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Associated British Ports eyes £15 million expansion for Port of Southampton


ABP Southampton has announced the latest stage in its £50 million expansion of automotive trade at the Port of Southampton, following the appointment of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure.

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is delighted to be working in partnership once again with ABP. Since 2013, the company has completed five projects for ABP, worth a combined value of £42.6 million.

The new facility will be located between the National Oceanography Centre and the Itchen River within the Eastern Dock.

Port owner ABP is investing a further £15 million to transform and expand the port’s vehicle handling facilities. This will be the eighth multi-storage deck facility at Southampton, which is the UK’s leading vehicle handling port.

Last year, the company delivered the port’s sixth and seventh multi-deck facilities, including the new Pacific Terminal. The two facilities were executed simultaneously and have created almost 10,000 additional spaces.

The Port of Southampton is the UK’s hub for automotive, handling exports worth £40 billion each year. Almost one million vehicles passed through the port in 2017, an increase of almost 10 per cent on the previous year.

The multi deck storage project is due for completion in July 2019.

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure area director for the South, Jon Daines, said: “Over the last five years we’re very proud to have been re-appointed by ABP to deliver a series of expansions to the Port of Southampton.

“This latest expansion to the port’s vehicle handling facilities will cement its position as the UK’s primary hub for automotive shipping, enabling British car manufacturers to reach global markets.

“Our team has developed an effective collaborative partnership with ABP over the years, working to deliver their strategic vision for the future of the Port of Southampton.

“We’re very pleased to be working with ABP once again on this exciting project, which will build on the Southampton’s reputation as a global import and export hub.”

ABP Southampton Director Alastair Welch, said: “This investment in the port allows us to meet the growing demands of the automotive industry into the future. By working with Morgan Sindall to construct the multi-deck facility we are further strengthening our position as the UK’s number one export port.”

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure’s sister-company BakerHicks will oversee the design and engineering of the scheme.

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is currently on site at major schemes across the region. The company recently celebrated topping out at Solent University’s new £28 million sports centre. The building will provide a state-of-the-art sport and physical activity space for all students and staff at the university. The project is expected to complete in the summer of 2019.

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