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.
Preliminary evidence from an impact assessment, two years into a three year study, undertaken by the University of Hull’s Logistics Institute, shows that Greenport Hull has created more than 2,000 jobs in the renewable sector and its supply chain.
The project cements Hull’s role at the heart of the UK’s renewable sector and a catalyst for further growth and investment throughout our region.
ENERGY WORKS RESEARCH ACADEMY
The power plant research academy is now complete and in partnership with the University of Hull will play a key part in maximising the research and development opportunities Energy Works offers.
KINGSTON PARKLANDS (STONEFERRY ESTATES)
Kingston Parklands is an internationally-renowned business park that sets a new standard of excellence for the Hull and East Yorkshire area.
Investment in the region of £25million to redevelop the former Hedon Road Maternity Hospital site provides businesses with quality commercial space at affordable prices.
The development’s focus is on the renewable energy sector and environmental technologies that will help drive the Humber Estuary’s future economy.
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.
£200m investment in local flood infrastructure as part of a 6 year rolling programme (2015-2021)
The Hull Frontages flood protection scheme, led by the Environment Agency, presents an opportunity to review and improve a 19 kilometre stretch of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary to better protect thousands of homes and businesses that are at risk of flooding in Hull. The scheme will be complete by 2020.
This long-term investment will contribute to securing the viability of Hull and the wider Humber region, ensuring it retains its place as the eastern gateway to the UK economy.
Significant progress has already been made since the 2007 floods. Thousands of properties now have a reduced flood risk through the completion of major schemes such as the Bransholme Pumping Station, the Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme and the Albert & William Wright Dock flood defences. Many residents have also benefited from improvements to their local green spaces through the aqua green projects across Hull and Haltemprice. click here.
LIVING WITH WATER
Hull’s relationship with water is challenging because it sits within a river basin and parts of Hull sit below sea level and there is the ever present potential for a storm surge from the North Sea inundating the city.
However, Hull was built around water and it is one of the area’s biggest assets. By embracing that fact we can not only reduce the risk from flooding but we can also bring wider benefits to the area.
Living with Water is a fresh approach to addressing flood risk by making use of more sustainable solutions that work in harmony with the environment and which also provide wider benefits to the local community and economy, including access to green space, improved air quality and biodiversity benefits.
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.