CEC enters US market


Truro-based Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC) has made a foray into the American market.

CEC’s team of landscape architects were chosen by a major US company to produce photomontages of wind turbines for a sensitive project in Pennsylvania.

The company was hand-picked on the strength of its previous work in Cornwall and across the south west, involving the use of advanced computer modelling and CGI techniques to create accurate realistic images of renewable energy and other projects.

One of CEC’s photomontages showing a wind turbine proposal in Cornwall
One of CEC’s photomontages showing a wind turbine proposal in Cornwall

The contract is part of the planning proposals for two 148.5m high wind turbines which will help to power a major US government storage and distribution facility – hence the element of secrecy involved.

Principal landscape architect, Birgit Hontzsch, said: “We discussed in detail with our American clients what they required and the quality of the photographs and views we needed from them.

“We then modelled the type of turbine they were proposing to erect and used digital height data to produce the images. Our clients were impressed with the speed and efficiency of CEC’s service and were very pleased with the end results.”

CEC has completed many similar projects in the south west, usually as part of landscape and visual impact assessments for renewable energy projects.

CEC director, Phil Hills, added: “This is great news for us and for Cornwall, demonstrating the strength of our professional and technological capabilities.

“It’s a bit of a hush-hush project due to its nature so we can’t give more details about it, but it underpins the need for Cornwall to stay ahead of the game in the digital economy.”