Southampton's Vosper site earmarked for new National Composites Centre creating jobs boom

Hampshire Chronicle: An artist’s impression of what the Composites Centre might look like on the former Vosper site at Woolston. An artist’s impression of what the Composites Centre might look like on the former Vosper site at Woolston.

A NEW multi-million- pound vision to resurrect one of Southampton’s long derelict industrial heartlands creating hundreds of jobs is a step closer, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The former Vosper Thornycroft shipyard in Woolston is being earmarked for a world-leading manufacturing complex that would make materials for the next generation of bridges, under-sea pipes and engineering works.

The Solent area has been earmarked for a satellite base of the Bristol-based National Composites Centre which manufactures composite materials for use in aircraft parts, vehicles and satellites.

The proposed Solent Large Structures Centre will have the space to accommodate research and construction of materials for much bigger structures in the marine, maritime, oil and gas and construction industry.

The National Composites Centre is already carrying out a feasibility study for a centre somewhere in the region ahead of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills for the initial funding which will have to be topped up with private investment.

Now Southampton City Council has put forward the former shipbuilding site on the banks of the River Itchen at Centenary Quay as a preferred location before submitting a full planning application.

It follows the city losing out to a bid from rival city Portsmouth to redevelop the area for Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup base.

Yesterday Portsmouth civic chiefs confirmed they were not bidding for the composite centre.

Civic leaders have applied for £50million of Government funding to rejuvenate manufacturing in the Solent following a devastating swathe of job losses.

More than 500 posts were axed when Ford ceased production at its Swaythling plant, while around 300 Southampton workers lost their jobs when BAE Systems axed shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

The Government is expected to announce its decision in its Autumn Statement pending the results of the 12-week feasibility study which is being carried out with the University of Southampton.

Southampton City Council leader Cllr Simon Letts hopes construction can begin by December of next year on the site which already has planning permission for manufacturing use.

He told the Daily Echo: “This is a chance to get a head-start in a technology which will shape the future.

“There is a potential for hundreds of jobs with high quality posts in both research and engineering.

“We have a long history of manufacturing in Southampton.

“If we can develop the cutting edge in composites here we can establish a renaissance.

“It will be the next phase in the long and distinguished history in the city.”

Cllr Letts pointed out it benefits from deep water anchorage and nearby rail and road networks.

If accepted he hopes to employ graduates from both Southampton and Solent universities and says many former BAE workers already have the skills to work there.

He said it was likely to replace previous plans to develop the site solely for shipbuilding adding: “It’s better to have a bird in the hand rather than two in the bush.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills said it could not comment on individual bids.

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12:37pm Tue 1 Jul 14

tootle says...

Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.
Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody. tootle
  • Score: 10

12:54pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Oliverm says...

tootle wrote:
Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.
Its a world-leading manufacturing complex - looks like an innovative building - Woolston needs some more inspiring buildings. Great for Southampton, fantastic for Woolston residents.
[quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.[/p][/quote]Its a world-leading manufacturing complex - looks like an innovative building - Woolston needs some more inspiring buildings. Great for Southampton, fantastic for Woolston residents. Oliverm
  • Score: 15

1:09pm Tue 1 Jul 14

George4th says...

It begs the question

"why haven't Portsmouth bid for it?"
It begs the question "why haven't Portsmouth bid for it?" George4th
  • Score: -5

1:20pm Tue 1 Jul 14

southy says...

The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant southy
  • Score: -27

1:56pm Tue 1 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 16

2:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

forest hump says...

southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
You are nothing more than a contentious p***k that when challenged with facts contrary to your drivel, chooses to ignore.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]You are nothing more than a contentious p***k that when challenged with facts contrary to your drivel, chooses to ignore. forest hump
  • Score: 12

2:11pm Tue 1 Jul 14

forest hump says...

forest hump wrote:
southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
You are nothing more than a contentious p***k that when challenged with facts contrary to your drivel, chooses to ignore.
second thoughts
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]You are nothing more than a contentious p***k that when challenged with facts contrary to your drivel, chooses to ignore.[/p][/quote]second thoughts forest hump
  • Score: -4

2:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Cyber__Fug says...

southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
That's the way ! True Southy form!!!!!! good news for Southampton and Woolston, bad news for Southy as he can't deny things are moving on. Yo on admit it, you would rather see this area left derelict so you sit there and moan about the past.

