Siemens contract creates 250 employment opportunities in Hull

24 September 2015: The appointment by Siemens of Clugston Group, based in Scunthorpe, to build a service and logistics facility at Alexandra Dock, Hull. (l-r) Shaun Cray, Siemens’ General Manager, Real Estate and Construction, for the Hull Project; Steve Radcliffe, Managing Director, Clugston Construction; Finbarr Dowling, Siemens’ Hull Project Director; Martin Tuck, Scunthorpe Regional Business Manager for Clugston. Picture: Sean Spencer/Hull News & Pictures Ltd 01482 772651/07976 433960

Siemens have awarded a major contract to Humber-based business, Clugston as part of its huge Hull development.

Clugston has been selected to build a 12,300sqm service and logistics facility at Hull’s Alexandra Dock which will support a wind turbine blade factory.

It will also be the logistics hub for Siemens’ UK onshore and offshore service business.

Clugston, based in Scunthorpe, said it would draw on its extensive local workforce and supply chain to retain and create jobs within the region.

Shaun Cray, Siemens’ General Manager, Real Estate and Construction, for the Hull project, said: “Clugston supplied the most competitive bid, in terms of programme and price, as well as proposing an innovative engineering solution to deliver enhanced value to Siemens, in order to secure this contract against significant competition from other high-quality regional and national construction companies.

“We are very pleased to be able to award a major contract to a company with a long history in the Humber region and, once again, deliver on our commitment to support local procurement wherever possible.”

Construction of the facility will begin in November and is due to be completed in early autumn 2016.

Steve Radcliffe, Managing Director of Clugston Construction, said: “As a local business whose involvement in the Humber area stretches back almost 80 years, we are excited to be playing a part in building this facility which will play such an important role in the growth of the offshore wind industry and establishing the region as the centre of renewable energy in the UK.

“Siemens has made a bold move in bringing a new manufacturing industry to the UK which will create 1,000 jobs directly and many more during construction and within supply chains, as well as acting as a major catalyst for investment and growth.

“This announcement is a further demonstration of how Siemens is generating substantial local employment and delivering significant economic benefits within the Humber region, even before our world-class facilities in Hull become operational.”

Earlier this month Siemens announced it had awarded a £1 million contract to Hull College Group which will see the conversion of an existing college facility in Hull to train the blade factory workforce over the next two years and support the company’s ongoing training needs.
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.

Mr Cray added: “The Clugston appointment is the final piece in the development jigsaw for the Hull project. The harbour regeneration works being delivered by contractors appointed by ABP are well advanced and VolkerFitzpatrick is making good progress on the blade factory.
“With this appointment we have completed the pre-construction activities and are now into the phase of delivering the harbour and buildings ready for operational start in autumn 2016. Everything is now in place to deliver all the Hull facilities within our project timeframe.”