R G Carter secured via a two-stage tender process, the contract to design and construct a new Secure Inspection Facility at Felixstowe Port.
The building was commissioned as a result of Brexit and the increased requirements for the inspection of goods entering the UK. This was the first inspection facility delivered for
Hutchinson Ports in 2022, the second being at Harwich Port which was built in a time line slightly behind the Felixstowe facility.
The building comprised a 3000m2 steel framed building on piled foundations, with ten dock levellers and two loading bays. Each bay within the building is temperature controlled
to maintain ambient, chilled or frozen temperatures dependent on the goods being inspected by DEFRA or Border Force. Each bay has separate fridges or freezer rooms for storage and further inspections. Two lower bays allow the inspection of curtain side loads.
The rear of the site comprises of high specification offices and welfare facilities for the Port and DEFRA staff.
Externally, a tarmac yard with trailer parking has been created, which all can be accessed via existing port roads.
The building was successfully handed over on time and to budget earlier this year.