15 March 2017

Top Civil Engineering Award for GRAHAM Construction

Gladstone Biomass Terminal wins ICE North West Award.

The £84m Gladstone Biomass Terminal, designed and constructed by GRAHAM Construction, has won the Large Project of the year award at the annual Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) North West regional awards.

The Gladstone Biomass Terminal developed at the Port of Liverpool (which is owned by Peel Ports Group) is a new material storage and handling facility. This new dockside biomass terminal will support the EU’s largest decarbonisation project at Drax’s Selby power station. A fully automated bulk-handling facility, it is capable of handling three million tonnes of wood pellets a year. The pellets are stored on site, in three concrete slipformed silos, 40m diameter and 55m high and then transported to Drax by rail.

When presenting the award Darrell Matthews, ICE North West Regional Director said “Gladstone Biomass Terminal is a truly stunning project, the first facility of its kind on the west coast of England. Built with safety and the environment to the fore, the complexity of the engineering made it a clear winner.”

Contracts Director at GRAHAM Construction, Paul Scott said: “We are delighted to have won this award, which is further recognition of the professionalism, expertise, teamwork and “can do” attitude of the GRAHAM Construction project teams. A key part of the project’s success was the high level of teamwork between our staff and those of Peel Ports and a commitment to deliver a state of the art plant that employs industry-leading technologies, safely to a demanding timeline.”

Garry Sharpe, Project Director Peel Ports Group said: “This is a proud moment for the teams who have worked collaboratively to safely deliver an infrastructure project that has the potential to transform the North of England and ultimately the UK. Biomass is an important part of Peel Ports’ strategy and is in line with the businesses’ aims to deliver growth and transfer freight from road to more sustainable forms of transport such as rail and water.”