Heating business prepares for green growth with £16m investment in its site

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Ideal Heating has announced a £16m investment in the expansion of its National Avenue manufacturing site, in Hull, as it prepares to increase production of low-carbon heating products.

Founded over 100 years ago, the firm specialises in high-performance heating solutions for domestic and commercial markets. It employs over 750 people in Hull and a further 250 elsewhere in the UK.

Working alongside construction business Britcon and consulting engineers GGP Consult, the programme will more than double the size of Ideal’s existing warehouse and treble its capacity, allowing the site to significantly increase production over the coming years.

The work will also include the construction of a new office building for warehouse colleagues and a new access road from National Avenue to the site.

Jason Speedy, chief operations officer at Ideal Heating, said: “The investment we’re announcing today is part of a wider, ambitious plan to significantly grow our business through the introduction of low carbon products for the future.

“While we may be best-known today for our range of efficient gas boilers, we’re also leading the way in the development and production of low-carbon heating solutions such as heat pumps and hydrogen boilers.

“We’re delighted that the expansion of our National Avenue site will enable us to step up production of these and other innovative new heating technologies, reinforcing our well-established green credentials and creating more high-quality jobs in the city.”

Nick Shepherd, managing director of Britcon, added: “We are delighted to be working with Ideal Heating in delivering this iconic and modern industrial and manufacturing expansion project. We are fully committed to the local area, just as Ideal Heating is.

“We have a strong local supply chain and are excited to be working in partnership with our client and associated stakeholders in not only delivering this project, but also utilising our experience and resources to deliver local employment opportunities during the construction period.”

Ciaran McAteer, director at GGP Consult, said: “GGP is proud to be working with Ideal Heating and Britcon to provide project management, structural, civil and architectural services on this project.

“This development not only creates more opportunities for Hull, but Ideal Heating’s contribution in helping reduce carbon emissions is critical and one of the best ways we can help tackle climate change.”

Construction work at the National Avenue site will start this month.