VolkerStevin Marine has won an £18 million contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation covering the design and construction of a warship ammunition depot in Portsmouth.
The VolkerWessels UK subsidiary is currently working on the design of the facility, which will be used to load ammunition onto hi-tech Royal Navy frigates.
The project, which consists of a 15 metre by 85 metre jetty, two mooring dolphins and two small vessel pontoons, will start on site in the city’s Upper Harbour area next month.
Completion of the project is scheduled for summer 2012.
VolkerStevin Marine project manager Gerrit Smit said: “We are currently working alongside the MOD operational teams on the detailed design of the facility. We are adapting our construction methods, plant selection and material logistics to take account of the sensitive nature of the environment we are building in.
“As the facility has no land connection everything will be taken to site by ship; with this in mind we are maximising the use of pre-fabrication and pre-cast methods of construction to minimise the movements required. Piling activity will be complete before the over winter bird period begins in November.”