Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has been appointed by Portsmouth City Council to construct new border control buildings for Portsmouth International Port.
Procured through the Procure Partnerships framework, this £17.1m project will support the wider ambitions of this new free port for Solent, which is one of the eight free ports announced by the chancellor in his budget. It is one of the largest investment projects in the port’s history and it set to generate 100 new jobs when construction is complete.
Kier started enabling works on site on the 1st March 2021 and have been working with its local supply chain partners on the project. The port is due to be complete in Spring 2022.
Mark Norris, regional director of Kier Regional Building Southern, states: “We are proud to have been appointed by Portsmouth City Council to deliver important new infrastructure at Portsmouth International Port.
“Throughout construction, we will utilise our technical expertise and work with our local supply chain partners to build this important border infrastructure which will critically support the Port’s ambitions as a major transport link as well as creating new and sustainable jobs for the local Portsmouth community.”
Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port Director said: “Our contractors are underway on this huge development project and you’ll start to see the Border Control Post (BCP) taking shape.
“This has allowed us to expand and we will be able to increase our role as a key port, providing critical routes for UK-EU trade serving the western channel and providing resilience against the challenges of the short crossings in Kent.
“Green credentials are also at the forefront of our plans, as any new development must meet our target to become the UK’s first net carbon neutral port by 2030.”
This is the latest project Kier has won in Portsmouth, with others including Mayfield school.
Photo courtesy of Portsmouth International Ports