Jobs boost for marina

MORE jobs are on the way to Hartlepool after a manufacturing firm moved into a former call centre.

Siemens has became the latest big name to move into the former home of Garlands at Hartlepool Marina.

The giant engineering firm has confirmed that it has taken space in Maritime House which used to be the home of some of the 621 people who worked for Garlands.

The Siemens bosses have confirmed the office will be used by the operations and maintenance staff who are working on the Teesside Offshore Windfarm Project.

The turbines for the new wind farm will be supplied by Siemens.

More than 100 people are involved in the offshore construction programme and they are working out of a base on Hartlepool’s dockland, but the operations and maintenance team will be based at Maritime House until early next year when they will transfer to the port area.

Senior project manager David Fannon said: “Hartlepool is an excellent location for the execution of the Teesside wind farm project due to its proximity to the wind farm.”

“The port provides good space and physical surroundings for the storage and pre-assembly activities.”

Mr Fannon said the wind farm project could create an undisclosed number of jobs.

“In addition to jobs within the service sector that could be created locally to support this operation, it is envisaged that a number of jobs will be created during the O&M stage.”

The deal to let the 2,260 sq ft suite to Siemens PLC was done by Berkshire Property Asset Management while Tyneside-based Gavin Black & Partners advised on the deal.

Chris Pearson, the partner at Gavin Black and Partners, said the news of Siemens arrival followed on from a hugely successful 2011 for lettings at Maritime House.

“We ended last year with four new office occupiers - JDR Cable Systems, Van Oord, Waltons Clark Whitehill LLP and Triage Central – and the latest letting to Siemens is very much icing on the cake,” said Mr Pearson.

Graeme Canning, director of Berkshire Property Asset Management, said: “We realised that following the demise of the previous single occupier, Garlands, the Hartlepool office market was going to have some 60,000 sq ft of second hand space in three separate buildings come onto the market at the same time.

“As such it was necessary to present, through refurbishment and re-servicing works, Maritime House in the most attractive way for prospective occupiers including new external signage and a re-branding and launch of the building. This investment has paid off.”

Lambert Smith Hampton acted for Siemens PLC in the latest letting.