Siemens plans Ruston Works plant revamp

Siemens in Lincoln plan to refurbish the reception area of one of their main buildings in order to leave a better impression on visitors.

The company’s Ruston Works plant near Pelham Bridge will see remodelled external and internal areas of the front of house, which will cost around £5 million.

More windows will also be added, boasting views of the city, as well as a new slate roof and additional floor space.

Outside the building, the car park will also be revamped by adding more motorbike parking and giving visitors more transport options.

The reception will also have a better lounge area and disabled access, given the City of Lincoln Council approves the planning application submitted for Siemens.

The planning for the revamp was submitted by Blue Sky Planning and designed by local firm John Roberts Architects.

Because of the revamp, 140 jobs will be secured at the factory.

The news of the Lincoln revamp comes after Siemens announced a great start to the first quarter of the year, securing orders worth more than £100 million.

Nick Muntz, managing director of Siemens in Lincoln said: “Today our order book is at a 10-year high and future prospects continue to look positive.

“Our recognition as the new global centre of competence for packaging is confirmation of the quality, expertise and professionalism of the Lincoln team.

Deputy Leader of the City of Lincoln Council Marc Jones said: “This is terrific news for the city and the county which demonstrates that Lincoln is a great location where engineering businesses can invest with confidence and really thrive.

“Siemens is one of the world-class engineering firms we have in the greater Lincoln area and their decision to further invest in the city is a real shot in the arm for the local economy.”

Siemens previously announced that it is ready to go ahead with the relocation of its industrial gas turbine service business.

The company plans to move its industrial gas turbine service business currently located at Firth Road and Olympic House to a new site in Lincoln.

Siemens is considering a number of locations, but has confirmed that its preferred site is at Teal Park, situated near Lincoln’s bypass.

The University of Lincoln and Siemens are also building a £37 million engineering hub on Ropewalk, Lincoln, which will create 129 new jobs in the region.

The new building is expected to be finalised in September 2011, after the first brick at the site was laid in February.