A major milestone has been reached as Associated British Ports (ABP) and civil engineering contractor Spencer Group work to deliver Brexit border checkpoints at the ports of hull and Immingham.
The Government had directed all Border Control Posts BCPs – which will be used to carry out checks on plants, plant products and animal products imported from the EU – must be operational by July 1 as part of its staggered approach to introducing new border control checks following Brexit, although this date has since been relaxed.
A dedicated project team was mobilised immediately after Spencer Group was awarded the contract by ABP on December 28 and has been working every day since in order to deliver the project on time.
The team has now hit a major milestone, with the foundations having been completed ahead of schedule at both sites. Steel structures are currently being erected and a modular building for border control officers at Immingham is already in place.
“We’ve maintained our progress and momentum and achieved the first significant milestone, which was the completion of the foundations, ahead of programme,” said Andy Beach, Operations Director for Spencer Group.
“It has been an incredible effort by all involved and has only been possible by such close and effective collaboration between ourselves and ABP. We are working together as one project team. There’s still a lot to do, but it’s going very well.”
The project covers the construction of a 4.1 acre facility at the Port of Hull, with a total floor space of 33,584 sq ft, and a 5.3 acre facility at Immingham, with a total floor space of 40,957 sq ft.