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Esh secures £7.3m contract for dock construction works

by Mark Cantrell
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A £7.3m scheme that will complete the fitout of the recently widened Ash Barge Dock at Northumberland Energy Park has been awarded to Esh Construction.

Northumberland Energy Park (NEP) is an offshore energy base, located near the Port of Blyth. The site is part of Energy Central, the UK’s unique port-based service, investment and growth cluster for companies operating in the offshore energy and subsea markets.

Working on behalf of Advance Northumberland, the scheme includes the construction of a 3,000 square metre piled concrete relieving slab behind the West and North quay walls at ground level. On completion, areas of the berth will provide a safe working load of 5,300kN to make the dock serviceable for the import and export of components and finished goods.

Esh Construction’s divisional director, Steven Garrigan, said: “The contract marks the start of a new relationship with Advance Northumberland, and we’re delighted to be bringing our expertise to this project which forms part of the wider Phase 1 enabling works plan to provide an extended and deep-water berth at the Ash Barge Dock.”

The work, to be delivered by Esh’s civil engineering division, will see more than 7,000 cubic metres of concrete – the equivalent volume of 2.5 Olympic swimming pools – poured to replace sand and stone. A total of 183 long tubular piles will be installed to support the reinforced concrete slab.

Approximately 9,000 m sq of concrete paving will be laid and new drainage incorporated to take surface water run-off, while the existing mooring bollards will be upgraded to increase capacity to loads of up to 100 tonnes.

Neil Jukes, head of project management at Advance Northumberland, said: “We are very pleased to get North East based contractor Esh Construction on board. This is the final stage of construction works at the NEP1 Dock after which time the facility can be prepared for final operation and be brought into use in 2025.

“It will serve the both the JDR Cables facility and wider Energy Park and contribute to the ongoing regeneration and job creation within the Energy Central cluster.”

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