Construction of Ideal Heating’s £19.2m Hull R&D centre under way

Work is progressing at Ideal Heating’s multimillion-pound research and development centre in Hull.

Steelwork is in now place for the £19.2m UK Technology Centre being built at the National Avenue site. The facility will support the development of low carbon technologies, including heat pumps, and other ways in which homes can be heated sustainably.

Work being carried out by Yorkshire firm Henry Boot Construction is expected to complete next year, at which point the centre will house a range of simulators, test rigs and environmental chambers the firm will use to develop its technologies. Laboratory facilities within the 38,000 sqft building will give Ideal Heating’s research and development teams the ability to simulate a range of conditions in which they can put their innovations to the test.

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It will also house a heat pump testing area, workshop spaces and a training room. The centre’s future role in helping to decarbonise the region’s industries has earned it £2m of seed capital funding from Humber Freeport.

Ideal Heating chief operations officer Jason Speedy said: “The UK Technology Centre represents a significant investment in more ways than one. We’re part-way through a £60m development programme at our National Avenue headquarters in Hull, largely focused on heat pump production, distribution and innovation. The R&D facility forms a key part of that programme.

Steelwork is now in place for the £19.2m UK Technology Centre.
A CGI image of what the UK Technology Centre will look like once completed. The facility is expected to be operational in early 2025.

“But, more than that, the UK Technology Centre signals a new chapter in our 100-plus years of history in Hull. It will enable us to continue the evolution of the products which will heat homes for decades to come.”

A group of partners were invited to the site to mark the construction milestone. They included Simon Green, CEO of Humber Freeport, who said: “Humber Freeport has aligned itself strategically to the region’s green energy sector, having recognised it as a magnet for significant investment, innovation and skilled job creation. Ideal Heating’s UK Technology Centre is a perfect example of this investment, which will further develop the growing skills base we have in the region in renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.

“We were pleased to support Ideal Heating through our seed capital fund. The R&D centre taking shape is another demonstration of the positive impact Humber Freeport is having within the region.”

Coun Charles Quinn, portfolio holder for environment at Hull City Council, said: “Sustainability is something which connects businesses of all kinds across the city and wider region and every company must undergo its own low carbon transition. With that transition comes huge opportunities for growth, product development and new skills. Ideal Heating is seizing these opportunities, as it builds on its rich history and heritage in Hull to create an exciting future at the forefront of innovation in home heating technologies.”

Craig Finn, director at Henry Boot Construction, said: “We are delighted to be delivering this significant technology centre in Hull. Sustainability and innovation are at the heart of our business, so it’s a pleasure to be working with a company that shares these values, alongside playing our part in contributing to a greener future for the UK. Like us, Ideal Heating is always looking to integrate new technologies and be at the forefront of the sector — in particular, trying to deliver more innovative low-carbon solutions — so this partnership was the perfect fit.”

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