Tilbury Port Expansion
In Spring last year, plans were formulated for a major expansion at the Port of Tilbury, that will contribute towards the port’s growth strategy.
The site is already one of the largest in the UK, providing distribution and handling services, for a wide range of cargoes, specialising in paper and forest products, containers, construction and building materials, as well as grain and bulk commodities.
Its strategic location makes it the natural point of distribution, with 18 million people living within 75 miles of the site.
The latest development is centred around the construction of a new ‘flat storage facility’, an enlargement of the existing ‘Grain Terminal’ that sits adjacent, for which Construction business Mick George Ltd will shortly begin Earthworks on behalf of Cadman Construction Ltd.
The premises will allow for an additional 16,000 metric tonnes of Wheat to be imported and exported, extending the handling capacity which already stands at an impressive 1.4million tonnes annually, of combinable crops, as well as a storage capacity of 120,000 tonnes.
The works’ aforementioned, will coincide with the creation of ‘Tilbury 2’.
The new ‘Port’ is a consequence of a recent land acquisition. The 152-acre site, takes the total port acreage to 1,100 acres, and incorporates a deep-water jetty facility which is ideal for the ‘port-centric’ logistics in which Tilbury prides itself. The location previously housed the ‘Power Station’ owned by RWE before its closure in 2013.
The scheme has arisen to satisfy the needs of customers and market demand, but will come at a substantial cost, anticipated to be in the region of £100million for the necessary infrastructure improvements.
Michael George, Contracts Director at Mick George Ltd. commented: ‘’The business is well versed in providing Earthwork provisions for transport infrastructure, and are experienced in suitably managing the complexities involved with such locations. Currently working on some major Rail and Road network projects, it will be good to add marinas and boats to that list.’’