Job satisfaction often comes with being involved in a great variety of work and, over the years, Create the Space has certainly been involved in some very interesting and different projects. But there is always something new, so when in mid-2009 we were asked to support The Crown Estate in the Round 3 offshore wind farm launch programme, we jumped at the chance of not only being involved in something completely different, but also something that would impact on the lives of everyone in the UK and potentially the rest of the world.
On January 8th 2010, it was announced in Parliament that the UK has a legally binding target to produce 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and that this would be achieved by the development of nine offshore wind zones that together will generate 25GWs of power. To achieve this world-first in wind power, The Crown Estate, who own the seabed around the coast of Britain (and 50% of the foreshore), identified nine developer organisations/consortia to build and maintain the offshore wind farms. This multi-billion pound project will provide power for at least the next sixty years and will result in the creation of c70,000 jobs. Once established, it is anticipated that the ground-breaking technology will be sold not only to the rest of Europe, but throughout the world, with the potential of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in technology and manufacturing.