Wind turbine factory to create 200 jobs in Hull

Work is set to start on the construction of a new wind turbine factory in Hull next month, creating 200 wind turbine technician jobs.

Finbarr Dowling, Siemens Hull Project Director, left, and Richard Offord, VolkerFitzpatrick Managing Director, sign the blade factory construction contract with Ross Dean, Siemens Hull Project Commercial Director, top left, and Jonathon Suckling, VolkerFitzpatrick Commercial Director.

Siemens today (16 July) announced the appointment of construction contractor VolkerFitzpatrick to build its new 40,000 sq ft factory, scheduled to be completed in autumn next year.


With partner Associated British Ports (ABP), Siemens is investing £310m in the Hull project – the city’s biggest ever inward investment. Siemens will employ around 1,000 people on the site, the majority within the blade factory.


The £310m project includes the creation of a new harbour and berths, building a separate service and logistics facility, raising the land for flood protection and strengthening the surface across the site for the storage and movement of large turbine components.


“People will soon see steel rising from the ground and be able to observe our progress as this state-of-the-art facility takes shape.”Siemens’ Hull project director, Finbarr Dowling, said: “We are delighted to have signed the contract for construction of the blade factory, which is another significant milestone for the project.


The facility will accommodate the manufacture of 75m turbine blades and the assembly, maintenance, storage and distribution of wind turbine components. The contract also involves the construction of office accommodation and welfare facilities.


In June Hull City Council’s Planning Committee gave consent for the blade factory and associated facilities. Development on site will also include construction of a 12,000 sq m building for the service and maintenance of wind turbines and storage of parts and equipment required in pre-assembly phases, which will be subject to a separate contract.


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