You really do struggle with the fact that things are improving, the country is getting stronger and things are looking better for the future of the local economy; don't you !?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]That's the way ! True Southy form!!!!!! good news for Southampton and Woolston, bad news for Southy as he can't deny things are moving on. Yo on admit it, you would rather see this area left derelict so you sit there and moan about the past. You really do struggle with the fact that things are improving, the country is getting stronger and things are looking better for the future of the local economy; don't you !? Cyber__Fug
  • Score: 9

2:16pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Subject48 says...

How very dare they. I enjoy looking at derelict, dying parts of a town....
How very dare they. I enjoy looking at derelict, dying parts of a town.... Subject48
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

More great news for Southampton .....
.
What a pity the the same old misery guts want to throw cold water onto it ..
.......
More great news for Southampton ..... . What a pity the the same old misery guts want to throw cold water onto it .. ....... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 6

3:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Rob444 says...

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Let's hope it happens.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Let's hope it happens. Rob444
  • Score: 7

3:24pm Tue 1 Jul 14

shirlski says...

Subject48 wrote:
How very dare they. I enjoy looking at derelict, dying parts of a town....
You must be kept very busy in Southampton!
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: How very dare they. I enjoy looking at derelict, dying parts of a town....[/p][/quote]You must be kept very busy in Southampton! shirlski
  • Score: 5

3:28pm Tue 1 Jul 14

shirlski says...

Seriously, If it happens then it can only be a good thing for the area, I remember all the hoo-ha about all the jobs that Palmer Johnson would provide when they moved onto the site, it would have been great if Palmers hadn't have gone t*ts up!
Seriously, If it happens then it can only be a good thing for the area, I remember all the hoo-ha about all the jobs that Palmer Johnson would provide when they moved onto the site, it would have been great if Palmers hadn't have gone t*ts up! shirlski
  • Score: 4

4:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

southy says...

shirlski wrote:
Seriously, If it happens then it can only be a good thing for the area, I remember all the hoo-ha about all the jobs that Palmer Johnson would provide when they moved onto the site, it would have been great if Palmers hadn't have gone t*ts up!
Palmer would of been great for the area and would of employed a high number of locals.
[quote][p][bold]shirlski[/bold] wrote: Seriously, If it happens then it can only be a good thing for the area, I remember all the hoo-ha about all the jobs that Palmer Johnson would provide when they moved onto the site, it would have been great if Palmers hadn't have gone t*ts up![/p][/quote]Palmer would of been great for the area and would of employed a high number of locals. southy
  • Score: -4

4:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

shirlski says...

shirlski wrote:
Seriously, If it happens then it can only be a good thing for the area, I remember all the hoo-ha about all the jobs that Palmer Johnson would provide when they moved onto the site, it would have been great if Palmers hadn't have gone t*ts up!
To correct myself before somebody else does, Palmer Johnson haven't gone bust by any means, they just decided to scale down their European projects and keep all the work in the good 'ole U.S.
[quote][p][bold]shirlski[/bold] wrote: Seriously, If it happens then it can only be a good thing for the area, I remember all the hoo-ha about all the jobs that Palmer Johnson would provide when they moved onto the site, it would have been great if Palmers hadn't have gone t*ts up![/p][/quote]To correct myself before somebody else does, Palmer Johnson haven't gone bust by any means, they just decided to scale down their European projects and keep all the work in the good 'ole U.S. shirlski
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Tue 1 Jul 14

southy says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.
No not oppose try and get them to produce here also, If you don't know who they are it is Kier construction, get them to produce here and you will find Southampton Unemployment Drop in a big way, they are as big as what Tarmac Concrete Contruction use to be.
Yes a job is a job what ever it is, but we need jobs that will employ all sorts of people, Like how many can apply for a chemist fibre designing job at this new place that post on here, these jobs are not what any one can do it is limited to a few qualify research people who know what they are doing on a computer.
When I work at Tarmac Henlaide back in the late 90's doing the Riggers job and covering concrete batcher, there was over 400 people employed there in just the Concrete section there was more employed in the Tarmac plant and there was even more out on the field sites.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.[/p][/quote]No not oppose try and get them to produce here also, If you don't know who they are it is Kier construction, get them to produce here and you will find Southampton Unemployment Drop in a big way, they are as big as what Tarmac Concrete Contruction use to be. Yes a job is a job what ever it is, but we need jobs that will employ all sorts of people, Like how many can apply for a chemist fibre designing job at this new place that post on here, these jobs are not what any one can do it is limited to a few qualify research people who know what they are doing on a computer. When I work at Tarmac Henlaide back in the late 90's doing the Riggers job and covering concrete batcher, there was over 400 people employed there in just the Concrete section there was more employed in the Tarmac plant and there was even more out on the field sites. southy
  • Score: -8

5:06pm Tue 1 Jul 14

tootle says...

