Ideal Heating has announced a £16 million investment in the expansion of its National Avenue manufacturing site in Hull as it prepares to increase production of low-carbon heating products.
Founded more than a hundred years ago, the firm is a market leader in high-performance heating solutions for domestic and commercial markets. It employs more than 750 people in Hull and a further 250 elsewhere in the UK.
Working alongside leading construction business Britcon and consulting engineers GGP Consult, the programme will more than double the size of Ideal’s existing warehouse and treble its capacity, allowing the site to significantly increase production over the coming years.
The work will also include the construction of a new office building for warehouse colleagues and a new access road from National Avenue to the site.
Jason Speedy, chief operations officer at Ideal Heating (pictured above left with Nick Shepherd, managing director of Britcon), said: “The investment we’re announcing today is part of a wider, ambitious plan to significantly grow our business through the introduction of low carbon products for the future.
“While we may be best-known today for our range of efficient gas boilers, we’re also leading the way in the development and production of low-carbon heating solutions such as heat pumps and hydrogen boilers.
“We’re delighted that the expansion of our National Avenue site will enable us to step up production of these and other innovative new heating technologies, reinforcing our well-established green credentials and creating more high-quality jobs in the city.”
In 2019 Ideal Heating became the world’s first boiler manufacturer to be certified to ISO 50001 for energy management, achieving this international standard through measures including the use of renewable materials and energy resources in its design and production process.
Nick Shepherd said: “We are delighted to be working with Ideal Heating in delivering this iconic and modern industrial and manufacturing expansion project. We are fully committed to the local area, just as Ideal Heating is.
“We have a strong local supply chain and are excited to be working in partnership with our client and associated stakeholders in not only delivering this project, but also utilising our experience and resources to deliver local employment opportunities during the construction period.”
Ciaran McAteer, director at GGP Consult, said: “GGP is proud to be working with Ideal Heating and Britcon to provide project management, structural, civil and architectural services on this project.
“This development not only creates more opportunities for Hull, but Ideal Heating’s contribution in helping reduce carbon emissions is critical and one of the best ways we can help tackle climate change.”
Construction work at its National Avenue site will start this month.