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Car parking capacity set to increase at Port of Southampton

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Containing 1,200t of steel, Deck 6 under construction

Port owner Associated British Ports (ABP) is looking for a project team to build another car storage facility at the Port of Southampton.

The facility will be five decks high with each deck measuring six acres in area. It will be the eighth and largest of a series of planned car storage buildings being developed to enable the port to handle a greater number of cars, which are shipped to meet overseas demand.

Connor Peter Smith, Project Engineer at the Port of Southampton said: “This latest multi-deck car park is likely to be a steel-framed structure supporting precast slabs as all of the previous ones have been built using this method.”

Currently, Morgan Sindall is constructing multi-deck car parks 6 and 7, with steelwork being fabricated, supplied and erected by James Killelea.

Deck 6 is a 2.5- acre facility over five levels, which will provide car parking spaces for 3,251 vehicles. While Deck 7, the largest car storage facility on the port, is a 3.98-acre facility, which will be capable of housing 5,418 vehicles over five levels.

Alastair Welch, ABP Port Director, Southampton, said: “The Port of Southampton contributes around £1bn to the UK economy and supports about 15,000 jobs. Our automotive business plays a significant role in delivering that success and we are committed to investing in world class facilities to support that trade and help it to grow.”

Model of Deck 7, which will need 1,640t of steel

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