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Hobson & Porter has completed the onshore operations base and warehouses for Dong Energy Power (UK) to service its Westermost Rough wind farm.

The £3.4m contract involved the construction of a new two-storey office building and the refurbishment of an existing warehouse building that provides an on-shore base for the offshore wind farms, situated off the Lincolnshire coast.

It is estimated that 100 employees will be based from the offices in Eastside Road, Grimsby, for the next 25 years, operating 24 hours a day.

Dong Energy is a key partner in offshore wind developments that will contribute towards the Humber region becoming a global hub for renewable energy.

The majority of the company’s wind farms are based in North West Europe, and it has built more wind farms than any other company in the world to date.

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Hobson and Porter reaches out to Hull’s homeless with warming gesture

Hobson & Porter is working with its customers, supply chain and the charity Emmaus Hull to provide essential, and potentially lifesaving, equipment to homeless people across East Yorkshire.

Orvec International, which is part of Hobson & Porter’s supply chain in Hull, has donated around 100 special thermal emergency blankets to Hull HARP, an outreach organisation that works with Emmaus to support homeless people across region.

Kevin Stamp, managing director at Orvec, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Emmaus and its work by donating these blankets, which I hope will be of great benefit to homeless people in Hull and East Yorkshire.

The work that Emmaus is doing in this region is fantastic and the opportunity to support it, through our links with Hobson & Porter, was one Orvec didn’t want to pass up.”

“Our team has created this multipurpose thermal blanket for use in acute emergency care and elective surgery as a proactive patient warming device. Other applications include, but aren’t limited to, emergency rescue services such as Mountain Rescue and the RNLI. The blankets can also be used in road-side assistance.”

The blanket uses the person as the heat source and its thermal pockets create convection heat to maintain normothermia. The product is designed and developed by the company’s research and development team, including textile specialists and project engineers and is manufactured in Hull.

Hobson & Porter is currently building a new £2.7m facility on behalf of Emmaus for homeless people in Hull.

The Orchard, which is due to be completed in September 2015, will offer en-suite accommodation with communal facilities and a social enterprise centre comprising of warehouse, workshops, a community internet café and retail space for formerly homeless people.

Helen McGill, project director at Emmaus Hull, said: “Emmaus Hull is extremely grateful to both Orvec International and Hobson & Porter for their support. Without the support of companies like these, we would struggle to provide the services we do. The blankets will be vital to keeping homeless people across East Yorkshire warm this winter and indeed throughout the year.”

Turnover expected to top £45m after standout year for Hobson and Porter

HULL construction firm Hobson & Porter is set to announce record turnover figures after enjoying its “most successful year” in 2014.

Turnover at the Malmo Road-based company is expected to top £45m this year, up from £30m in 2013.

Set up in 1971, Hobson & Porter has completed a number of high-profile projects across the Humber region over the last 12 months, including the multi-million pound Agrii Crop Technology Centre at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire and a £3.4m development for Dong Energy Power (UK) in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.

Other completed schemes include a major redevelopment of East Riding Leisure Haltemprice and a new learning resource centre at Bishop Burton College, while works continue to progress well on a £2.7m homeless shelter in Hull for Emmaus.

Graham Beal, managing director at Hobson & Porter, joined the firm earlier this year and has been delighted with the progress the business has made in 2014.

“It has been a fantastic year for Hobson & Porter in what has been a very testing period for the industry,” he said.

“We have enjoyed our most successful year to date in 2014 thanks to a number of high-profile project wins and completions.

“Our portfolio has swollen dramatically since last year and we ensured that has been felt throughout our supply chain too.

“However, the growth across the last year would not have been possible without investment in our team, supply chain and partners.”

Recently, Hobson & Porter has undertaken its 100th build under the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – a prestigious milestone in the industry.

Despite the company’s strong growth, Hobson & Porter is determined to share its successes with businesses in the communities in which its projects affect.

In 2014, it announced a unique collaboration with East Yorkshire-based Bishop Burton College, owners of Riseholme College, to allow construction students to apply their learned skills on Hobson & Porter project sites.

Now, it is actively looking to secure new office space in Lincolnshire in order to further grow the business south of the river as well as strengthening its supply chain in the region.

Mr Beal said: “We are currently in the process of looking to acquire office space in Lincoln in order grow our presence in Lincolnshire, a move that we have been looking to make for a while now but has now been made possible by the number of project wins in the region.

“We have had a presence across Lincolnshire for a long time now without having a permanent base there so now is a perfect time to address that. Hopefully this will be finalised in the New Year.”

Hobson and Porter reaches major construction industry milestone with Beverley Leisure Complex works

A HULL construction company has been praised for reaching a major industry milestone.

Hobson & Porter has completed 100 building projects under the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), a barometer by which delivery standards are measured across the industry.

The company achieved this milestone after undertaking extension works at Beverley Leisure Complex’s Tone Zone fitness suite – a project which forms part of East Riding Council’s YORbuild delivery framework.

Mike Petter, chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, said: “Many congratulations to Hobson & Porter Ltd for registering its 100th site with the Scheme – the Tone Zone Extension at the Beverley Leisure Centre.

“I would like to extend my grateful thanks for its continued track record as a considerate constructor and hope its valued efforts to improve the image of the industry will continue into the future.”

The CSS is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image.

Construction sites and companies that register with the scheme are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

The scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

Dave Blades, Director at Hobson & Porter, said: “To reach the milestone of delivering 100 projects under the Considerate Constructors Scheme is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted the 100th build is on our doorstep.

“As a Hull-based business, we are very proud to have completed the majority of the 100 builds under this framework in this region and we look forward to completing many more in the future.”

Work started on the extension in May after users complained the existing facility was too small. The new gym, which will have 90 stations, is expected to be completed early next year.

The new gym, together with a car park extension and other improvements, represents a £1.2m investment by the council in improving and developing the complex.