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Morgan Sindall wins £24 million Southampton port expansion project

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Morgan Sindall has been appointed to two contracts worth a combined total of £24 million to further extend car storage and handling facilities at the Port of Southampton.

Southampton is the UK’s principle automotive port and has purpose-built facilities dedicated to handling this trade. Port owner Associated British Ports (ABP) has commissioned the construction of two new multi-deck car storage facilities to enable the port to handle greater numbers of cars, which are shipped to meet overseas demand.

Morgan Sindall’s appointment is a key element in ABP’s £50 million investment to transform and expand vehicle handling facilities at Southampton.

The scheme at Southampton’s Eastern and Western Docks will see the Morgan Sindall project team construct two multi-level storage facilities, Deck 6 and Deck 7, which will provide a combined total of 8,669 additional car parking spaces for the port.

Deck 6 is a 2.5 acre facility over five levels which will provide car parking spaces for 3,251 vehicles. While Deck 7, the largest car storage facility on the port, is a 3.98 acre facility, which will be capable of housing 5,418 vehicles over five levels.

Morgan Sindall was previously appointed to deliver the £8.3 million extension of the port, a project which the company successfully delivered in 2015.

Alastair Welch, ABP Port Director, Southampton, said: “The Port of Southampton contributes around £1 billion to the UK economy and supports about 15,000 jobs. Our automotive business plays a significant role in delivering that success and we are committed to investing in world class facilities to support that trade and help it to grow.”

Andy Duff, managing director at Morgan Sindall in the south, said: “Morgan Sindall is delighted to have been appointed to this significant scheme, following our team’s successful delivery of the first phase of ABP’s Southampton Port expansion project last year.

“ABP’s investment and wider development of the port will create a world-class facility and further boost Southampton’s standing as the UK’s number one vehicle handling port. We’re pleased and proud to be working alongside ABP to expand and upgrade this key international trade gateway.

“Morgan Sindall’s significant experience and knowledge gleaned delivering high-quality projects of a similar nature will stand us in good stead and we’re looking forward to delivering two great new facilities which will have a highly positive impact on the port’s ability to handle the huge numbers of vehicles it manages each year.”