Plans approved for £12.5m Ideal Heating R&D facility  

Plans approved for £12.5m Ideal Heating R&D facility  

Ideal Heating has received the green light to establish a new £12.5m research and development facility to support low carbon technologies including heat pumps. 

The company has been granted full planning permission for the UK Technology Centre its headquarters site in Hull. 

The R&D facility will create a testbed for product development and advancements in the heating solutions to help decarbonise UK homes and business premises. 

The state-of-the-art facility will also see the UK market leader expand its R&D team. 

Ideal Heating Engineering Director Helen Villamuera said: “Our UK Technology Centre is part of a major £60m investment we’re making in our Hull site, to support heat pump manufacturing, distribution and innovation in heating technologies. 

“From the outset, Hull City Council has been fully supportive of our plans, which will create highly skilled jobs and expand our existing R&D capabilities at our site in Hull. 

“We’re delighted to have secured full planning permission for the UK Technology Centre. We will now begin a competitive tender process to appoint a contractor to deliver this project.” 

The R&D centre is set to be operational in early 2025. 

Ideal Heating has also opened a £2.2m National Training and Technology Centre in Hessle, on the outskirts of Hull, with capacity for up to 5,000 installers every year to learn the skills needed to supply and maintain heat pumps. 

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