June 2 - A Siemens development to construct an offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and installation facility on the UK Port of Hull's Alexandra Dock is making good progress, with marine piling and demolition now complete.

The project is 28 weeks into the 119-week construction schedule to create what has been dubbed the UK's largest offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and installation facility. Siemens and Port of Hull operator Associated British Ports (ABP) are jointly investing GBP310 million (USD472.5 million) into the project.

Following the official ground-breaking in January this year, all demolition work is now complete, with many steel-framed buildings having been disassembled for use elsewhere and concrete recycled for use during the construction process. 

The first marine piles are now in place and a temporary structure will be used for the mooring of dredging vessels, which will pipe in nearly 1 million cu m of sand for the infill of approximately 16 acres (6.4 ha) of the western end of Alexandra Dock. The infill activity is scheduled to begin in early summer.

A new public right of way has also been built, which will take pedestrians and cyclists around the back of the Alexandra Dock site. This facility will be landscaped and include seating and viewing areas, so that users can see construction taking place and view the Siemens facility when it is complete.

ABP says that the construction project, which was awarded to main contractor GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group JV, is currently right on track, and wind turbines are expected to be leaving the site by early 2017.


Siemens' 'Green Port Hull' development.