26.6.2024 | Ports

ABP breaks ground on £7 million new bulk store at Port of King’s Lynn

This marks the largest investment ABP has made in King’s Lynn to date, highlighting the company’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure and supporting the growth of the regional economy.

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, has broken ground on a new bulk store at the Port of King’s Lynn. The store is being constructed for our customer, Azelis, an innovation service provider that supplies speciality chemicals and food ingredients to more than 2,000 customers in the UK.

This marks the largest investment ABP has made in King’s Lynn to date, highlighting the company’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure and supporting the growth of the regional economy.

At 106m long, 44m wide, and 10m high, the new bulk storage facility will be designed to accommodate both loose salt and bagged products and is situated at the junction of Edward Benefer Way and Estuary Road. External works also include 5000m2 of heavy-duty concrete paving. Britcon, a multi-award-winning, carbon-neutral construction company with regional offices across the UK, will design and construct this new facility.

Notably, this will be the first bulk storage warehouse in East Anglia to be constructed under the new industrial frameworks contract, which sets a new standard for future regional developments.

Following the completion of the new bulk store, which is scheduled for May 2025, Azelis will install a cutting-edge bagging plant and relocate to the site, which they will lease. This move will optimise Azelis’ operations and support its asset-light model by extending the current relationship with ABP.

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager (East Anglia) at ABP, said: “ABP is delighted to be making its largest investment in the Port of King’s Lynn to date, with the construction of this new store and for a new customer at the port. King’s Lynn is the preferred Norfolk port for forest products, agribulk, manufacturing and recyclables and is already well-equipped to handle agribulks and aggregates.

“With this new business, we should see more trade movement through the port, which will benefit the wider economy.”

Nick Shepherd, Managing Director at Britcon, said: “We’re pleased to be working again at the Port of King’s Lynn and continuing our long-standing collaborative relationship with ABP. We have developed a methodology to minimise our impact and maintain critical port operations. Our design and construction solution includes LED lighting, the reuse of 3,000 tonnes of recycled aggregates and a sustainable surface water drainage system to reduce carbon and improve environmental outcomes.”

Image: From left to right: Rob Page (ABP), Andy Constable (ABP), Alison Rumsey (ABP), Mick Raspin (Britcon) and John Whitmore (Britcon). Image credit: Stephen Waller.