Construction firm sets sail on £415m ports framework deal

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Yorkshire construction firm Hobson & Porter has landed a spot on the biggest part of a five-year, £415million design and build framework for the ports.

Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed 11 partner contractors to carry out a construction program at its 21 ports across five regions of the UK.

The work will focus on the design and construction, as well as build-only agreements, of buildings in the ports.

Hobson & Porter, which operates across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been selected for the framework’s Humber region, which covers ABP’s largest port area, including Hull, Immingham, Grimsby and Goole.

The news follows Hobson & Porter recently securing a place on two new regional medium works YORbuild frameworks, which are expected to represent more than £640m of expenditure over the next four years.

These cover the eastern region of YORhub run by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the western region run by Leeds City Council.

These complement Hobson & Porter’s growing executive portfolio, including North Lincolnshire Council, Pagabo Medium Works, Efficiency North, Brierley Homes, Lidl and North East Lincolnshire Council.

Joe Booth, Business Development Director at Hobson & Porter, said: “Achieving a place in the ABP framework follows a rigorous selection process and is a fantastic achievement for Hobson & Porter and our valued chain of supply in East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.

“It has the potential to shape the future development of major ports on the Humber which will ultimately benefit global trade for the UK and local economies in the areas surrounding these ports.”

Hobson & Porter has experience in industrial, logistics and distribution projects across the region, including the recent expansion of Ørsted’s flagship £9 million east coast hub at Grimsby’s Royal Docks, to create the largest offshore wind operation and maintenance facility in the UK.

ABP’s 21 ports support 119,000 jobs and contribute £7.5bn to the economy each year, handling around a quarter of the country’s maritime trade.

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