Daffodil turbine first of its kind

31 August 2018

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A 62.5 metre green wind turbine with yellow blades and a nacelle has been installed on land behind The Royal Mint’s factory site and Royal Mint Experience visitor attraction in Llantrisant. It was painted to look like a daffodil and is part of The Royal Mint’s eco-energy drive. Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency negotiated the terms of the land agreement for the turbine.

Russell Davies, Associate Director said, “The turbine will provide electricity for The Royal Mint and contribute to their green energy programme. Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency team have represented many landowners across South and West Wales and Herefordshire in successfully negotiating leasing arrangements and rents with renewable energy developers for wind and solar farms on their land.

“To my knowledge this is a unique turbine, the first fully painted one in the UK and possibly a world-first, as they are all traditionally painted white. It has already attracted a great deal of social media attention and hopefully will become something of a landmark.”

Stuart Mitchell for The Royal Mint said, “The turbine’s primary objective is to generate electricity from a renewable resource and supports The Royal Mint’s energy sustainability programme. The fact that we have painted the turbine in the colours of the national flower of Wales is in recognition of The Royal Mint’s celebration this year of 50 years of being based in Wales. It also serves as a positive local landmark highlighting our Royal Mint Experience visitor attraction which receives nearly 100,000 visitors a year from around the world.”

Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency identifies energy sector property investments for institutional clients. It also handles valuation and compensation claims in connection with utilities work and negotiates wayleaves and easements over private land. Its Business Rates department advises wind and solar farm operators on business rate liabilities.

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP