Plans have been unveiled to develop a new £90m quay at South Bank on the River Tees to help make Teesside the UK’s premier offshore wind location.
The new South Bank Quay will completely transform a 1km area along the River Tees, providing global firms with direct access into the heart of 500 acres of development land, and thousands more across the wider Teesworks site, straight from the North Sea.
The new heavy lift quay, which will support 100 jobs in the construction phase, will provide crucial access from the River Tees to the 4.5million sq ft of manufacturing, storage and office space on South Bank, which is hoped could be used for the production of offshore wind turbines for some of the biggest wind farms in the world, strengthening Teesside’s position as the UK leader in clean energy.
Work is due to begin in August 2021, with completion expected by the end of 2022, in time for exporting wind turbines to the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which, located 60 miles off the North-East cost, will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm capable of powering 4.5 million homes.
Phase one of the project will see 450m of the new quay facility built at one of the deepest ports along the east coast of England. The second phase of works will see an additional 600m of quay being developed.
As part of the new facility, an £11m 50-metre wide heavy-duty hardstanding loading facility will be created and primed to support logistics and manufacturers, including in the offshore wind industry.
A planning application was submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council this week, along with the relevant marine licence.
Tees mayor Ben Houchen said: “I am delighted to be able to unveil these plans today for a new £90m quay on the River Tees.
“This huge area of unused land is in such a unique location and has so much potential to help us transform the whole of the Teesworks site into a global logistics and manufacturing centre creating thousands of well paid jobs for local people.
“Teesside is already leading the way for the rest of the UK to follow with our clean energy plans, but this takes us to the next stage.
“We’ve already announced plans to manufacture offshore wind turbines in the new 4.5million sq ft of state-of-the-art space we are building, and this new heavy lifting quay will give ships and international firms easy access to be able to transport not only these turbines, but also all the other exciting projects and businesses that will be located on site.
“The development of the South Bank Quay is an essential step towards establishing us as a pioneer in clean energy, and it would make Teesworks the UK’s premier offshore wind location, just a matter of weeks after the Government announced plans for the UK to be the world leader in offshore wind energy
“My plan for jobs and plan for Teesworks is taking shape. In just over three months more than 557 jobs have been created onsite and this major project will add another 100 to that total when construction kicks off.
“These are real jobs that have transformed the site, where local people, including former steelworkers, are being employed, giving them more money in their pocket for themselves and their families.
“People often think the Teesworks site is just the former Redcar steelworks, but this latest development shows how much land we have that has been unused for decades, but now with the right plan, we are turning it into a real hive of activity that people can be proud of again.”
Councillor Mary Lanigan, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “This huge development would make Teesworks even more attractive to inward investment from companies in the offshore wind sector, with, subject to planning permission, the potential to create lots of jobs for people right here in Redcar and Cleveland, while protecting and growing more in our brilliant supply chain that spans every corner of the Tees Valley.
“It’s the start of a massive project that shows how we’re making the most of our site and its assets to drive forward our economy in the long-term and ensure a bright future. But as the coronavirus situation continues to affect us all, the construction sector is where jobs are needed now and all of our work at Teesworks is delivering these too.”
Jacob Young, MP for Redcar, said: “This is an excellent development that once again shows how beneficial it is to have a forward-thinking Conservative mayor for the Tees Valley.
“As the UK looks to trade globally after leaving the EU, our river represents one of our most important assets. We want to develop greater access to the Tees for exports and this is a key way to achieving that.
“This £90m development once again represents hundreds of high quality jobs for our region in construction and completion, and will place us at the front of the pack when it comes to offshore wind.
“Not only that, if we are to secure Freeport designation for the Teesworks site, this Quay will help attract the investors we need to bring many more jobs here. We remain incredibly ambitious for the future of Teesside.”