Hull's historic Blade could get a new permanent home in the city

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Aug 2017

The 75m wind turbine blade that became an early highlight of Hull’s City of Culture celebrations could be given a permanent home.

A new location has been proposed for the historic wind turbine blade which first came to the public's attention when it was lifted into Queen Victoria Square in January.

A planning application has been submitted for the Blade to sit at the entrance of the Siemens site in Alexandra Dock, Hull.

Approval for the plans would see the Blade – one of the first manufactured at the factory which opened in December 2016 – once again on display to members of the public.

The wind-turbine was turned into the sculpture Blade when installed in the city centre following the first week of Made in Hull, as part of the Look Up series of installations.

The art installation, which was seen by 1.1m visitors, was returned to the wind turbine factory site while plans for display were considered.

Jason Speedy, Siemens Gamesa’s Hull Blade factory director, said: “We considered various locations on our Hull site for the blade and we have chosen this one because it will ensure it is seen by as many people as possible.

“It will be clearly visible to all visitors to the factory, partially visible from the A63/Hedon Road which passes the site, and will be positioned just yards from the public right of way which runs around Alexandra Dock, so people using the footpath will see it up close.

“Having previously been interpreted as an art installation, it is now proposed the blade will be a landmark for the Siemens Gamesa factory and a symbol of Hull as a centre of green energy manufacturing, engineering and innovation.”

Martin Green, chief executive of Hull 2017, said: “With the support of our Major Partner Siemens, Nayan Kulkarni's Blade helped kick off Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in spectacular style.

“The incredible journey from the factory to Hull city centre and its streamlined elegance as it resided in Queen Victoria Square is etched in the memory.

“We're therefore delighted that it is proposed to be permanently installed so that people visiting or passing the Siemens Gamesa factory at Alexandra Dock can see it for years to come.”

Councillor Martin Mancey, Hull City Council portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “Siemens’ decision to build the blade factory in Hull marked the commencement of the transformation of the city’s economy and the image and reputation of Hull as The Energy City – a great place to live, work and invest.”

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