind Farm at the House of Commons in London on 12 November 2013.
Gael Force Renewables were recognised for their innovation in civil engineering by incorporating the principles of Green Value Engineering by eliminating the need for 500m of access track, one turning circle and piling at one base. By making these changes GFR identified £350k of cost savings and 171 tonnes of carbon savings. Other innovative approaches adopted during the project included environmental coaching and workshop training by the design team in peat stability, archaeology, sustainable drainage systems and ecology.
Community engagement initiatives were also implemented, including inviting the Ulster Wildlife Trust to carry out bespoke biodiversity talks at three local primary schools and organising a schools art competition. Furthermore, environmental best practice talks were given to local colleges, universities and stakeholder groups.