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    Knights Brown, the privately owned and independent construction company with a division in Bridgend, begins work this week on the design and construction of a steel frame bulk storage shed for Associated British Ports. The £2.5m contract was won by Knights Brown’s Wales Division in the autumn. Work will take about seven months to complete.

    The bulk storage shed will be approximately 3,000m² and located at Alexandra Dock. The design allows for further expansion to meet future demand.

    Work comprises foundations, a structural steel frame, and perimeter in-situ reinforced concrete retaining walls as well as the design and installation of the electrical distribution and lighting system.

    The Port of Newport handles around 2.2m tonnes of cargo a year, supporting 3,000 local jobs and contributing £186m a year to the Welsh economy. This new facility will support demand for high quality storage of a range of cargo handled by the port.

    Knights Brown’s Divisional Director, Andrew Eilbeck said: “Knights Brown has extensive experience of working in port environments including as current framework contractor in the Port of Dover, and several projects with ABP at Southampton.

    I am really pleased we have this new opportunity to be working with ABP locally. Design work will take about six weeks and with work at Alexandra Dock getting underway this week.”

    Knights Brown has been an established presence in Bridgend since 2008. Current works include:

    • Delivery partner for the Highways & Structures Framework for the South Wales Trunk Road Agent, covering J34-49 of the M4 and A4060, A470 and A465.
    • Repair and strengthening of the iconic Aberavon seafront promenade for Neath Port Talbot Council.
    • Footbridges at Taff Vale and Pontrhondda.
    • A419 Stonehouse and Pitchcombe junction improvements both in Gloucestershire.