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Siemens vision of its future in Hull

2016 will see the culmination of the years of planning that have gone into the multi-million pound Siemens development. Around 1,000 jobs will be created at what will be the biggest wind turbine factory in Europe.

The plant is due to open in September and after years of steady decline, it should bring much needed prosperity to the city of Hull. James Webster has been given an exclusive tour of the site to see how work is progressing and meet some of those hoping to work there.

After his tour, James met up with the Siemens Project Director, Finbarr Dowling, to find out more about the company's vision for their future in Hull.

Construction work progressing well on Alexandra Dock site

Construction work on the Green Port Hull Alexandra Dock site is progressing well and is on schedule for an early 2017 completion, Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced.

Alexandra Dock in Hull Credit: Associated British Ports

The 54-acre site, which ABP and its main contractor GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture (JV) are preparing for Siemens’ offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility, is being transformed in Hull’s biggest engineering project since the port was built.

The enabling works undertaken by ABP and their contractors are worth £150 million.

The dock infill has now been completed, with one million cubic metres of sand pumped into the dock to fill one third of the water area.

Excess sand was stored during this process to be used for the 7.5 hectare reclaim, which will become the new quayside and component storage areas, and this is now being pumped into position around the existing timber sheds and jetties, which will be demolished in the coming weeks.

Marine piling for the new quay wall is almost complete and piling for the anchor wall and roll on-roll off ramp is continuing.

The JV has now taken control of the east side of the site to begin preparatory works for the 25,000 square metre service building. Five substations, which will supply 6MVA to the site, are also being built to supply the new facility with electricity.

“It’s fantastic to see the site beginning to take shape and it’s testament to the hard work of the ABP project team, the main contractor and all of those organisations and individuals involved in the enabling works that the project is on schedule and Siemens’ facility will be operational by the end of 2016.”

– Simon Bird, ABP Director Humber

Recycling centre to close for overhaul

One of Leeds’ eight recycling centres is due to close next week for refurbishment.

From Monday, January 4, the Kirkstall Road recycling centre will shut its doors to the public.

Residents will still be able to make use of all the recycling facilities at the nearest alternative sites, Meanwood Road and Pudsey.

Other recycling centres across the city achieve over 70% recycling, so with an investment of £5.2 million the Kirkstall site will be able to match that performance.

The revamp includes creating a new split level public recycling area, an operational area for the council to store and transfer recyclable materials, new offices and staff facilities, space to store wheeled bins and landscaping works.

The redeveloped site will also be home to a reuse shop. Items left at the site that are too good to be thrown away will be sold to the public.

The shop will be run by a not-for-profit community organisation who will offer training, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities for local people. Profits from the enterprise will be ploughed back into their organisation.

“Although the Kirkstall site is well used, its refurbishment is long overdue.

“Recycling centres are a big element of our recycling strategy so with this significant investment we can help residents recycle as much as possible and in turn help us save money and cut emissions.

"The new reuse shop has been very successful elsewhere in the city so we’re looking forward to seeing it set up in Kirkstall.

“We appreciate that the temporary site closure will inconvenience local residents, but with our ambition to recycle more, the site modernisation is necessary. "The improved site will help us to respond to the wishes of local people more effectively, particularly when it comes to issues such as the effective disposal of unwanted items around student changeover time.”

– Cllr. Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council

To allow people to do their festive recycling, the site will be open this weekend on January 2 and January 3 before closing on January 4.

The revamped site is expected to reopen in early 2017.

Once operational, it is estimated that increases in recycling at the site could generate savings of £25,000 a year.

The site is currently home to a transfer station so business waste can be moved across the city to various treatment or disposal sites.

The transfer station will remain open throughout the redevelopment so it will be business as usual for commercial waste customers.

Information on all the council’s recycling facilities can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk.

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