Top Mark for Alexandra Dock Development

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l-r Artist Debi Keable; City of Culture of CEO Martin Green; ABP Head of Projects Humber, Simon Brett; Former Lord Mayor of Hull, Anita Harrison; Tim Rix, MD, JR Rix & Sons Ltd. And Simon Bird, ABP Director Humber at the unveiling event in May 2016 (image courtesy of ABP -

l-r Artist Debi Keable; City of Culture of CEO Martin Green; ABP Head of Projects Humber, Simon Brett; Former Lord Mayor of Hull, Anita Harrison; Tim Rix, MD, JR Rix & Sons Ltd. And Simon Bird, ABP Director Humber at the unveiling event in May 2016 (image courtesy of ABP –

The re-routed footpath circling ABP’s Alexandra Dock has been awarded a Good Mark by Hull Civic Society.

The award, which recognises schemes that enhance the built environment and re-energise historic architecture, was given to ABP and the students of Hull School of Art and Design, who worked with Hull City Council to develop a sculpture trail along the length of the path.

ABP commissioned artworks by local artists and art students to celebrate Hull’s maritime past, present and future in order to add points of interest along the length of the public right of way. The sculptures sit alongside murals designed by Victoria Dock Primary School and Andrew Marvell School, as well as information boards created by ABP and the Hull and Barnsley Railway Stock Fund.

The sculptures, murals and information boards were unveiled by ABP and the City Council at an event in May.

ABP Head of Projects Humber, Simon Brett collected the Good Mark award with the students responsible for the sculptures.

He said: “Re-routing the footpath was not a decision we took lightly and we knew we’d have to improve on what was there previously in order to provide a satisfactory solution for those who enjoyed using the old path.

“It was decided that we would install information panels and murals, that we would provide lighting and seating areas for people to watch the Siemens development take shape, and that we would also give local artists the opportunity to design installations that would enhance the visitor experience.

“We worked very closely with Hull City Council and Hull School of Art and Design over the course of a year to ensure the designs were right for the setting and the response we’ve had to them has been enormously gratifying – people really like them.

“We’re proud to have been recognised by the Civic Society for the work we’ve done and we’re very grateful to them for this award.”

Paul Priestley-Leach of Hull Civic Society said: “It would have been much easier to construct a path of a very basic standard, but instead we have a well landscaped route with lots of well-designed delightful detail, including sculptures by post-graduate students of Hull School of Art and Design. A thoroughly deserved Good Mark”.

The sculptures, which include a six-metre sheepshank knot, an illuminated wave featuring a specially commissioned poem and a miniature container, can be found on the pathway along the western, northern and eastern boundary of Alexandra Dock and can be accessed via Northern Gateway, Victoria Dock or Earle’s Road.

  • ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
  • ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84,000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.


  • Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • Has 1.4 million square metres of covered store
  • Has 1000 hectares of open storage
  • Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
  • Has 87km of quay

Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.

ABP Humber

The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 61 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.

Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 50 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

£130-plus million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase created 100 employment opportunities.

The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.

The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.

More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.

Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over one million tonnes of cargo annually.


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