Oliverm wrote:
tootle wrote:
Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.
Its a world-leading manufacturing complex - looks like an innovative building - Woolston needs some more inspiring buildings. Great for Southampton, fantastic for Woolston residents.
Woolston needs demolishing and starting over BUT it may be safer if they do a matching paint job. The place has needed brightening up for years.

Oh and Southy - the article defo says manufacturing on site, unless the echo got it wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Oliverm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.[/p][/quote]Its a world-leading manufacturing complex - looks like an innovative building - Woolston needs some more inspiring buildings. Great for Southampton, fantastic for Woolston residents.[/p][/quote]Woolston needs demolishing and starting over BUT it may be safer if they do a matching paint job. The place has needed brightening up for years. Oh and Southy - the article defo says manufacturing on site, unless the echo got it wrong. tootle
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

southy says...

Cyber__Fug wrote:
southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
That's the way ! True Southy form!!!!!! good news for Southampton and Woolston, bad news for Southy as he can't deny things are moving on. Yo on admit it, you would rather see this area left derelict so you sit there and moan about the past.

You really do struggle with the fact that things are improving, the country is getting stronger and things are looking better for the future of the local economy; don't you !?
Would you qualify for a job there, unlikely reading up on it even more this sounds like it will be tied into the University Research.
While unemployment is rising and is not going to stop rising now, untill things totally change, Is the country getting stronger or it more mess about figures to make it look good yet again
[quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]That's the way ! True Southy form!!!!!! good news for Southampton and Woolston, bad news for Southy as he can't deny things are moving on. Yo on admit it, you would rather see this area left derelict so you sit there and moan about the past. You really do struggle with the fact that things are improving, the country is getting stronger and things are looking better for the future of the local economy; don't you !?[/p][/quote]Would you qualify for a job there, unlikely reading up on it even more this sounds like it will be tied into the University Research. While unemployment is rising and is not going to stop rising now, untill things totally change, Is the country getting stronger or it more mess about figures to make it look good yet again southy
  • Score: -7

5:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bassmadman says...

At it's height, VT employed over 7000 at Woolston and the repair dock across the river. Mostly skilled workers, many from apprenticeships, over the years, at Thorneycrofts and other local yards. Usually top rates of pay.
When viewed in this light the proposals hardly make a dent.
Until we return to manufacturing instead of taking in next door's washing, we will sink and fester in abysmal,pointless, serfdom.
When are you people going to WAKE UP and stop pretending you're middle class wealthy. We are slaves to the 1% and have been handed on a plate by this government to the bankers, hedge funds and elite. All they want is to make ever increasing profit with no social expenditure, forgetting, conveniently, who pays for roads, telecoms, energy, education, hospitals, housing etc etc etc. That's us by the way.
At it's height, VT employed over 7000 at Woolston and the repair dock across the river. Mostly skilled workers, many from apprenticeships, over the years, at Thorneycrofts and other local yards. Usually top rates of pay. When viewed in this light the proposals hardly make a dent. Until we return to manufacturing instead of taking in next door's washing, we will sink and fester in abysmal,pointless, serfdom. When are you people going to WAKE UP and stop pretending you're middle class wealthy. We are slaves to the 1% and have been handed on a plate by this government to the bankers, hedge funds and elite. All they want is to make ever increasing profit with no social expenditure, forgetting, conveniently, who pays for roads, telecoms, energy, education, hospitals, housing etc etc etc. That's us by the way. bassmadman
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

southy says...

tootle wrote:
Oliverm wrote:
tootle wrote:
Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.
Its a world-leading manufacturing complex - looks like an innovative building - Woolston needs some more inspiring buildings. Great for Southampton, fantastic for Woolston residents.
Woolston needs demolishing and starting over BUT it may be safer if they do a matching paint job. The place has needed brightening up for years.

