NEC Service are working on the site of the Multi-million pound machine tunnelling under the River Humber

A multi-million pound tunnelling machine is now burrowing its way under the Humber to Paull following a blessing last week.
“Mary”, a 510-tonne, 160m tunnel boring- machine, has started its year-long crossing under the River Humber from Goxhill at a cost of £100m.

The impressive machine is being used by the National Grid to create a 5km tunnel under the river for a new gas pipeline.
It has been named after Mary Fergusson, the first female fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers.



National Grid has awarded the £100m contract to build the tunnel to a joint venture made up of Skanska, PORR Bau GmbH and A. Hak.
The work by National Grid is proving a major boost for the Humber economy, with 250 contractors already on site.
National Grid representatives visited primary schools in Goxhill and Paull last summer to introduce the project to pupils and ask for help in naming the machine.

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A Glimpse Inside the £25m City Hotel

A Glimpse Inside the £25m City Hotel

The Hilton Hotel, Double Tree will provide the largest conference and events venue outside Leeds and Manchester and will open the doors to its first guests a year from now.

Revealed for the first time are images of what the Hilton Hotel will look like on the inside.

Piling on the Ferensway Site began earlier this week with Shaun Larvin, development Director at developers Lexington Avenue Leisure, saying it was now “100 miles per hour” with the project. “things will start to shape up pretty fast” said Mr Larvin.

“The contractors are flying out to Hong Kong today to see the prototype and we should have the module on site in March or April next year”

The 165 Bed Double Tree by Hilton Hotel is costing £25m to build and will conference and event facilities for up to 1,000 people.

The Hotel will provide a 24-hour full service facility, with fitness suite, a bar and restaurant and a business centre.

“We have bookings for it already” said Mr Larvin.

Developers at Lexington have contracted with Lincoln based Brayford Hotels, which will construct, own and operate the hotel under franchise arrangements with Hilton International.

Have a Look inside: Artist Impressions below

Project: Above From Left, Alan Horn (Site Manager), Keith Ranson (Project Manager), Cllr Steve Brady (City Council Leader), Shaun Larvin (Development Director, Lexington Avenue Leisure Ltd), Matt Jukes (Chief Executive of Hull City Council), Nick Howbridge (City Property and assets Manager) and Tony Howard (Business Development Executive, Lexington Avenue Leisure Ltd


Hull has the potential to have one of Yorkshire’s fastest growing economies over the coming years, according to the CBI.

The city was hailed as the region’s “star performer” in a report analysing regional productivity differences, why they exist and what more businesses and local and national government can do to tackle it and encourage growth.

Part of the report looked at the economic impact that could be achieved by 2024 if each local area improved at the same rate as the top performer of the region.

Hull was subsequently found to have a 43 per cent growth rate – the strongest in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for Energy City with responsibility for economic regeneration, said: “The report from the CBI is welcome news. This is a clear demonstration that our City Plan and investment strategy are starting to pay dividends.

“There has been a marked increase in the number of businesses in Hull, particularly on the previous year.

“The renewable, professional, scientific and technical, construction, plus the business administration and support service sectors, have been the strongest areas of growth. There is considerable interest in further investments in the city by national and global investment funds.

Hull City of Culture, 2017

Hull City of Culture has been the primary focus on everyones mind. But what does the year include? and what does the City of Culture bring?

2017 City of Culture has been sectioned into seasons, each celebrating and focus’s on something different about our unique city.

So what season’s are we getting?

Season One – Made in Hull

Jan – Mar

In this first Season,

Hull showcases what Hull is really made of, including many incredible performances through theatre, music, poetry and the ideas Hull has inspired.

Season Two – Roots and Routes

Apr – Jun

Hull is a opening to the UK, a great gateway through the marina and docking area. This chapter will explore our home, Hull in the ever changing world. As new partnerships, collaborations will form, as  our city Hull becomes the centre of the Culture for the UK for the year of 2017.

Season Three – Freedom

Jul – Sept

Over two season in and the celebrations underway, the city of culture will enter the Summer Season. Freedom is a platform for people to create, debate, reflect and reimagine. This season will celebration the inspirations and freedom of thought!

Season Four: – Tell the World

Oct – Dec

The fourth and final season is to celebration the qualities that made Hull the City of Culture for 2017. As 2017 draws to a close it will have been an exciting year, which can open doors to something new and has been something special for out city, its time to tell the world! Let’s see where this adventure takes us.