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The Crown Estate pledges support for Grimsby’s Projekt Renewable.

9:49 am, Tuesday, 5th March 2024 - 1 month ago


Pictured above are the Crown Estate team on their first visit to Alexandra Dock in October 2023. (Left to right): Max Renton, Harriet Baldwin Chelsea Bradbury, Sian Peace and Jasmine Brown.

The Crown Estate has officially registered its support by becoming a patron of Projekt Renewable.

With a £50,000 investment now committed to further expand Grimsby’s Alexandra Dock-based Projekt Renewable, The Crown Estate spoke at length about how this promising partnership will take shape with Projekt Director, Richard Askam as representatives from The Crown Estate joined Rich at The Studio to record a video podcast.

The Crown Estate manages land, the seabed and much of the coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland on behalf of the nation, creating long-term value for the country. It is focused on supporting the UK’s energy transition and improving energy security alongside stewarding the protection and restoration of nature. One of the ways it does this is by sustainably developing the seabed to support green, renewable energy industries, such as offshore wind. This partnership provides an exciting opportunity to connect people in Grimsby more closely with its role as manager of the seabed.  

An aspirational beacon for Grimsby and beyond, Projekt Renewable was always built with the view to extend and evolve to suit the demands of both the local community and the renewable champions operating within the area. To have The Crown Estate officially join its trio of boxes is an incredibly proud moment for the entire Projekt team.

Projekt Director, Richard Askam, said: “Ever since I first floated the idea of Projekt Renewable to The Crown Estate, they have been so supportive of the logic and drive that lies behind what we are doing. To have The Crown Estate come onboard in 2024 as a #projektpatron and take a space at Projekt which is being designed to further everyone’s knowledge of marine conservation is just brilliant.”

Chelsea Bradbury, Senior Marine Data and Insights Manager, The Crown Estate, added: “We’re thrilled to build on our prior support of Projekt Renewable Grimsby with a financial investment, giving us a physical presence in the local community. Through this partnership, we want to make sure everybody in Grimsby and beyond is proud of what’s on their doorstep by showcasing the activity taking place on the seabed to reach net zero and the amazing work being done to protect and enhance nature and marine habitats. Potentially even inspiring more people to look at careers in this space. As an offshore wind hub, Grimsby is the perfect location to spark people’s imagination and curiosity, and we’re excited to work with the local community to understand what they would most like to know and learn about this industry.”

The Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, which supports Projekt, Cllr Philip Jackson, added: “When I look around the borough there is a growing number of venues and facilities all aimed at offering inspiration to people – from youth centres expanding or redeveloping, to the new Horizon Youth Zone. Projekt Renewable is without doubt one such facility. It is a great concept, in a great location – encouraging everyone, especially our young people, to understand and become more involved in the renewables opportunities across North East Lincolnshire. I am proud to be the Leader of a local authority that offers support for such projects.”

Further details on The Crown Estate’s offering as part of Projekt Renewable will be made available shortly, with its space in Alexandra Dock set to open in late 2024.

If you’ve got something you want to say, a project you want to kick off, a partnership you think could help or an event you’d like to talk about, email the Projekt team at [email protected]


To watch and listen to Rich interviewing The Crown Estate’s Chelsea Bradbury, Senior Marine Data and Evidence Manager, and Tazz Shaw, Senior Digital Product Owner, click here.

For more information, imagery and interviews please contact Knapton Wright:

E: [email protected]

T: 01652 638290

About Projekt Renewable:

An educational and cultural hub, Projekt Renewable has been created to inspire the next generation of renewable energy experts through a ‘destination’ full of immersive experiences. Creating a better environment for the future of our planet and the generations to come, with homegrown talent at its core – this is what Projekt Renewable embodies.

Supported by The Crown Estate, myenergi, RWE Renewables UK, the NSPCC, Wilkin Chapman LLP, the University of Lincoln, and the Town Deal, alongside a whole host of #projektpatrons, Projekt Renewable unites the area’s future and past.

Situated next door to an icon of Grimsby’s history – the Fishing Heritage Centre – and run largely on solar power, this ground-breaking scheme promises not only to celebrate the opportunities presented by sustainable energy production in the UK’s Energy Estuary, but also act as a catalyst for bridging the gap between the industry and the local community, showcasing exactly how versatile, accessible and promising renewables is, for everyone. Projekt will further solidify North Lincolnshire and the Humber region as the UK’s thriving renewables hub.

For enquiries about utilising the Projekt Renewables spaces or to find out more about supporting Projekt get in touch with Richard Askam:

E: [email protected]


Instagram: @TheProjektGY

LinkedIn: @ProjektRenewableGY

About The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate is a significant national landowner with a diverse £16bn portfolio that includes urban centres and development opportunities; one of the largest rural holdings in the country; Regent Street and St James’s in London’s West End; and Windsor Great Park. We also manage the seabed and much of the coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, playing a major role in the UK’s world leading offshore wind sector.      

We are a unique business established by the Crown Estate Act 1961, operating independently, and tasked with growing the value of the portfolio for the nation and returning all of our net profit to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation’s finances. This has totalled £3.2bn over the last ten years.     

Through addressing our strategic objectives, The Crown Estate delivers financial value to the Treasury and creates wider environmental, social and economic value for the nation, both for now and into the long term. This includes:     

  • Playing a significant role in unlocking renewable energy for millions of homes through sectors such as offshore wind and creating opportunities for new technologies like CCUS and hydrogen to deliver the UK’s energy security transition, resulting in thousands of jobs for communities across the UK.    
  • Supporting the sustainable transformation of land use in the UK through diversified, regenerative agricultural and environmental best practice alongside a thriving natural world.     
  • Becoming recognised as a centre of excellence for environmental and ecological best practice across the Windsor Estate.    
  • Identifying and creating opportunities for thriving and resilient communities across the country to support regeneration, housing and innovation.   
  • Ensuring London retains its global city status, by fostering a more vibrant, greener and inclusive destination for millions of visitors and businesses.     
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