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28 March 2024

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28 March 2024

ABP breaks ground on Solent Gateway development’s first phase in England 

The development will introduce more than 60 acres of off-site biodiversity habitats. 

Upasana Mukherjee March 27 2024

Associated British Ports (ABP) has broken ground on the first phase of Marchwood Port’s ABP Solent Gateway development in England, UK. 

This 21-acre site development is supported by a £25m ($30.8m) investment and is focused on improving both landside and marine facilities.  

The project aims to expand the port’s capacity to assist UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) operations. 

The development plan includes a new entrance within the port’s boundary and the addition of new pedestrian and cycle routes to connect the port with the nearby Marchwood village. 

The introduction of the entrance and enhanced vehicle management systems is expected to alleviate congestion outside of the port.  

The project will also create more than 60 acres of off-site biodiversity habitats. 

ABP Solent activities regional director Alastair Welch said: “The Solent is a leading gateway for the UK to connect with the world and the UK’s #1 port for deep-sea trade.  

“Developing this connectivity is key for the success of the UK economy as a whole and specifically the 115,000 jobs and £8bn of value ABP’s regional activities, including ABP Solent Gateway, supports.” 

Marchwood is among the initial sites being developed within the Solent Freeport framework.  

Solent Freeport is a UK government initiative aimed at attracting investment to ports and airports, fostering new sustainable businesses and boosting regional prosperity.  

Marchwood Port director Richard Parkinson said: “This multimillion-pound investment is absolutely key to realising the potential of the Port of Marchwood both as a thriving port and to support our armed forces.  

“It adds much-needed additional port capacity to the Solent region. The development has gone through a rigorous planning approval process and is designed with significant features to benefit the local community and the environment.” 

The latest announcement comes after ABP, via its Group Professional Services Framework, appointed Mace for many major projects last month. 

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