Creative Hornsea hoarding artwork wins top national award

Our colourful hoardings around the East Riding Leisure Hornsea site has been named a winner in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2019.

The competition allows Considerate Constructor Scheme-registered sites to invite local schools, colleges and community groups to transform the hoardings into attractive murals.

Under the titles ‘Pride in your town’ and ‘#loveconstruction’, we teamed up with pupils from four Hornsea schools, receiving over 500 submissions from children aged 2 through to 15.

Dave Blades, Hobson & Porter’s Business Development Director, said: “All of the pupils who submitted artwork for this year’s entry should be proud, it is a fantastic achievement to be named as winners. The hoardings look amazing and really brighten up the East Riding Leisure Hornsea construction site.

“The local pupils have shown real keenness and an enormous sense of pride and skills in their designs, so I am delighted we’ve been able to display their work in such a prominent location, where they are available for the whole town to see.

“It’s been great working with the pupils who I hope we have inspired to consider careers in the construction industry when they finish their studies.”

Praising the partnership, Laura Field, Head of Design and Technology at Hornsea School and Language College, said: “We are thrilled to have been named winners. The students loved working on this project. It was an incredibly exciting thought for the children that their work would be displayed and viewed by all of Hornsea.”

Behind the hoardings, Hobson & Porter are hard at work on the £7.5 million redevelopment of the East Riding Leisure Hornsea, which includes an extension and the relocation of the town’s library and customer service centre.

The centre is due to be completed and re-opened in Easter 2020.

Construction of major green energy hub hits halfway milestone

We’re pleased to have entered the second half of our multi-million-pound construction of the Aura Innovation Centre in Hessle for the University of Hull.

The green energy hub at the Bridgehead Business Park will provide large businesses and SMEs with the space to collaborate and innovate to deliver low-carbon energy and clean growth.

To mark the milestone of the 10-month project, we’ve been taking over 150 local school pupils behind the scenes at the construction site, inspiring the next generation of builders.

The children, from All Saints’ CE Federation in Hessle, donned high-vis and were taught all about construction and renewable energy and technology.

It’s all part of our Foundations initiative to create a sustainable workforce for the construction industry – educating, developing and upskilling the next generation in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Garry Allen, contracts manager at Hobson & Porter, said: “It is great to have reached the half-way point of this important development, which will play a huge role in strengthening the region’s reputation as a leader in offshore wind innovation, bringing together the major players in the industry.

“We’ve also enjoyed engaging with local school children. They are our future and it was wonderful to see how interested they were in the development of the site and both the construction and renewable energy industries on the whole.

Garry added: “A large part of our Foundations initiative involves going out into the community, in which we work to engage with students of all ages, introducing them to the wealth of career opportunities available across the industry and the skills, qualifications and personal qualities required to succeed in our sector.”

The Aura Innovation Centre project has helped play a major role in the initiative, as we have introduced many local pupils to the construction process and also taken part in numerous activities both on site and in the classroom to engage them with STEM subjects.

State-of-the-art research centre for Daisy Appeal continues progress

We’re pleased to report that our construction of a vital new research centre for the Daisy Appeal in Cottingham is continuing to progress well.

The Molecular Imaging Suite in Cottingham will translate scientific and medical research advances into clinical use. It will also house a GENtrace 600 cyclotron which will enable the capacity to create customised radiotracers to detect early signs of cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia.

The complex process of installing the centre’s iconic cladding and specialist M&E is now underway as the project team works hard to deliver the facility, which will be based at Cottingham’s Castle Hill Hospital.

Mike Beal, construction director for Hobson & Porter said: “We’re pleased to be undertaking this major project for the Daisy Appeal. The centre will be a unique, state-of-the-art facility which will develop new radiotracers for use in cancer, cardiovascular and dementia imaging.

“The work is going well and our team is working hard to meet the project’s completion date in the coming months.”

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