VolkerStevin has been appointed by Cumbria County Council to reconstruct the Port of Workington’s riverside wall, which will replace the existing failing structure.
The work has been awarded to the specialist civil engineering company, following a competitive tender and subsequent design development to minimise and manage the risks on site.
The project involves replacing 170m of anchored sheet steel pile quay wall and capping beam, stabilising the existing failing quay and leaving a corner of the port as suitable habitat to encourage wildlife.
David Southward, County Councillor for Egremont and Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Property, said: “Cumbria County Council is committed to the long term sustainability of the Port of Workington and is pleased to confirm that these essential safety works will soon begin in partnership with Volker Stevin. The reconstruction of the riverside wall forms part of a significant investment programme for the port over the next 15 years, which was agreed by the county council in 2014.”
Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: “This is a fantastic project to be awarded where we can contribute to the development and protection of the Port and adjacent River Derwent as well as creating habitat areas on site. We have a lot of experience in working on port infrastructure projects and collaborated with the client to optimise the design and programme to ensure we could meet their budgetary requirements with minimal risk. We are delighted to have won this contract.”
The project duration will last 17 weeks with minimal impact to local community as the works are fully contained within the existing port boundaries.