Jobs on way as Old Hartlepool rig yard named site for 'landmark' HS2 factory - Teesside Live

2022-06-18 16:17:45 By : Ms. Zoe Fang

A state-of-the-art facility is being built at Hartlepool Dock

A disused Hartlepool rig yard is set to become the factory for a 'landmark' HS2 contract - bringing a wave of jobs to the area.

STRABAG, Austria's largest construction firm, is building a state-of-the-art facility at Hartlepool Dock for the production of 36,000 tunnel segments bound for HS2.

It will create more than 100 jobs - and "many more through the supply chain".

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Construction will start in the New Year and the factory, which will come online in December 2022, is expected to "breathe new life" into what is currently a vacant site.

The new factory’s well-connected location, both by rail and sea, means it is well placed to be used beyond HS2, working on domestic and international projects.

STRABAG is also the contractor working on Anglo American's world-leading Woodsmith mine near Whitby.

It will manufacture the concrete segments for the stretch of HS2 under London, from the Old Oak Common station to Green Parkway running underneath Northolt.

The company announced the oil rig yard in Hartlepool would be the home of its new factory, after being awarded the work by HS2's main contractor, Costain Skanska STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV).

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "Not only is this significant investment going to create 100 skilled, well-paid jobs for local workers, it will also breathe new life into a vacant piece of land at PD Ports; bringing it back into productive use.

"This is just the latest investment in Teesside by STRABAG who have already created a significant number of jobs at their tunnel lining facility in Wilton for the Woodsmith Mine project.”

HS2’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ruth Todd, said: "The decision to manufacture the segments not only in the UK, but in a new facility in the North East, is another demonstration of how HS2 is having a positive impact on regional economies across the UK and helping the country to build back better after the pandemic.”

All 36,000 tunnel segments will be transported from the Hartlepool factory entirely by rail, with the first freight train delivery arriving at the Willesden Euro terminal logistics hub in April 2023.

The contract for the lease at the site in Hartlepool will be signed for several years, demonstrating STRABAG’s "long-term commitment to manufacturing in the North-east".

Skanska Costain STRABAG joint ventures’ Managing Director James Richardson added: "STRABAG’s Hartlepool and PACADAR’s Kent facilities are both key to the delivery of the HS2 tunnels in London.

"Tunnel segment rings will be produced in Hartlepool and loaded on to freight trains and delivered by rail.

"This is a game-changer in how we move forward in the construction industry and is a significant step towards net zero carbon emissions in transport."

Andrew Dixon, Commercial Director at STRABAG said Hartlepool's "excellent" rail and port infrastructure would allow them to deliver the segments "efficiently" while reducing vehicles on the road and environmental impact.

"This new production facility in Hartlepool and our existing precast factory in Wilton for the Woodsmith Mine project underline our long-term commitment to the region.

"We are eager to start production and welcome our new employees to the team.”

STRABAG joins a growing list of businesses with manufacturing facilities at Hartlepool Dock, which is owned and operated by PD Ports.

PD Ports CEO, Frans Calje, said: "After more than 18 months’ worth of discussions, we’re absolutely delighted to welcome STRABAG to Hartlepool Dock as the base for its new manufacturing facility to supply concrete tunnel rings to the HS2 development.

"We’re very much looking forward to working with STRABAG as they play an integral part in the HS2 development, which, when delivered, will be an enabler for opening up the national rail network and increasing opportunities for freight movements trans-pennine, something PD Ports, alongside industry partners, has lobbied hard for with central government for a number of years.”

HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP said the project showed "building back better" in action.

“Companies across the North East are already benefiting from being part of HS2’s vast supply chain, with 400,000 supply chain contract opportunities expected on Phase One alone," he said.

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