Leading UK energy company, EDF Energy Renewables, has opened a project office in Blyth to manage the construction of a new offshore wind farm. Up to 40 new jobs will be created through the new project office investment and when complete, the new offshore wind farm will provide enough low carbon electricity to meet the average annual needs of 34,000 homes.
EDF Energy Renewables recently moved into Blyth Workspace, an office space owned and managed by Arch Commercial. Both Arch’s Commercial team and Business Support team worked closely with EDF, determining their requirements which included support with applying for relevant Enterprise Zone grants and locating the entire project team to Blyth.
Arch supported EDF’s IT team, ensuring the company’s IT connections and equipment were successfully installed and liaised with both EDF and furniture providers to ensure each office was furnished to a high standard and completed on time.
EDF Energy Renewables’ new team office at Blyth Workspace will facilitate the planning, management and coordination of all the engineering and construction activities associated with the new development which at it’s peak will include 200 people working on the scheme.
Marcel Sunier, Project Director, said: “I’d like to thank both the Business and Commercial team at Arch for all of their support with finding suitable premises for EDF Energy Renewables’ Blyth project team and also for the support we received from Arch during our move into the new office.
“This is an important project for us and we are delighted to be moving into the heart of the Blyth community. As the project develops we will look to hold some meetings next year for those local people who want to know more about the project.”
The Arch Commercial team own and manage a commercial and industrial portfolio of over 1.5 million sq ft and this continues to expand as they grow the business further through acquisition and development. Arch’s portfolio consists of industrial workshop and warehouse units, office buildings, suites, business parks, retail parks and Shopping Centre as well as five managed workspace buildings.
Councillor Dave Ledger, Chairman of Arch said: “EDF Energy Renewables’ investment into Blyth significantly strengthens our offering to companies investing and operating within the global offshore energy sector, specifically around offshore wind.”
“Blyth Workspace is in the ideal location for companies like EDF Energy, situated in a location with other prime Northumberland energy businesses and fantastic transport links for the A1 and Newcastle. Northumberland continues to be a progressive, enterprising and fantastic place to do business.”