New border control posts are emerging on the Humber as port authorities prepare to implement physical checks after the post-Brexit grace period.
Associated British Ports has brought in Hull-based civil engineering and construction business Spencer Group on the time-critical project, with a team of up to 130 working around the clock on the North and South Bank – as part of a £23 million contract.
It is delivering in Hull and Immingham, with a further addition at Humber Sea Terminal at North Killingholme. In total they represent a £47 million investment.
Once complete they will be used to check on food, animal products and plants crossing the North Sea – a result of the UK pulling out of the EU Customs Union.
ABP’s contract was awarded to Spencer on December 28. A dedicated project team was immediately mobilised, and has been working with the port giant every day since – 24/7 when required.
Rapid progress has been made with the company’s in-house staff already having designed the foundations, steelwork, drainage and cladding details for both sites and secured supply chain partners for the modular buildings, piling, groundworks, steelwork, cladding, internal walls and doors, refrigeration and “dock leveller” loading platforms.
Piling is also complete at the Immingham site while, at the Hull site, Spencer Group has put in place an innovative, in-house designed ground stabilisation system to reduce cost and save time in the construction of foundations.
The project covers a 4.1 acre facility at the Port of Hull – valued at £9.9million – with a total floor space of 3,120 sq m, and a 5.3 acre facility at Immingham (£13 million) with a total floor space of 3,805 sq m.
Andy Beach, operations director for Spencer Group, said: “It wouldn’t be possible to work at the pace we are to meet this demanding deadline without Spencer and ABP working together as a fully integrated team.
“The delivery time is very challenging, so it’s crucial we work in collaboration and that’s precisely what we’ve done from the very first day. We have a fantastic relationship and it’s testament to all involved just how quickly we’ve got this project off the ground.
“As a local contractor, we’re delighted to have been selected to deliver such a prestigious scheme for a key client like ABP at the ports of Hull and Immingham. This is also great news for our local supply chain partners who are supporting us on the project.”
ABP has just completed a £50 million investment to increase the capacity of its container terminals, and is confident it has sufficient capacity as more stringent border controls are Introduced.
Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to support a local supplier to help boost the Humber economy.
“The construction of new border control posts in the ports of both Hull and Immingham will help to ensure we continue to have a smooth flow of trade and we keep vital supplies coming into the nation.”
A £24 million investment is being made at Humber Sea Terminal.