It laid the foundations for the Port of Hull’s future position as a world-class centre for renewable energy. Featuring the maiden project of the world’s largest backhoe dredger (Boskalis Magnor), one million tonnes of imported Norwegian Stone and 1.4 million cubic metres of sand, this major £114m redevelopment of Alexandra Dock has revolutionised the Green Port Hull’s functionality. Part of a Joint Venture, Charles Brand designed and constructed the new Port facility to accommodate three offshore wind installation vessels on behalf of Associated British Ports’ (ABP) end user Siemens.
The complex works were achieved through 1.5 million RIDDOR free ‘man-hours’, included infilling the existing Alexandra Dock with 780,000m3 of sea won gravely sand material while reclaiming 7.5 ha of the Humber River to create a new 650m long quay wall. Construction also incorporated the dredging of a new berthing pocket / approach channel to -12mCD. Works were completed five-weeks earlier than the original programme.
James leads all pre-construction activity including Business Development, Supply Chain Engagement, Preparation of PQQs, Tenders and Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams. A graduate of the Queens University of Belfast, James is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, specialising in infrastructure and marine engineering.