Grimsby operations base for Westermost Rough up for national building award

16.09.2015 11:00
​The Westermost Rough offshore wind farm Operations & Maintenance (O&M) building, located on the Grimsby Royal Dock, has been nominated for a national building award.


Having won best commercial building at the regional South Yorkshire & Humber awards, the Westermost Rough O&M building is now in contention for the national prize at The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2015.


Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Westermost Rough at DONG Energy, said:


"The Westermost Rough O&M building is a fantastic new state-of-the-art facility and I'm delighted it's getting national recognition. The building is the first in the world to operate huge 6 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbines and we're very proud of its place on the historic Grimsby Royal Dock.


"Being nominated for a national building award is testament to the successful design and construction of the building, which is now operating daily with Westermost Rough delivering clean green energy to the national grid."


Frank Zeller, Civil Project Manager at DONG Energy, said:


"Construction of the Westermost Rough O&M building began in January 2014 and was completed in December the same year. The building features a 900 square metre office and a 1,800 square metre warehouse. It is designed to accommodate 20 office workers and 30 technicians working in shifts.


"The construction was done in a very safe environment with more than 50.000 hours of work without any lost time injury frequency (LTIF)."


Rob Sampson, Head of Operations for Westermost Rough at DONG Energy, said:


"The building has been designed to last for the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm. It provides us with the functionality to be able to effectively respond to our operational requirements. Efficiency in operations is extremely important and the site is ergonomically designed with that in mind. We have a great logistical set up for vessels, a huge warehouse for spares and a modern office space. The working environment really is exceptional."


The LABC Grand Finals will take place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at the Lancaster Hotel in London.


Westermost Rough was officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby in July.

The offshore wind farm is capable of generating up to 210 MW of electricity – delivering enough energy to the national grid every year to meet the annual electricity demands of well over 150,000 UK homes. It is the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of 6 MW wind turbines with 75 metre blades. Each of the 35 turbines in use is taller than the Humber Bridge.





Notes to editors:


1.      Westermost Rough is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners Marubeni Corporation (25%) and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (25%).

2.      Other companies involved in the construction of the Westermost Rough O&M building include Hobson and Porter (Contractor), Roff Marsh Partnership (Architect), Hoggarth Cooke Partnership (Quantity Surveyor), Energy Practice (Mechanical and Electrical Engineer), J.P.Chicks (Structural Engineer), Beckett Rankine (Marine Designer) and Intermarine LTD Marine (Contractor).


About DONG Energy:
DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. Our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. Headquartered in Denmark, DONG Energy has around 6,500 employees, including 600 in the UK. The Group generated DKK 67 billion (EUR 9.0 billion) in revenue in 2014. For further information, see


For more information, please contact:

James Platt, DONG Energy

020 7811 5519


About Marubeni Corporation:

Marubeni Corporation, a large, publicly traded Japanese company, founded in 1858 and incorporated in 1949, has its principal office in Tokyo, Japan with 120 offices in 66 countries/areas. Marubeni is involved in the handling of products/services in a broad range of sectors and conducts business investment, development and management on a global level. As the owner of numerous projects, Marubeni is committed to creating long-term value from its investments in the power and infrastructure sector. For further information, see


About the UK Green Investment Bank

UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched in late 2012. With funding from the UK Government, it is the first bank of its kind in the world. It is a "for profit" bank, whose mission is to accelerate the UK's transition to a greener economy, and to create an enduring institution, operating independently of Government.

GIB is wholly owned by HM Government. The Company is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. A wholly owned subsidiary UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.