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 Victoriaplum.com, Beal Homes, Rofin-Sinar and The One Point.
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.
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.