The Port of Heysham is near Morecambe in Lancashire

Contractor scoops £26m Peel port works

Sarah Townsend

Peel Ports Investments has selected Belfast-based McLaughlin and Harvey to oversee infrastructure works at the Port of Liverpool, Port of Heysham near Morecambe, and Clydeport in Scotland.

The infrastructure works are planned as part of Peel Port’s allocation from the Government’s £200m Port Infrastructure Fund, made available to UK ports to help improve their readiness for the completion of Brexit.

It intends to use its allocation to upgrade three of its major sites, including in Liverpool and Heysham.

The work to be carried out by McLaughlin and Harvey will include the construction or upgrade of port entry infrastructure; border control points and checks; warehousing and storage; vehicle loading and unloading facilities; ancillary infrastructure; offices, utilities and technology infrastructure; port security, access and servicing facilities; port access road improvements, and holding areas to facilitate necessary checks, as well as improvements to staff and driver welfare facilities, according to an official procurement notice.

The starting date for the contracts is backdated to 18 January, and works must be substantially completed by 1 July, under the terms of the Government funding.

Peel Ports has been contacted for comment.

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