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    Portsmouth City Council


    Portsmouth, Hampshire



    Knights Brown has completed a multi-million pound extension of Portsmouth International Port’s passenger terminal to accommodate increased demand in the cruise market.

    Following our successful completion of the cruise berth extension in 2020, the port is committed to creating additional capacity to manage an additional 250,000 passengers a year, above its current two million.

    The new facility is cutting-edge in environmental development, complementing the original terminal building and the port’s net zero ambitions.

    Our construction contract comprised:

    • A two storey steel framed building.
    • A two storey link, incorporating a sky garden to form a bridge between the existing terminal building and the new extension.
    • External works including surfacing for buses to service both terminals.

    The carbon neutral extension features:

    • A sky garden, where passengers can enjoy views of the port.
    • Underfloor heating powered by seawater.
    • Energy generated by solar PV.
    • A new walkway from the current terminal to the new check-in area.
    • Interior living walls.
    • A baggage hall and exclusive cruise lounge.

    The port has remaied fully operational throughout and has been timed for the port to take advantage of the 2023 cruise season.

    our sectors

    Knights Brown performed very well on this project in terms of quality, cost and time. The team worked very well as part of an integrated delivery team with the Employer to the benefit of the project

    - Marc Bryan, Portsmouth City Council

    The team at Knights Brown has done a fantastic job in creating the largest JLR Aftersales Centre in the UK, working alongside GEMCO Sales & Service who fitted out the facility to the highest standard. With 29 service bays in total, Dorset is now future-proofed for servicing the JLR product.

    - Mark Whittam, Group Operations Director (Marketing), Westover Group

    Knights Brown was a great client to deal with. We felt from the very outset that they worked with us rather than for us, demonstrating real collaboration in order to minimise disruption to the port. The works were also delivered through a very challenging time, with the latter stages coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic. Their approach to this was thoroughly professional, with health and safety the primary consideration. Working practices were strictly amended and monitored, with the project completed to the satisfaction of all involved.

    - Anisa Koci Port Master Plan Project Manager at Portsmouth International Port