The eagerly anticipated announcement that Siemens will be investing in Green Port Hull has arrived.
Siemens has confirmed its decision to invest £160 million in wind turbine production in Hull, directly creating up to 1,000 new jobs in the Hull region.
As the exciting development of Green Port Hull (GPH) by Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) begins in earnest, there are a number of key stages to go through.
On 3rd September 2014 Hull City Council granted planning permission for the new wind turbine production facility at Alexandra Dock, this will enable development to commence on the nacelle pre-assembly, project construction and logistics & distribution facilities and offices. Detailed planning for the proposed rotor blade manufacturing facility, approximately one mile of the north of the village of Paull will be submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council later in 2014.
There will be a new planning application for part of a 3.1 mile (5km) private road suitable for abnormal loads to link the two sites submitted later in 2014.
This will be followed by a tendering process for the proposed buildings at both sites, where one or more construction companies to partner the project will be selected. It is anticipated that preferred contractor/s will be appointed later in 2014.
By the early Autumn of 2014 ABP will have appointed their preferred contractor/s for the Alexandra Dock works.
By late Autumn 2014 we expect to see the start of construction, with the works completing at the beginning of 2017. It is anticipated both sites will be fully operational by the middle of 2017.
There will be many project milestones over the next three years and regular updates will be shared here.