Work on a new gigaplant site in Northumberland set to create thousands of jobs has commenced.
Britishvolt has instructed engineering specialist ISG to commence enabling works on the gigaplant site at Cambois near Blyth.
This initial phase will see the site cleared and preparatory work carried out for the services and infrastructure that will support construction activity. The project will be built in phases towards total capacity by end-2027 onwards.
Richard McDonell, Britishvolt project director, commented: “Today is a historic day as it marks the start of construction on the UK’s premier Gigaplant, Britishvolt – a landmark event for UK manufacturing and the automotive industry on the road to zero.
“It is a pleasure to see our tier one construction partner ISG, and its world-class workforce, commence preliminary works on site ahead of the main construction programme, which we anticipate will start in late autumn/early winter.
“This is yet another milestone on our journey to building the UK’s first full-scale Gigaplant. It’s a boost for UK plc and the real kick-start of the energy transition, of which Britishvolt batteries will be at the very heart.”
Peter Millett, high tech managing director for ISG’s engineering services business, added: “The positive momentum, passion and sense of genuine excitement that underpins this nationally important project is driving the entire team forward at pace.
“This significant construction milestone demonstrates our collective commitment to UK manufacturing and to supporting communities across Northumberland.
“This is the starting point for the transformation of a disused site in Cambois with a legacy in the industrial past, that from today will become a beacon for innovation and advanced manufacturing right here in the North East.”
Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s great to see work starting on the ground on a site which the council and partners have been actively engaged on in recent years to make it an attractive proposition for investors.
“Since we granted planning permission work behind the scenes has continued at pace so to see enabling works getting underway is fantastic – not just for the council and Britishvolt, but for everyone in the county.
“With thousands of jobs in the pipeline and billions of pounds of investment this is such a good news story for Northumberland and the wider region and we look forward to following progress over the coming months.”
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