Tarmac and Forth Ports have announced a deal to develop a new construction materials terminal at Tilbury2, the new port being built 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-mix concrete plant, at the new port terminal, supported by the terminal’s deepsea capacity for vessels up to 100,000 dwt.
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’re 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 (DCO) 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.
Mark Wood, Tarmac’s managing director, Materials South, commented: “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.”
Charles Hammond, CEO of Forth Ports, said: “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.”