Yorkshire Energy Park welcomes new investors as work to bring scheme to fruition begins

24th Aug

The joint venture behind the £200m Yorkshire Energy Park has welcomed a new investor to its board.  

Vital Energi is a decarbonisation, energy generation and distribution company operating across the UK. Its portfolio of work includes major city district heating schemes and energy generation and management schemes at hospitals and universities.

Vital will take a lead on the development’s energy strategy as part of the park’s vision to become one of the first zero carbon business parks in the UK.

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Gary Fielding (left), chairman of Vital Energi, said: “We’re proud to become the energy partner for Yorkshire Energy Park and play our part in design and delivery of a scheme which will provide great benefits to the tenants and to the local and regional economy.

“The park’s vision is truly impressive, and we are excited to deliver long-term resilient energy and multi-utility infrastructure that supports this vision.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the development take shape over the coming months.”

The energy and technology business park received its formal decision notice in late 2020 following East Riding Council’s planning committee approval in 2019. The flagship development is also a designated tax site as part of the Humber Freeport and is anticipated to create more than 4,000 jobs, across a range of sectors.

The joint venture has also appointed Andrew Reynolds (main picture above) as its project director, tasked with bringing the scheme to fruition.

Chris Turner, chairman of Yorkshire Energy Park, said: “The Board is delighted to welcome both Vital Energi and Andrew Reynolds to the Yorkshire Energy Park project as we reach a crucial part of the project, with works due to start on site in the new year.

“Vital is a leader in modern energy solutions that support the decarbonisation ambitions of the UK. I’m looking forward to seeing their team apply this expertise to the Yorkshire Energy Park.

“Having spent a decade as development director at Hines, along with several other senior roles across the UK, Andrew also brings a wealth of experience to the project bolstering our existing team.”

Based at the former Hedon aerodrome site to the east of Hull, strategically located within the new Humber Freeport, the 212-acre Yorkshire Energy Park will consist of:

  • An energy centre, battery storage and primary substation, providing on-site energy and off-site energy for export
  • A tier 3 data centre and disaster recovery suite
  • A mixture of space for businesses, including incubator space for start-up businesses and SME growth
  • A National Centre of Excellence for education, training and research facilities and associated on site, short stay accommodation
  • An outdoor building material and testing facility
  • New sports facilities for the community
  • 45 hectares of green space, protected for 150 years as an ecologically enhanced area for protected species

The delivery of the park will kickstart the economic future of the Humber region with more than £200 million inward investment anticipated. The target of 80% local labour through the construction period, along with the creation of trainee, graduate and apprenticeship opportunities will also ensure considerable social return on investment.

Mr Reynolds said: “The Humber is uniquely positioned to drive the growth of the North and become a global leader in combating climate change, and Yorkshire Energy Park will further contribute to this vision.

“With the first tranche of tenants set to be announced imminently, Yorkshire Energy Park will be one of the first projects nationally to take advantage of the Freeport benefits, attracting inward investment and creating highly skilled careers for future generations.

“I am looking forward to meeting residents and local stakeholders over the coming weeks.”

Members of the public are invited to hear the latest updates at a series of information events over the next fortnight, ahead of site maintenance and survey works due to take place in September.

August 31, 4-7pm – St Augustine’s Church, Church Lane, Hedon

September 1, 7-7pm – Preston Community Hall, Main Street, Preston

September 6, 4-7pm – Paull Village Hall, Main Street, Paull

September 7, 4-7pm – Thorngumbald Village Hall, Main Road, Thorngumbald

The information events will recap on the masterplan vision, the intended scheme benefits and detail the plan for the project for the coming weeks and months.

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