VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed by Hutchison Ports to undertake the next phase of expansion at the Port of Felixstowe.

Its latest project at the Suffolk port involves the design and construction of 13 hectares of paved container yard directly behind berth 9.

During the 15-month programme, VolkerFitzpatrick will be working together with fellow VolkerWessels UK business, VolkerStevin, to reclaim 3.2 hectares of seabed behind the existing finger pier.

VolkerFitzpatrick’s specialist paving division will carry out the works by utilising its own paving and concrete batching plant onsite.

The firm is understood to have been up against Graham Construction and a Farrans/Roadbridge joint venture.

Clemence Cheng, executive director of Hutchison Ports, said: “Berths 8 & 9 were the first in the UK built to accommodate the latest class of ultra-large container vessels. The creation of additional container storage will allow us to optimise container handling operations between the berth and its supporting yard and further enhance the service we offer to our customers.”

Chris Evans, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s civils division, said: “After successfully completing rail terminal and berth extension works for Hutchison Ports in the past, we are delighted to work at the Port of Felixstowe once again.”

Completion of the new container yard, which will comprise ten container blocks and allow 6-high stacking, is scheduled for early 2019.

Source: Construction Enquirer

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