Contractor wins deal to build wind turbine blade factory for Siemens in Hull

Wind turbines

VolkerFitzpatrick has won a deal to build a wind turbine blade factory for Siemens.

The contractor’s bid for the 40,000sqm factory in Hull was the “most competitive and robust” according to Siemens.

Construction on the project is set to begin next month and is due to be completed by autumn 2016, with around 200 jobs expected to be created during construction.

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.

Shaun Cray, Siemens’ general manager for real estate and construction, said: “VolkerFitzpatrick presented the most competitive and robust bid, with strong environmental and health and safety processes, a highly experienced project team and track record to deliver the project.

“A further key factor in VolkerFitzpatrick’s selection is their commitment to a significant proportion of local and regional suppliers and sub-contractors, with the entire supply chain within the UK.”

VolkerFitzpatrick managing director Richard Offord said: “This facility is a key element in establishing a new renewable energy industry in the UK, creating employment and wealth for the region.

“We look forward to working in collaboration with Siemens, stakeholders and our supply chain to demonstrate a one team approach for delivering this project.”

He added that the firm is looking to employ 40% of the labour for the project from within a 50-mile radius of the factory.