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.

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