Brightlingsea-based CTruk unveils details of planned production site in Colchester

CTruk's proposed new Advanced Composite Technology Centre at The Hythe in Colchester.

CTruk's proposed new Advanced Composite Technology Centre at The Hythe in Colchester. - Credit: Archant

Offshore support vessel manufacturer CTruk has unveiled details of its plans for a new production facility in the Hythe area of Colchester which could create more than 120 new jobs.

CTruk, which is based in Brightlingsea, is to use the former Fieldgates site off Haven Road to build larger vessels which will be required for offshore wind farm projects further out to sea.

The company’s existing site lacks the space and waterside access needed to build and launch larger craft and some production activity will transfer to Colchester from next month.

Subject to capital grant support through Round Six of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund initiative, CTruk plans to build an Advanced Composite Technology Centre incorporating a new production facility and offices.

It would also include a training centre, with the new jobs expected to be created including 15 apprenticeship opportunities.

Details of the plans were unveiled yesterday at a launch event on the Colchester site, attended by representatives from local authorities and the business and education sectors.

Company chairman Pete McIntosh said, “CTruk intends to continue driving UK innovation in marine vessel design and to

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remain competitive in a changing market. This new centre will enable the company to diversify and

grow sustainably, meeting our aspiration to be more than boat builders.”

He added: “If we are able to transform this long-derelict site into a vibrant manufacturing hub, it will

not only create new jobs at CTruk, but it will also have a ripple effect of indirect job creation in our

supply chain and the local community as the workforce moves in and grows.”

Ian Vipond, strategic director, commercial and place for Colchester Borough Council, added: “There has been a long tradition of boat building on the River Colne and we are thrilled that CTruk will be continuing this legacy by bringing their firm to the Hythe.

“We are excited at the chance to develop a skills base for this new technology, with expert training and new job opportunities being brought to the borough by the firm.

“We hope this industry will provide a catalyst for regeneration in the local area, with the prospect of economic benefits radiating through east Colchester and beyond. Colchester Borough Council would like to welcome CTruk to their new location and wish them every success for the future.”