Major investment at Port of King’s Lynn continues with building of new £2.1 million bulk store

The Alexandra silo complex at the Port of  Lynn
The Alexandra silo complex at the Port of Lynn

Major investment at the Port of Lynn running into millions of pounds continues with the announcement that a Lincolnshire company has been appointed to build a new bulk store.

Associated British Ports has selected building and civil engineering company Britcon to build the £2.1 million facility.

The contract includes the delivery of an 85m by 40m, steel-framed, reinforced concrete building to store dry bulk in four separate bays. Britcon will install internal features such as LED lighting, SPV panels to the roof as well as external yard surfacing.

Britcon was due to start construction in February and expects to complete the project in July, The contract follows Britcon’s successful bid as main contractor to build a £5 million marine control tower for ABP in Grimsby.

The bulk store at Lynn’s busy port follows on from a £1.1 million state-of-the art crane installed at the port this year, which is set to play a central role as ABP develops its agribulks business.

John Whitmore, director at Britcon said, “ABP remains one of our largest clients for which we have become a reliable partner in supporting major build projects across its ports. Indeed, some of our senior team have worked on projects for ABP for over 25 years. We are delighted to secure this exclusive contract which is testament to our sustained approach to delivering value engineering, every time. Our long-term relationship has been built on trust and experience and we look forward to at least another 25 years supporting the group.”

Britcon has extensive experience in the ports industry with other key clients including DFDS Seaways, CRO Ports and VAG Ports.

The 97-acre Port of King’s Lynn handles around 500,000 tonnes of goods each year comprising dry bulks, forest products, steel and other metals.

Contributing £40 million to the regional economy, the port offers a route to international markets for local farmers and supports the construction sector.