CMAT at Tilbury2

Partnership signed to create UK's largest construction materials terminal at Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury and Tarmac have signed a long-term partnership to create the UK’s biggest construction materials aggregates terminal at its new satellite port, Tilbury2. 

The 25-year agreement follows a £250 million pound investment made by Forth Ports, owners of the Port of Tilbury. 

The purpose-built aggregate processing and manufacturing facility will be strategically located to serve London and the South East and has multimodal connectivity. The new terminal will be capable of discharging the world’s largest deep-sea vessels while its riverside location combined with a dedicated railhead means efficient delivery of construction materials into central London without the use of heavy road haulage.

Tarmac said the agreement underlines its commitment to reducing emissions and creating a safer environment for other road users. Peter Buckley, Senior Vice President, Tarmac, said: “Construction materials have a critical role to play in helping deliver the major infrastructure and construction projects which are supporting the UK’s economic recovery and long-term development. 

“Our agreement with Forth Ports underlines a continued focus by Tarmac to develop industry leading facilities which will support these schemes, with the Build Back Better agenda and a clear commitment to driving sustainability and enhanced efficiencies.”

Mark Wood, Regional Managing Director, Materials South, at Tarmac, added: “The development of the new construction terminal demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the long-lasting security of high-quality aggregate supplies into London and the South East. 

“Using the Thames and local rail network as a means of transporting vital materials to support the region’s infrastructure ambitions, not only removes vehicles from already congested roads around the capital but supports our customers with the delivery of a more sustainable built environment.

“We look forward to the official opening of the terminal and building on our relationship with Forth Ports over the coming years.”

Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports, said: “This facility will be a game changer in the coronavirus economic recovery campaign to Build Back Better and is a good example of high productivity investment adding value to raw materials.  I am pleased that the signing of this agreement comes at the same time as we have been awarded Freeport status, which will bring further investment and jobs to the area.”

Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, said: “This new terminal will be truly multimodal, and this strategic location will ensure that the construction industry in London and the South East of England can have fast access to the materials they require.” 

The Port of Tilbury is the largest of eight ports owned by Forth Ports and the largest multimodal port in the South East. The port has an annual throughput of 16 million tonnes per annum with an estimated value of around £8.7 billion.

Tilbury2 is being built on a 152-acre site at Thurrock, part of the former Tilbury Power Station site.