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Project Overview

Client Port of Tilbury London Ltd

Project Value £106m

Expertise Civil Engineering

Sector Maritime

Timeline March 2019 - June 2020

Location England - South and Midlands

Tilbury2 Port Expansion, London

Expanding the 'UK's fastest growing port'

Project summary

Categorised as a “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project”, we are delivering a new multi-million pound port terminal – Tilbury2. The Port of Tilbury, regarded as the UK’s fastest growing port, provides “fast, modern distribution services” for the benefit of the “south east of England and beyond”.

Our construction programme, on land at the former Tilbury Power Station at the north bank of the River Thames, will create the “UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ferry port” and the “country’s biggest construction processing hub”.

In September 2018, we were awarded the contract for both the Terrestrial and Marine Packages of this extensive new development. The ECI Phase took place from October 2018 to March 2019, before works began immediately in March 2019. Both contracts are expected to be complete in June 2020.

Project Contact Paul Scott Contracts Director

Email Paul


Project value

March 2019

The project commenced

June 2020

Scheduled completion

The solution

Our Tilbury2 development is facilitating the expansion of the Port of Tilbury and supporting its “local, regional and national economic growth”.

The Terrestrial contract incorporates a Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo), highways works, the relocation of the existing railhead (to accommodate freight trains of 75m), and a fixed structural steel bridge to the linkspan.

Our Marine contract includes works within the tidal estuary beyond the existing sea wall/flood defences, including a floating pontoon, linkspan/articulated bridge, associated pilings and river bed preparation for the berth. In mid-March, a 250tn crawler crane completed the offloading of 800tn of sheet piles, materials required for the Construction Materials and Aggregates Terminal (CMAT) berth cut off wall.

Demonstrating our innovative approach, the first sheet piles were installed in April using a GRAHAM designed, bespoke floating piling gate. To ensure our programme maximises the working area available, we are committed to working the Upstream RoRo and the CMAT berth simultaneously.

"GRAHAM are experts in what they do and have demonstrated this in their recent maritime projects in Hull, Grimsby and Folkestone. There is a great deal to do over the next 12 months and we look forward to opening our new port."

Charles Hammond Chief Executive of Forth Ports Group (owners of the Port of Tilbury)

"Tilbury2 is a significant project for our business and our customers. We are very pleased to have the expertise of GRAHAM to help us to create this new port for London and the south east."

Charles Hammond Chief Executive of Forth Ports Group (owners of the Port of Tilbury)