Tarmac has partnered with the Port of Tilbury to create the UK’s largest construction materials aggregates terminals at Tilbury2, the new port being constructed on the north bank of the River Thames.
The work will see the creation of new aggregate processing and manufacturing facilities, including an asphalt and ready-mixed concrete plant at the new port terminal, supported by the terminal’s deep sea capacity for vessels up to 100 000 t. Its riverside location will enable the easy import of raw materials and facilitate the use of the River Thames as a delivery route for processed construction materials into Central London.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Forth Ports on this project,” said Martin Riley, Senior Vice President of Tarmac. “It demonstrates our firm commitment to the development of industry-leading infrastructure to support the delivery of the UK’s long-term built environment ambitions.”
In February 2019, Forth Ports, owner of the Port of Tilbury, obtained approval under a development consent order from the Planning Inspectorate to build a new terminal adjacent to its current port in Thurrock. The new privately-funded port is being built on a 152 acre site and it is envisaged that Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port. It will comprise a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers; a construction materials and aggregate terminal for importing, processing, manufacturing, and distributing construction materials; and new, nationally-strategic rail and road connections into the site.
“This exclusive development will ensure the long-term security of aggregate supplies into London and the South East, allowing us to support vital construction projects while using alternative transportation methods for the movement of materials, taking vehicles off the congested roads around the capital, and using the Thames as a means of importing aggregates and other bulk materials into London,” said Mark Wood, Managing Director – Materials South at Tarmac.
“Our investment in the development of Tilbury2 is essential for the Port of Tilbury to accommodate the growing demand from our customers,” said Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports, Owners of the Port of Tilbury. “This announcement sees the creation of the country’s biggest construction materials processing hub in partnership with Tarmac, the UK’s largest supplier of construction materials, and is a valued addition to the broad range of partnerships we have right across our Tilbury facility.”
“We look forward to welcoming Tarmac to Tilbury2 when the facility opens in 2020,” said Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury. “The port’s deep sea capacity for vessels up to 100 000 t positions it uniquely to service Tarmac’s planned onsite aggregate processing and manufacturing facilities. Tarmac’s location within Tilbury2 will ensure that the construction industry in London and the South East of England can have fast access to the materials they require.”
Joint development of the site by the Port of Tilbury and Tarmac will take place through late 2019 to establish most operations by the end of 2020.
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