A computer generated image of the Aura Innovation Centre.
A computer generated image of the Aura Innovation Centre.
Tegan Chapman

Hull firm lands contract to surpass £20m of offshore wind orders

A Yorkshire-based firm has landed a contract to surpass £20m of projects in the offshore wind energy sector.

Hobson & Porter has been awarded the multi-million pound contract to construct the Aura Innovation Centre at Hessle’s Bridgehead Business Park for the University of Hull.

The contract marks more than £20m of projects delivered by Hobson & Porter in the sector.

The Aura Innovation Centre will be a purpose-built facility that provides large businesses and SMEs with the space to collaborate and innovate to deliver low-carbon energy and clean growth. Its aim is to foster innovation and research to address challenges faced by the offshore wind and low-carbon energy industries.

The Aura Innovation Centre will 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.

Hobson & Porter managing director, Richard Hunter, said: “We’re very excited to have been appointed as the main contractor of this landmark project.

“The project will be our eighth scheme in the offshore energy sector, which is remarkable considering we have never stepped foot offshore. This is a true reflection of the economic impact the sector is bringing to our region.

“The Aura Innovation Centre 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 to foster a collaborative and forward-thinking culture in a world-class research facility.”

Construction of the Aura Innovation Centre is underway with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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