UK-based AECOM has been appointed as lead consultant for a proposed new on-site wind turbine facility to be built at Lancaster University in north-west England. The proposed project is to develop two 2.3 MW wind turbines on the University’s Hazelrigg site to the east of the M6 motorway.

Lancaster University would be the first in England to install wind turbines, which should reduce its electricity consumption by approximately one third – equivalent to the residential requirements of all students who live on campus.

AECOM will advise Lancaster University on engineering issues in the lead up to a planning application being submitted at the end of the year. The site is said to be in an excellent location with a good wind resource’.

AECOM will act as lead consultant and owners’ engineer. If the planning application is successful, construction work is likely to start in early 2010.