Following an extensive period of public and stakeholder consultation Dalby Offshore Services have now released their final design proposals for the “Yorkshire Offshore Renewable Energy Operations and Maintenance Centre” which is to be built on Endeavour Wharf , Whitby in the coming months.
Public and stakeholder consultation was held throughout 2014 and 2015 and the design is the culmination of this activity. The final scheme has been developed to take account of comments received from members of the public and stakeholders such as Historic England, Whitby Civic Society and Whitby Town Council. As a result the roof height has reduced and greater emphasis has been given to flood protection measures and the external appearance of the building.
The facility will act as the base for the transfer of goods and personnel to and from vessels bound for the offshore wind developments in the North Sea, primarily to the Dogger Bank and Hornsea sites. The building will house crew welfare and handling facilities, small goods cargo transfer area, operational office space and marine control facilities as well as some public exhibition space.
Dalby will be moving their own operation to the site and believe the facility will attract a number of other major marine renewables employers into the area. They anticipate that up to 300 direct jobs will be created in and around the site over the next 5 years.
Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet will now consider the final design and lease agreement on 16 February 2016. Subject to the Council’s consent Dalby will undertake detailed technical design and site surveys during the following weeks. Dalby then aim to commence construction in late spring /early summer of 2016 with a view to having the facility fully operational by spring 2017.
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A copy of the designs and information about the development will also be placed in the Whitby Tourist Information Centre.