Biggest wind turbine in UK comes to Heath and Reach

The country's biggest wind turbine will be built at Heath and Reach.
The country's biggest wind turbine will be built at Heath and Reach.

Building work is finally due to start on the country’s biggest on-shore wind turbine at Heath and Reach, three years after its planning application was originally approved.

The 450ft tall turbine will be situated at Double Arches Quarry in Eastern Way.

It will be a commanding feature, standing twice the height of the spire of All Saints Church in Leighton Buzzard.

Construction of the turbine is due to start on the week beginning Monday November 24, and is expected to be completed by Friday November 29.

Ian Foll, of AWE Renewables Ltd who are co-ordinating the project, said: “Assuming we don’t get dreadful weather, it should be built by the end of next week.

“The turbine comes in five sections, with a large nacelle – the main turning facility – that goes on the top of the turbine.

“In terms of generating renewable electricity, this is an exciting project. We anticipate it will generate 5.5 million kilowatts perhour.”

It is estimated the turbine alone would produce enough energy to power well over 1300 homes.

The project is currently being run by AWE Renewables on behalf of applicant Engena Ltd, specialists in renewable energy projects.

A Germany company have been hired to carry out the construction, which should take only a few days.

Back in 2011, plans for the turbine received strong support from environmentalists, Friends of the Earth, local quarrying companies and the Leighton Narrow Gauge Railway, who stated the country needed to embrace renewable energy.

No councils formally opposed the plans, although there were some concerns at the time from nearby residents