Oh and Southy - the article defo says manufacturing on site, unless the echo got it wrong.
Read up on there web site its a research tied to the University they will be manufacturing but it will be for testing and not for mass production
[quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oliverm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: Maybe they could build something a little less striking! More in keeping with the rest of the rather drab construction going on. Or maybe they could re-energise the whole area into a paint job. Joking apaert it would vertainly be good to bring employment and industry back to the area. Especially if local Woolston residents get jobs - no commuting has to be good for everybody.[/p][/quote]Its a world-leading manufacturing complex - looks like an innovative building - Woolston needs some more inspiring buildings. Great for Southampton, fantastic for Woolston residents.[/p][/quote]Woolston needs demolishing and starting over BUT it may be safer if they do a matching paint job. The place has needed brightening up for years. Oh and Southy - the article defo says manufacturing on site, unless the echo got it wrong.[/p][/quote]Read up on there web site its a research tied to the University they will be manufacturing but it will be for testing and not for mass production southy
  • Score: -2

5:27pm Tue 1 Jul 14

southy says...

bassmadman wrote:
At it's height, VT employed over 7000 at Woolston and the repair dock across the river. Mostly skilled workers, many from apprenticeships, over the years, at Thorneycrofts and other local yards. Usually top rates of pay.
When viewed in this light the proposals hardly make a dent.
Until we return to manufacturing instead of taking in next door's washing, we will sink and fester in abysmal,pointless, serfdom.
When are you people going to WAKE UP and stop pretending you're middle class wealthy. We are slaves to the 1% and have been handed on a plate by this government to the bankers, hedge funds and elite. All they want is to make ever increasing profit with no social expenditure, forgetting, conveniently, who pays for roads, telecoms, energy, education, hospitals, housing etc etc etc. That's us by the way.
Very true bassmadman
[quote][p][bold]bassmadman[/bold] wrote: At it's height, VT employed over 7000 at Woolston and the repair dock across the river. Mostly skilled workers, many from apprenticeships, over the years, at Thorneycrofts and other local yards. Usually top rates of pay. When viewed in this light the proposals hardly make a dent. Until we return to manufacturing instead of taking in next door's washing, we will sink and fester in abysmal,pointless, serfdom. When are you people going to WAKE UP and stop pretending you're middle class wealthy. We are slaves to the 1% and have been handed on a plate by this government to the bankers, hedge funds and elite. All they want is to make ever increasing profit with no social expenditure, forgetting, conveniently, who pays for roads, telecoms, energy, education, hospitals, housing etc etc etc. That's us by the way.[/p][/quote]Very true bassmadman southy
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Tue 1 Jul 14

wilson castaway says...

This is what Southampton needs, proper jobs, something for our kids , apprenticeships... all we get are tesco express popping up all over the place.
This is what Southampton needs, proper jobs, something for our kids , apprenticeships... all we get are tesco express popping up all over the place. wilson castaway
  • Score: 13

4:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

dunque says...

southy wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.
No not oppose try and get them to produce here also, If you don't know who they are it is Kier construction, get them to produce here and you will find Southampton Unemployment Drop in a big way, they are as big as what Tarmac Concrete Contruction use to be.
Yes a job is a job what ever it is, but we need jobs that will employ all sorts of people, Like how many can apply for a chemist fibre designing job at this new place that post on here, these jobs are not what any one can do it is limited to a few qualify research people who know what they are doing on a computer.
When I work at Tarmac Henlaide back in the late 90's doing the Riggers job and covering concrete batcher, there was over 400 people employed there in just the Concrete section there was more employed in the Tarmac plant and there was even more out on the field sites.
You really have no idea what you are taking about - you must have picked the more misleading result on google search for NC - i.e. where Kier Construction discuss how they built the Bristol camps. That is the sum of their involvement with NCC which is actually a consortium of high-tech manufacturers. High-tech jobs may not be open to everyone but will create high added=value to the local economy.

