GREEN PORT HULL
Following £310m joint investment by Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP), piling work at Europe’s largest wind turbine manufacturing plant commenced in July 2015. This is in preparation for the building of the blade factory and a separate servicing and maintenance facility at Alexandra Dock, Hull. The factory will be 39,600 sq m in size and the service and maintenance facility 12,300 sq m. The area covered by the Green Port Hull development is equivalent to the size of 78 football pitches.
The development is likely to be the single biggest influence on the local economy for generations, creating 1,000 new jobs, (90% for local people) along with a wealth of opportunity for local people and businesses. The intention is to have 250 people fully trained and ready for the first shift when the plant is up and running in November 2016.
The project cements Hull’s role at the heart of the UK’s renewables sector and will be a catalyst for further growth and investment throughout our region.
ENERGY FROM WASTE PLANT (ENERGY WORKS)
This plant on Foster Street will produce energy from waste using a combination of innovative renewable energy technologies, treating 250,000 tonnes of waste material per year. Energy Works will produce enough electricity to power 43,000 homes – that is over one-third of all homes in Hull.
KINGSTON PARKLANDS (STONEFERRY ESTATES)
Construction is planned for a £25m business park located on the site of the former Hedon Road Maternity Hospital, which is immediately opposite the Siemens offshore Wind Nacelle Plant (under construction) and is part of an Enterprise Zone. The project is needed to address the accommodation needs of the renewable energy and advanced manufacturing sector.
The project has been awarded a grant fund of almost £20 million from the European Regional Development Fund, in recognition of the role it can play in encouraging further innovation in this field.
ALBERT DOCK FLOOD ALLEVIATION
Construction is now complete on the Albert Dock Scheme. This is the first section of flood defences coming forward for construction due to the recognition that it was a local low spot in the December 2013 tidal surge and urgent works were required to improve the standard of protection. £3m of funding was secured towards the project from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) plus additional Recovery Funding of £4m from DEFA (total £7m). For more information click here.
A1105 ANLABY ROAD/PARK STREET BRIDGE
This project aims to greatly improve the traffic flow and reduce congestion on the A1105 Anlaby Road corridor outside the Hull Royal Infirmary. Plans are to widen the carriageway to improve capacity whilst also strengthening the existing Park Street Bridge to remove the existing 7.5 ton weight restriction. Works for bridge strengthening currently being designed.
Marfleet Environmental Technology Park
This site on Hedon Road (formerly Humbrol) has been developed to transform a closed factory into a £10m technology centre. Built in partnership between Stoneferry Estates and Hull City Council, the project has created 200 jobs.
As the site is zoned as an Enterprise area, the project benefited from ERDF (European Funding).
Housing Growth (New Build and Retrofit)
£550m investment over 10 years to improve the housing offer in Hull through new development and bringing empty homes back into use.
Green Data Centre
Proposal for a data centre to house computer systems and associated components powered by renewable energy, possibly produced on site. A feasibility is being undertaken to explore the current supply and demand for data centres in the region and to define the wider economic benefits.
Vivergo Bio Fuels
A £350m investment by Vivergo for a bio refinery which converts 1.1 million tonnes of locally soured wheat feed to produce 420 million litres of bio ethanol and 500,000 tonnes of animal feed each year. This is the largest UK bio ethanol producer and one of the biggest in Europe.
This site became operational in late 2012, with the official opening in July 2013. The plant created over 150 jobs directly on-site and supports over 2,000 jobs nationwide.
LED Street Lighting
Developed both to save energy and reduce maintenance and revenue costs, a budget of £1.2m has been set aside by Hull City Council, with an expected saving of £96k per year and 500 tonnes of carbon per year. Work is currently being delivered, with the first phase (2,000) to be completed by 2016.
This project has resulted in the installation of tracking devices being installed in waste management vehicles for data collection.
District Heating and On Shore Wind
This feasibility project is progressing to establish a network of pipes that distribute heat into homes and businesses from one combined heat and power source.
In addition a project is being developed to establish the potential of increasing the number of wind turbines within Hull’s boundaries, contributing to the development of Hull as a Renewable Energy Centre.
Cycling Infrastructure Upgrade
This project focuses on the development of key cycle routes in Hull and to its suburbs, including:
- Hull P&O Ferry terminal going west through to Hull City Centre via The Deep and Hull’s Old Town
- Hull City Centre to the Humber Bridge (including a link to Costello Stadium)
- Hull City Centre to Cottingham via the University of Hull
- Hull P&O Ferry terminal going east to Hedon
Biomass Fuel Storage
Opened in December 2014 – Associated British Ports has invested £25m in adapting its port facilities to meet the growing need of the UK’s renewable energy industry. This project was built in partnership with Hull engineering firm Spencer Group. It is envisaged that one million tonnes of pellets will pass through the 50m tall silo at Hull’s King George Dock each year. The silo stores 1,800 tonnes of the fuel which will be loaded on to trains for delivery to Drax power station.