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Smith & Nephew reveals details of £94m Melton site ahead of Hull closure

Smith & Nephew has revealed details of a new major site in East Riding, which is set to replace the existing Hull plant.

The global medical technology company, which was founded in the city in 1856, is planning to invest £94 million in a new home in the Milton West business park. Announced in June, the 38,000-square-meter facility will house offices, laboratories, a warehouse, production facilities, research and development and employee welfare.

Now, Smith & Nephew has begun providing details of the new plant, scheduled to open in 2024, to residents who live nearby. The information in the publication covers a range of topics, including building size and potential impact on traffic, landscape, and light pollution.

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A new photo of the planned facility, sent by Smith & Nephew to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, shows what the building will look like. The site, planned for Wyke Way, will cover approximately 10 hectares and the building will be 14.8 meters (49 ft) tall.

The car park will include 540 parking spaces, including 17 for the disabled. The facility will see 128 car trips during the morning and afternoon rush hours, and 16 heavy truck trips each day, the company estimates. The company said the rotors at Milton Business Park are currently operating at capacity.

The East Riding site will replace the existing Smith & Nephew plant off Hessle Road, Hull
(Photo: Hal Daily Mail)

Smith & Nephew said the site will be designed as part of a net zero strategy, reusing heat generated from production. Zero waste will be sent to landfill sites and some energy will be generated using solar panels.

The plans also envisage landscaping the area around the site to enhance biodiversity. The trees currently on the northern and eastern borders will be preserved to provide a habitat for bats and birds. In addition, 100 new trees will be planted.

The company said building and operating the site would generate minimal noise. Measures will be taken to reduce the impact on air quality during construction while the impact upon opening will be minimal. The lighting will take the neighboring homes and the wider environment into account.

Presently, Smith & Nephew’s headquarters are located off Hessle Road, west of Hull, about eight miles from the new location. When the move was announced in June, Simon Fraser, the company’s head of advanced wound management, said the planned investment demonstrated the company’s commitment to the UK and improving standards of care for its clients, including the NHS.

Smith & Nephew said the new facility is backed by a government grant and will support around £9.4 billion in sales in the first 10 years of operation, according to estimates. The company was unable to find a site in Hull large enough to expand its advanced wound management process, which innovates around conditions such as ulcers and burns.

In June, Mr. Fraser said he was proud that the company was investing in the region for future generations. He added: “Our vision is a world-class business environment that encourages innovation and collaboration to deliver next-generation products that improve the level of care provided by the NHS and customers around the world.”

Smith & Nephew employs about 800 people in the Hessle Road plant out of about 15,000 people worldwide. Emma Hardy, MP for Hal West and Hessell, said earlier she wanted guarantees that as many current jobs as possible would be protected.

After the June announcement, Hull City Council Chairman Cllr Mike Ross said he hoped the move to East Riding would mean Smith & Nephew would continue to play a role in the local economy. He said the company is working with the council on the future of the current plant. Plans have been put forward to create a high-tech medical center for the site.

In June, Cllr Eastern Riding Council Chairman Jonathan Owen said he welcomed the move, adding that the company’s request for the site would be dealt with through the planning process in a timely manner.

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