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Scottish steelwork contractor wins prestigious Ghana project

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BHC has been named as the structural steelwork contractor by UK-based Contracta Construction, in association with UK Export Finance (UKEF), to work on the redevelopment of Kumasi central market in Ghana.

UKEF has provided £70.3M of support to develop and modernise Kumasi central market with a requirement that UK-based companies are awarded the contracts.

BHC will be fabricating over 8,000t of structural steelwork at its 55-acre fabrication facility in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, which will be shipped from Grangemouth to the Port of Tema, Ghana in containers.

Additionally, BHC will be procuring and supplying over 100,000m² of metal decking and cladding.

Kumasi central market is a major trading centre in the Ashanti region, which is visited by thousands of people daily from Ghana and the surrounding countries of Benin and Togo.

The market will feature 6,500 market spaces to lease, 5,400 cold stores, 800 kiosks, 50 restaurants, 210 stalls for fishmongers and butchers, 40 livestock stalls, a police station, fire station, post office and a hospital.

Contracta Construction UK Director Fabio Camara said: “UKEF’s flexible financial support played a key part in securing the Kumasi contract. Kumasi is a vital trading hub for the Ashanti region and West Africa’s largest market, and this modernisation will have huge benefits for vendors and customers, as well as for our continued international growth and UK supply chain.”

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