http://nccuk.com/cur
rent-members
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.[/p][/quote]No not oppose try and get them to produce here also, If you don't know who they are it is Kier construction, get them to produce here and you will find Southampton Unemployment Drop in a big way, they are as big as what Tarmac Concrete Contruction use to be. Yes a job is a job what ever it is, but we need jobs that will employ all sorts of people, Like how many can apply for a chemist fibre designing job at this new place that post on here, these jobs are not what any one can do it is limited to a few qualify research people who know what they are doing on a computer. When I work at Tarmac Henlaide back in the late 90's doing the Riggers job and covering concrete batcher, there was over 400 people employed there in just the Concrete section there was more employed in the Tarmac plant and there was even more out on the field sites.[/p][/quote]You really have no idea what you are taking about - you must have picked the more misleading result on google search for NC - i.e. where Kier Construction discuss how they built the Bristol camps. That is the sum of their involvement with NCC which is actually a consortium of high-tech manufacturers. High-tech jobs may not be open to everyone but will create high added=value to the local economy. http://nccuk.com/cur rent-members dunque
  • Score: 1

1:12am Thu 3 Jul 14

southy says...

dunque wrote:
southy wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
southy wrote:
The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant
Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.
No not oppose try and get them to produce here also, If you don't know who they are it is Kier construction, get them to produce here and you will find Southampton Unemployment Drop in a big way, they are as big as what Tarmac Concrete Contruction use to be.
Yes a job is a job what ever it is, but we need jobs that will employ all sorts of people, Like how many can apply for a chemist fibre designing job at this new place that post on here, these jobs are not what any one can do it is limited to a few qualify research people who know what they are doing on a computer.
When I work at Tarmac Henlaide back in the late 90's doing the Riggers job and covering concrete batcher, there was over 400 people employed there in just the Concrete section there was more employed in the Tarmac plant and there was even more out on the field sites.
You really have no idea what you are taking about - you must have picked the more misleading result on google search for NC - i.e. where Kier Construction discuss how they built the Bristol camps. That is the sum of their involvement with NCC which is actually a consortium of high-tech manufacturers. High-tech jobs may not be open to everyone but will create high added=value to the local economy.

http://nccuk.com/cur

rent-members
These are very high technical jobs, its a research satlite center not a mass production factory, mass production will be done else where, Kier is part of the NCC, Tarmac had the same sort of thing a research center it use to be at Yoevil Admiralty Oceanography Center and another place at Truro University
[quote][p][bold]dunque[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The jobs that will be created will be for office workers, there will be no contruction of products for sale, that will be donr at the Bristol Manufactoring plant[/p][/quote]Then let us oppose with all our might, signed TUSC the future of Politics in Southampton. Come off your high horse, man, a job is a job whatever it is.[/p][/quote]No not oppose try and get them to produce here also, If you don't know who they are it is Kier construction, get them to produce here and you will find Southampton Unemployment Drop in a big way, they are as big as what Tarmac Concrete Contruction use to be. Yes a job is a job what ever it is, but we need jobs that will employ all sorts of people, Like how many can apply for a chemist fibre designing job at this new place that post on here, these jobs are not what any one can do it is limited to a few qualify research people who know what they are doing on a computer. When I work at Tarmac Henlaide back in the late 90's doing the Riggers job and covering concrete batcher, there was over 400 people employed there in just the Concrete section there was more employed in the Tarmac plant and there was even more out on the field sites.[/p][/quote]You really have no idea what you are taking about - you must have picked the more misleading result on google search for NC - i.e. where Kier Construction discuss how they built the Bristol camps. That is the sum of their involvement with NCC which is actually a consortium of high-tech manufacturers. High-tech jobs may not be open to everyone but will create high added=value to the local economy. http://nccuk.com/cur rent-members[/p][/quote]These are very high technical jobs, its a research satlite center not a mass production factory, mass production will be done else where, Kier is part of the NCC, Tarmac had the same sort of thing a research center it use to be at Yoevil Admiralty Oceanography Center and another place at Truro University southy
  • Score: -1

2:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

SlingersCurlew says...

Beep beep, fire up the outrage bus!

Southy, where on earth do you get your facts from? I assume this is what you've dug up in your research? http://bit.ly/VyZT0z

The centre would be a collaborative enterprise, involving high-tech industry (large and small) and academia. As dunque quite rightly says above, even if those roles weren't open to everyone the local economy would benefit as a result, not to mention future opportunities for students in the area and the impact on UK economy as a whole.
Beep beep, fire up the outrage bus! Southy, where on earth do you get your facts from? I assume this is what you've dug up in your research? http://bit.ly/VyZT0z The centre would be a collaborative enterprise, involving high-tech industry (large and small) and academia. As dunque quite rightly says above, even if those roles weren't open to everyone the local economy would benefit as a result, not to mention future opportunities for students in the area and the impact on UK economy as a whole. SlingersCurlew
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