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Lawrie Make Way for Renewable Energy

Leiths, Lawrie 

In March this year, Lawrie Demolition mobilised to Bankhead Cottage in Wick to complete its demolition for RWE Renewables UK.

The cottage, which sits at a crucial pinch point between Thurso Road and Bankhead Road, needed to be brought down to enable the transportation of large wind turbine components to an onshore windfarm site called Camster II in Caithness. The transport of these components is notoriously difficult through Wick. The removal of this cottage will not only enable the completion of the current windfarm Camster II, but it will allow for even larger components to be accepted through Wick Harbour and delivered across the country. Boosting Scotland’s ambitions to deliver 20 Gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030, the equivalent to 50% of Scotland’s total energy demand.

Lawrie used its own labour and plant but employed local waste disposal contractors to remove the materials from site. In line with our support of a circular economy model, 95% of materials from site were recycled. We even helped a neighbour mend her fence that had been damaged due to high winds with some timber collected on site!

The project was a success from start to finish and completed 7 days ahead of schedule, with the site being handed back to RWE on 3rd April. This is the first time Lawrie and RWE have worked together but we were pleased to work on a project that aligned with our own environmental ambitions, and one which showed our commitment to quality. We hope this is the beginning of a great relationship between us going forward.