Hornsea Project Two, Offshore Wind Farm

Developed by SMart Wind, this renewable energy project of up to 1.8 GW is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and is the second phase of what will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when constructed, following the grant of a Development Consent Order by the Secretary of State for Energy in 2016.

RPS provided a range of multi-disciplinary services, including transport planning for the onshore infrastructure elements of the project, which involved 40km of on-shore cabling, landfall, a substation, a converter station, Trenchless Technology sites and temporary construction compounds.

Transport planning services included: advice on construction access locations and requirements; identification of highway constraints; Swept Path Analyses; highway design work to overcome highway constraints; detailed estimation of construction vehicle movements; advice to on-shore cabling arrangements; advice on Abnormal Indivisible Loads; identification of sensitive receptors; undertaking of Environmental Impact Assessments and highway capacity assessments; advice on traffic management measures and mitigation measures; advice on land acquisition; negotiation with Highways England as well as the three Local Highway Authorities that the cable corridor passes through and advice to the content and wording of the Development Consent Order.

Transport planning advice continued throughout the examination period of the application including responding to third party and statutory consultee representations, responding to the examining authority questions, preparation and agreement of Statements of Common Ground, preparation of evidence and expert witness at the issue specific hearings.