Peel Ports has named Lend Lease as the main contractor for its £300 million deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool.
Lend Lease will drive the overall programme, support operations, and will collaborate with Peel Ports’ team in managing value together in such areas as establishing site facilities and rules.
The contractor will manage the quay wall contractor, once it is selected, to ensure efficient and cost effective delivery of work packages.
Peel Ports Mersey managing director Gary Hodgson said the naming of the principal contractor “is a vitally important move in the construction of Liverpool2, and we are confident that Lend Lease, with an impressive track record on major construction projects across the globe, is the right company for the job”.
“This facility represents a transformational project for the Peel Ports business,” he added. “It will bring thousands of jobs and economic prosperity to the Merseyside region along with the rest of the North West. By any standard it is a significant development and a major investment. By naming the principal contractor today, we have further emphasised our commitment to the building of Liverpool2.”
Executive Director for Lend Lease project management and construction across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Michael Dyke, said Liverpool2 is “a complex project that will require close collaboration with all stakeholders, at every level”.
“This project is wholly consistent with our increased focus on economic infrastructure and reinforces our commitment to the EMEA region, given the significant contribution Liverpool2 will have upon the local community and the UK economy as a whole,” he added.
The new terminal will accommodate two vessels of up to 13,500 teu at a time. Forecast usage by importers and exporters will remove over 150 million miles of transport from the UK’s motorway and rail freight networks, reducing congestion, improving the carbon footprint of international supply chains and delaying the requirement for public expenditure on future transport network capacity.
Developers say it will be the largest boost to employment creation and the Merseyside economy since the development of the Liverpool ONE city centre retail complex, delivering more than 6,000 jobs.
The construction programme comprises a new 854-metre quay wall, the in-filling of the newly created land-mass, the dredging of a new 16.5 metre deep berthing pocket adjacent to the quay wall, the installation of ship to shore quay cranes and modern cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes and associated supporting infrastructure works.
The quay wall contractor will be named soon, and further packages of work will be advertised, including design and consultancy services.