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    Port of Sunderland gears up for expansion

    Company News // March 5, 2013

    A fresh wave of demolition projects taking place at a burgeoning northeast of England port are freeing up much needed space for strategic expansion.

    Port of Sunderland bosses have given the green light to a number of new demolition projects, as it clears space that will allow it to unlock opportunities for expansion.  Clearance of the Cemex UK site at Junction Wharf (formerly No 31 Berth) between Hendon and Hudson Docks in the Port of Sunderland was completed by the Washington-based Hellens Group as part of a scheme to flatten derelict buildings and create new investment opportunities.

    Demolition of the dilapidated metal-clad shed, once used by a concrete producer, has increased potential storage and development areas, contributing to plans to bring more trade and offshore vessels to the Wear. 

    It is the second phase of demolition projects undertaken at the port over the past few months, all designed to make it a more attractive prospect for investors.

    Coordinated by Sunderland City Council City Services Department in conjunction with the port authority, other demolition work has involved knocking down a one-time carpenters’ shop, once part of the extensive TW Greenwell and Sons ship-repair complex.

    Port Director, Matthew Hunt, director at Port of Sunderland, believes the demolition scheme is another step forward in turning occupied space into a positive asset. He said: “Once part of Sunderland’s coal-exporting and marine engineering heritage, these old buildings served their purpose over the years, but were becoming dilapidated and beginning to raise safety concerns.

    “Demolition has helped to open up additional land capacity, perfect for port-related development, which in turn, will help steer further opportunities for business through the port.”

    He added: “Having seen a significant increase in the volume of traffic at the port, with more and more business being done here, it is vital that we maximise every asset we have. The demolition work and indeed a raft of other developments at the port over the last few months, are all helping us to become even more attractive to customers.”

    Mr Hunt added: “There are a growing number of businesses including some major players operating in the offshore sector that are choosing Port of Sunderland as their base. It is therefore important for us to ensure that we are able to accommodate their needs as well as enabling port staff to operate as effectively as possible.

    “The changes we are making will not only enhance our offer to businesses already based here, but will also make Port of Sunderland an even more attractive location for potential customers seeking a base.”

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