Displaying the new signage and cutting the first turf are Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, and Rob Pearson, Head of Area for Sheffield City Region and the Humber at HCA.
Burma Drive phase 2 covers 3.54 ha (8.74 acres) located on the Hedon Road corridor in East Hull. The site has outline planning consent for a range of business use and it is estimated that over 300 new jobs could be created. Demand for business space in the area is growing following the Siemens announcement as businesses see the opportunity to be located close to a major development for offshore wind.
HCA is offering companies the chance to buy a partially serviced plot – the same model that proved popular on its Burma Drive phase 1 enterprise site.
HCA is investing £1.6M to extend the spine road on the new site. This will open up the land to allow a maximum of seven new serviced development plots to be available. The plot sizes range from approximately 0.29 to 1.35 ha (0.72 to 3.34 acres).
As well as extending the spine road, work is underway to complete a new cycle and footpath linking Hedon Road with the Withernsea Trail that runs along the northern edge of the Phase 1 land.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said:
“The Humber Enterprise Zone is the biggest and most ambitious in the UK. The strength of the partnership between business, education and local authorities across both banks of the Humber is proving to be a vital component to stimulate growth build economic optimism in the region. Together we have made considerable progress since the LEP’s inception attracting some exciting investments and we are poised to continue building on the momentum created.
“Our Enterprise Zone sites offer attractive incentives to encourage businesses to locate in the Humber and, on the Hedon Road corridor, there’s the added attraction for businesses in the renewable sector that Siemens are locating nearby. Both Marfleet and the first phase of Burma Drive have proved very popular and Burma Drive phase 2 looks set to follow suit.”
Councillor Stephen Brady, Hull City Council Leader, commented:
“We are currently at a crucial stage in the city’s physical and economic transformation and we are pleased to be working in partnership across the region with organisations which have the same vision and commitment to the city in bringing key sites to fruition.
“After Siemens and ABP announced their historic investment to create 1,000 jobs, we knew our city was heading in the right direction in terms of establishing itself as a global leader in renewable energy.
“We need to focus on our long term future and ensure we are training local people to secure jobs and develop the skill base of our workforce, whilst attracting further investment opportunities and driving forward ambitious regeneration to transform the economic future of our region.”
Rob Pearson, Head of Area for Sheffield City Region and the Humber at HCA, said:
“When the Phase 2 works at Burma Drive are finished, they will help create space for up to 300 jobs in the Enterprise Zone for local people. Working with the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Council, we are helping to meet the government’s objectives for investing to support businesses in Enterprise Zones.”