Posted on November 23, 2016
Category: Blog Tags: Growth Deal and Local Growth Fund

The LEP’s first Growth Deal was announced in July 2014, totalling £103.7m of investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) and £263.3m from other public and private sector sources. This was extended in January 2015 with a further £9.9m LGF investment, taking in additional projects.

The investment is used to support a range of projects led by our partners, including local authorities and education/training providers. The funding of all projects is subject to approval of their business cases, following independent scrutiny.

Completed projects

New flood defences at Albert Dock, Hull.

New flood defences at Albert Dock, Hull

The first project to complete (in July 2015) was flood alleviation works at Albert Dock, Hull.  Responding to the tidal surge in December 2013, this project involved the construction of a 1,600m concrete wall. It is now providing increased protection to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure in a large part of Hull city centre.

In Goole, a new cycle scheme along the A161 Bridge Street was completed in July 2016, improving access to key employment sites including the Enterprise Zone sites.

The £4m extension to the Growing the Humber grant programme was fully committed in August. This will support more than £21m of business investment and is set to exceed the target of creating 275 jobs.

The new roundabout at Humberside Airport

The new roundabout at Humberside Airport

Work is also complete on the Humberside Airport Surface Access Scheme, which has seen new roundabouts constructed at the Humberside Airport main access and the Barnetby Top junction to open up development opportunities, along with widening of Caistor Road to improve access.

The new glass wall flood defence at Paull

An innovative glass wall is now in place in Paull to provide improved flood defences, with a further phase of work to follow on the Hull & Holderness scheme.

Earlier this month, Goole College launched its completed Carpentry and Joinery Workshop. Work was completed in September, ready for the new academic year.

Projects under construction

Construction is under way on most of the remaining Growth Deal projects. This includes:

More to come

The next projects to see construction on site will include the ERGO centre at the Humber Bridgehead business park, the Westcliff Regeneration Enterprise Hub, new offshore wind facilities at the Port of Grimsby, and infrastructure work at Normanby Hall Country Park in North Lincolnshire.

Pre-construction development work is also progressing on many schemes, including the Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Risk Strategy, the gauge enhancements to the South Humber rail line and the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The current Growth Deal programme is on course to end in 2020/21.  However, earlier this year the LEP put forward a proposal for a further Growth Deal which would see more projects delivered over the next few years.  As construction activity continues around the Humber, we look forward to finding out what other projects we will be able to support.

Richard Kendall

Richard leads the development of the Humber LEP business growth strategy covering strategic policy, economic intelligence, growth policy and support to small and medium sized enterprises and the region’s top companies. His work has included negotiating the Hull and Humber City Deal and negotiating the Humber's Growth Deal as well as developing the accompanying Strategic Economic Plan and Investment Plan for the Humber. He is the key link with the Business development Board.

Richard Kendall