Siemens Gamesa hires a contractor for the extension of the Hull plant – reNews
Siemens Gamesa has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a Â£ 82million design and build contract for the expansion of the turbine maker’s blade plant in Hull, eastern England.
The contract covers two blade manufacturing facilities and the reallocation of the existing plant.
The work is underway and is expected to be completed in May 2023.
The first phase of the project will include prefabricated piles, drainage, foundations and steel frame structures.
The metal frame was specially designed to allow free spans of 40 meters, with a working height of 18 meters to accommodate the various gantries and consoles needed during the blade manufacturing process, said VolkerFitzpatrick.
The buildings will cover a total footprint of 42,362 square meters and will be finished with insulated aluminum panels on the roof and walls, in continuity with the existing slat factory.
The mechanical and electrical layout will include lighting, electrical, water, humidity control, ventilation and cooling services.
Phase two will involve modifications to the existing 34,217 square meter blade factory, transforming it from a production facility to a finishing area.
This will include internal reconfigurations, as well as the upgrade and replacement of mechanical services.
The team will also modify the building envelope, metal frame and doors, to allow entry and exit of larger slats.
VolkerFitzpatrick said he would support the local community by hiring interns and part of its supply chain in the surrounding area.
The team will also reuse stone from the existing site, helping to minimize waste.
VolkerFitzpatrick Building Division Managing Director Stuart Deverill said: âVolkerFitzpatrick has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Siemens Gamesa, having worked together on their original blade factory in 2016.
âI am delighted that we have been appointed to deliver these two new facilities and look forward to seeing the work progress over the next few months. “
Siemens Gamesa UK Real Estate Manager and IE Rob Bullen said: âSiemens Gamesa is once again delighted to be working with VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver an industry leading infrastructure project.
âThis project is even more ambitious than the initial construction of the plant in Hull in 2016, and Siemens Gamesa needed a partner who could match our aspirations for the realization of the project.
âIt is obvious from the early stages of the collaboration on the project that we found this partner in VolkerFitzpatrick.