Brett building new marine aggregates terminal
New terminal at Portsmouth Port to help meet South Coast demand for construction materials
BRETT Group have secured a long-term lease to operate a marine aggregates terminal at Portsmouth Port, in Hampshire.
Following planning approval in January, a new low-level terminal will be built on site to allow marine-dredged aggregate to be processed into saleable material.
The port, which is operated by Portico Ltd and owned by Portsmouth City Council, is close to the Brett Group’s marine aggregates licences off the Isle of Wight and in the Channel.
Olly Brown, development director for the Brett Group, commented: ‘Brett are delighted to be working with the team at Portico and developing a new aggregate terminal to meet demand for construction materials.
‘The extensive facilities available at Portsmouth Port enable Brett to competitively supply along the south coast, linking with our operation at Newhaven, which opened in 2019.
‘Working closely with the teams at Portico/Portsmouth City Council and expert advisors from Portquay Consulting LLP, this new marine terminal will expand the range of products handled through the port.’
Tom Longland, managing director of Brett Aggregates, said: ‘Aggregates and other construction materials are essential for meeting the UK’s requirements for building homes and essential infrastructure. By providing a source of aggregates at Portsmouth Port, we will enable demand for these materials to be met locally with reduced reliance on imports by road from outside the area.
‘Each ship into the port will deliver the equivalent of around 350 HGVs of aggregates into the heart of the Portsmouth market; this is very good news for local and other south coast customers.’
Portico operations director Steve Williams said: ‘Our focus has been to diversify the business by increasing the types of cargo going through the port, and we are pleased that we have been able to attract this new customer with a long-term commitment.’