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The most technically advanced container port in the world, propelling the UK to the front of the competitive international market.
Laing O'Rourke was the principal contractor who worked alongside Dredging International to deliver this unique development, located just 25 miles from central London. Using world-leading technology to increase productivity and reduce costs, the largest deep-sea container ships in the world now docks and unloads using streamlined automated systems.
From the outset, world-leading technology has proved invaluable, not only from an engineering perspective, but also environmentally. We used a specialist quay wall technique which stretches 50m through the existing river bed into the London Clay beyond, and dredged 30 million cubic metres to increase the depth of the channel and reclaim land crucial to the development.
Pioneering – monitoring water quality in ‘real time’
The project has used the most sophisticated system in the world to preserve water quality throughout the dredging process. Multi-instrument buoys surrounded the area and transmitted environmental data in 'real time' back to base station, where it was monitored around the clock and used to manage and avoid any negative impact.
Our offsite manufacturing achieved a UK first
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) encourages precise and innovative design and engineering. We used this method to pass a major structural milestone – the tie rod installation for the 1.3km quay. We worked closely with the manufacturer to design and produce the largest coupler anchors in the UK, and then installed 1,300 of these to tie the quay wall to the anchor wall.
Lessons learnt and techniques perfected
Following a number of trials, we assembled the tie rods at the top of the quay wall before craning them into position. Once perfected, we championed this consistent, reliable approach throughout the remainder of the work – 10,000 elements were flawlessly jointed, lubricated and fettled. We installed an extensive network of sensors to monitor ground conditions and much work was undertaken to determine how the data would be collected, recorded and presented.
- European Transport Ddeal of the Year - Project Finance International's annual awards
- European Port Project Finance Deal of the Year Award
- Environmental Protection prize – Lloyd’s List Global Awards ceremony