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Contractor revealed for next stage of £1bn London port expansion

Aerial of port of tilbury

The Port of Tilbury London Ltd has named Irish contractor Graham as the principal contractor for the next stage of its £1bn port expansion. 

Graham will deliver the new £200M port terminal at Tilbury, winning the land side and the marine contracts.  

The appointment comes as the Port of Tilbury London Ltd received the green light from the Planning Inspectorate to construct the new terminal, dubbed Tilbury2.

The marine works will include construction of a floating pontoon as well as a link-span/articulated bridge. Associated piling and river bed preparation for the berth will also be carried out by Graham.

The programme will involve relocating and expanding an existing freight railhead to accommodate 700m long freight trains. There will also be highway works.

The new terminal will also house a a facility for importing, processing, manufacturing and distributing construction materials. 

Tilbury 2 aerial shot with sketchup model

Tilbury2 aerial shot with sketchup model

Source: Graham

 

Graham executive chairman Michael Graham said the port expansion would be a complex job, but would transform the local economy.  

“The Tilbury2 project is a complex scheme that will facilitate the expansion of the Port of Tilbury and support its continued local, regional and national economic growth,” he said. “We look forward to working collaboratively with The Port of Tilbury and local stakeholders to deliver this transformational scheme.” 

The expansion will double the port’s freight handling capacity from 16M.t to 32M.t a year and create 8,000 new jobs at the site. 

Preliminary work is already underway and the main construction phase is due to begin in mid-March. 

The new terminal is expected to be operational in 2020. 

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