Spencer Group in race to build Brexit border checkpoints

Grant Prior 2 years ago
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Spencer Group is working round the clock on a time-critical project to deliver new border checkpoints at the Humber ports.

The contractor started work last month for  Associated British Ports (ABP) to deliver two Border Control Posts required as a consequence of Brexit at the ports of Hull and Immingham.

The inspection posts will be used to carry out checks on plants, plant products and animal products such as meat, fish and dairy being imported from the EU.

The Government needs all border checkpoints operational by July because full control of goods entering the UK is required to be in place from this date.

At the project’s peak, 130 Spencer Group workers will will be on the job with construction continuing seven days a week and 24 hours a day when required.

The company’s in-house teams have already 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 the construction of a 4.1 acre facility at the Port of Hull, with a total floor space of 33,584 sq ft, and a 5.3 acre facility at Immingham, with a total floor space of 40,957 sq ft.

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.”

Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to support a local supplier to help boost in 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.”

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