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Burbo Bank wind farm leads upsurge in construction

Liverpool Echo 24 August 2015

The Burbo Bank extension was the biggest contract awarded in the UK in July.

Merseyside and the North West led a huge increase in the value of infrastructure contracts awarded in July, new figures show.

A report by construction intelligence services specialist Barbour ABI showed the value of contracts reached £2bn, almost 90% higher than the same month a year ago, and the largest total for more than 18 months.

The largest contract awarded was the £250m extension deal for the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm by Dong Energy which will see an extra 32 turbines added to the 25 existing units off Burbo Bank, in Liverpool Bay.

And the North West dominated the UK scene with 32% of all contract values, a rise of nearly 25% on last year.

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “Over the last five months, continued spending on road projects and the growing amount of renewable energy contracts has propelled infrastructure to become the top performing sector in construction for July.

“The commissioning of the large scale infrastructure projects that we have seen in July is encouraging, but this momentum must continue to ensure growth is sustained.”