Construction work taking shape on £12m Aura Innovation Centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Apr 2019

A new £12m green energy hub in Hessle is starting to take shape ahead of its expected unveiling later this year.

The Aura Innovation Centre, at the Bridgehead Business Park, will provide a space for businesses large and small to collaborate to deliver low-carbon energy and clean growth.

Work on the building started late last year, led by construction firm Hobson & Porter, and new images have given a glimpse of what is it come.

Ben George, director at Aura, said of the project:  "It is often small and medium-sized companies who are prepared to innovate, think and operate differently.

"The Aura Innovation Centre is all about encouraging that innovative thinking.

"It's about fostering a place where collaboration can happen easily to kick-start the low-carbon energy supply chain here in the Energy Estuary.”

The centre will support the Humber's green energy sector (Peter Harbour)

The £12m renewables hub will once completed be located a stone’s throw away from the ergo centre.

The pair will both support the Humber’s booming green energy sector.

Other notable tenants at Bridgehead include, Beal Homes, Rofin-Sinar and The One Point.

Read more: Lord Prescott says Hull and Humber poised to be at heart of 'next industrial revolution'

Construction of the Aura Innovation Centre appears to moving quickly.

The framework of the building is now in place, giving passers-by a taste of the scale of the project.

What the Aura Innovation Centre will look like (Mercury)

The Aura Innovation Centre will include a variety of business spaces, and will harness the power of 3D printers, super computers and high-spec testing equipment.

As the centre grows, the aim is to provide SMEs with support and advice through each of the stages of product or service development – from ideas generation through to R&D, testing, analysis and taking the product to market.

Read more: Humber's clean energy strategy could be agreed with government in 2019

 It has become Hobson & Porter’s eighth onshore building project in the offshore wind sector, taking total revenues for the building contractor past £20m in a four-year period.

The firm first ventured into the offshore renewables sector began in 2014, when the company delivered a new onshore operations base and warehouses for what was then Dong Energy Power (UK) to service its Westermost Rough wind farm.

Construction of the £12m hub is taking shape (Peter Harbour)

Last October, a host of dignitaries – including Lords Prescott and Haskins, Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy, and  East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby – broke ground at the Aura site to mark the start of construction.

It is expected to open in late 2019.

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