Forming the centrepiece of the Green Port Hull vision, which seeks to establish the city and the East Riding of Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy, the Siemens wind turbine blade manufacturing facility has created 1,000 jobs and is said to be the biggest influence on the local economy for generations.
The blade manufacturing process is now housed in a large steel-framed multi-span braced structure measuring approximately 300m long × 116m wide.
VolkerFitzpatrick, managed the build of the facility, which started on site August 2015, just as the installation of 4,000 driven piles was coming to an end. The former area has two manufacturing/moulding lines contained within 36m-wide spans. In between there is a 22m-wide painting span while, attached along the eastern side of the building, another 22m-wide span accommodate storage and warehousing.
All of these spans are formed by a series of twin braced lattice columns supporting a series of roof trusses that measure up to 2.1m deep. All of these spans now accommodate cranes with the two widest spans featuring 40t-capacity overhead cranes running on crane rails that are connected to the main lattice columns. All of the spans have smaller console cranes that run on separate rails that are also connected to the steel main frame.