Siemens has started work on the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine blade factory and associated facilities on Hull’s Alexandra Dock in the Humber Estuary. The factory was designed by Perkins+Will, and the project is set to complete in 2016.
The works will comprise the construction of a 39,600 sq m factory at the western side of Alexandra Dock for the manufacture of 75m turbine blades. There will be open and covered areas for the assembly, maintenance, storage and distribution of wind turbine components and a 12,300sq m building at the south east corner of the site will accommodate the ongoing service and maintenance of wind turbines and storage of parts and equipment required in pre-assembly phases. There will also be new office accommodation and welfare facilities, as well as service areas and ancillary facilities, infrastructure, parking, and landscaping.
The Alexandra Dock site is 540,000 sq m in total, the equivalent of 78 football pitches. Development of the site will also include the partial infill of Alexandra Dock to provide additional storage areas, a new quay for loading of part-assemble turbines for shipping to offshore wind farms, roll-on and roll-off ramps for the unloading of wind turbine components. This work is being undertaken for Siemens by Dock owners, Associated British Ports.
The Siemens facilities will create 1,000 jobs, with more during construction and in the supply chain, stimulating further investment and economic growth in the area. The investment will also make a key contribution to meeting Britain’s targets for renewable energy generation and to driving down the costs of wind power.
Cesar Rodriguez, Senior Associate and Project Director at Perkins+Will, said: “The design brief was to create an architectural yet efficient design that would accommodate and integrate the wide range of services and production requirements of the three facilities, taking into account budget, technical requirements, the size of the turbines and potential plans for future expansion.”
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