Hull firms relocate to make way for Siemens
FIRMS based on land earmarked for the anticipated arrival of the new £80m Siemens offshore wind turbine factory have been relocated.
The relocation of firms off Alexandra Dock in east Hull is just one part of a complex jigsaw of measures being put into place ahead of an expected final decision by the global engineering giant early in the New Year to invest in the city.
After the publication of the Government's Energy Bill last week, the company said its plans for the Hull facility remained "on track".
Now, Hull City Council has been revealed that all but one of the firms previously based at the dock have been successfully relocated to other sites in the city.
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The exception is long-established ship repair firm MMS which will continue to operate from a dry dock next to the proposed Siemens complex.
Mark Jones, the city council's economic development and regeneration manger, told a council meeting: "Alexandra Dock is now empty in terms of activity apart from the ship repair facility at the dry dock.
"All the stored timber has come off the dock and been taken to Queen Elizabeth Dock or other dockland locations.
"All the other companies have also been moved successfully and there has actually been some employment growth at some firms as a result of that relocation.
"There was a concern we might lose some jobs in the relocation process but that has not happened. In fact, it's gone the other way."