Council leader full of confidence in £25m business park

GROWING confidence in one of the region’s largest cities should see its latest business park “fill up” with new developments, according to a council leader.

Coun Steve Brady said the £25m park on Hull’s former maternity hospital, which is directly opposite the multi-million pound Siemens development on Hull docks, was “going really well”.

The council is partnering with Stoneferry Estates on the park, on Hedon Road, which aims to create space for supply chain businesses in a parkland environment, accommodating around 500 workers.

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It comes after the final completion of the £15m Marfleet Environmental Technology Park, also on Hedon Road, eight years after the model-making Humbrol factory closed down.

The six-and-a-half acre site, also developed by Stoneferry Estates, is the first part of the Humber Enterprise Zone created for the offshore wind sector and associated businesses, with simplified planning and tax breaks, to be completed in the city.

Coun Brady said he expected the second site to replicate the success of the first, buoyed by Siemens’ decision to invest in its new factory nearby on Alexandra Dock.

Siemens is expected to get final sign-off on its plans from councillors at a meeting this week.

Coun Brady said: “We are certainly moving forward at a fast pace.

“We have every confidence in the people who worked on the Marfleet site. They have a very strong track record of delivery and I am absolutely certain the maternity hospital site will fill up.”