ABP Vancouver Timber Storage Building

  • Form of Contract

    Form of Contract

    JCT Design & Build

  • Client


    Associated British Ports

  • Project Manager

    Project Manager

    Robert Page

  • Principal Partners & Engineers

    Principal Partners & Engineers

    Eastwood and Partners

  • Programme


    26 Weeks

  • Completion


    October 2021

Works Scope

At the port of Kings Lynn, our client had an issue where they needed to increase their timber storage capacity - due to market supply and importation increases, to keep Britain trading.

The new Dutch Barn undercover storage facility was constructed adjacent to the harbour and consisted of piled foundations, steel frame and cladded envelope, deep drainage connections, incoming services, external works and a small office and welfare facility. Alongside the construction of the new building, Britcon protected a listed timber constructed warehouse whilst maintaining busy port activities.

Appointed as Principal Contractor, this project utilised all three Britcon services – Civils, Build and Steel. Operating as Principal Contractor, we had to mitigate the risk of damaging a key underground drainage culvert that ran through the construction footprint of the new building, which was controlled by our team to great success.

Key Project Challenges

  • Underground drainage culvert.
  • Mitigating the risk of damage.
  • Live Port working and site rules compliance.
  • Critical programme timetable for the end user.
  • Surrounding buildings and temporary building retention works.
  • Ground obstructions and existing services.
  • Reducing carbon and energy costs.

How we successfully delivered the project

We worked in partnership with Associated British Ports, employing our ‘Britcon Way’ principles and using collaborative planning techniques to deliver this project safely, ahead of programme and on budget. We undertook early survey works to identify existing site services and developed an innovative piling technique to minimise our impact.

We used digital technologies and BIM to produce detailed site logistic plans. We produced detailed RAMS and a programme to minimise our impact on site to support movement of port traffic during the pandemic. The use of digital tools supported faster decision making and our common data environment ensured all documents and sign offs had full audit trails.

  • A community investment plan, provided targets and a clear focus.
  • Carbon reduction plans helped to reduce the client’s impact.
  • The use of digital tools supported collaboration, and the use of Microsoft Teams and new working methods supported safe Covid-19 working.

Added value and social impact

  • SROI impact £710k
  • 80% of subcontracts placed locally
  • 2 new jobs created
  • 45 apprentice weeks supported
  • 1 work experience student accommodated
  • Tree planting to offset carbon impacts
  • Installation of LEDs reduced carbon impacts
  • 9/10 customer satisfaction score