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Bam Nuttall and Van Oord scoop £75m Peel Ports deal

A Bam Nuttall and Van Oord joint venture has won a £75m deal for Peel Ports as part of its £300m scheme to build a new container terminal on the Mersey estuary in Liverpool.

When complete, the new facility will accommodate some of the world’s largest container vessels two at a time. It is due to open in 2015.  

Peel Ports named Lend Lease as the main contractor for its £300m deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool last year.

Bam Nuttall will design the quay wall and the crane rails, construct a new 854 m quay wall and install ship-to-shore quay crane rails, as well as supporting infrastructure works such as the construction of new road, surfacing and fencing.

Van Oord will remove around 500,000 cu m of soft materials using a combination of Van Oord’s water injection dredging technique and backhoe dredger Goliath – the largest backhoe dredger in Europe.

To create the new container area, 1m cu m of reclamation material sourced from the River Mersey will be placed with a trailing suction hopper dredger, after which the berthing pocket will be dredged with a cutter suction dredger and material reused as fill.

Vertical drains to consolidate the water-saturated subsoil and increase soil stability will be installed by Van Oord subsidiary, Wicks. Vertical drainage will result in reduced residual settlement.

Peel Ports programme director Douglas Coleman said that the appointment of the Bam Nuttall/Van Oord JV was a significant milestone in the delivery of the Liverpool2 project.

He said: “The JV secured the package of work amidst an intense environment of competition. We are delighted to be working with the JV on this complex and challenging aspect of the project.”

Van Oord UK managing director Maurits den Broeder said the JV’s expertise “guarantees an economic answer to the UK’s growing need for container capacity”.

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