Construction contracts worth GB£60m have been awarded for Aberdeen Harbour’s expansion project.

Aberdeen Harbour port

Aberdeen Harbour port has awarded contracts for the construction of its South Breakwater and Crown Wall. Photo: Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour Board has awarded two new contracts for the construction of the South Breakwater and Crown Wall at Aberdeen Harbour port. Van Oord will act as the principal contractor for the 550m long South Breakwater, and Scottish-based construction firm Beattie FRC will build the concrete Crown Wall along the length of the North Breakwater.

Both structures will provide critical protection for vessels and operations within the Harbour expansion, ultimately protecting the port from a one-in-300-year storm. Work on site will start imminently.

Speaking about the harbour expansion project, Keith Young, AHEP Project Director at Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “The construction of the South Breakwater and Crown Wall form a significant part of the final 30% of construction, and I look forward to seeing the structures take shape in the coming months.”

Paul Hesk, area manager for Van Oord, said: “Our experienced site team will deploy specialist equipment and methodologies to ensure the new breakwater is constructed safely, whilst at the same time minimising the impact of our work on the marine environment and rich wildlife of the surrounding area.”

The 10m high Crown Wall – or wave wall – will be built using concrete produced at the batching plant on the north-west corner of the expansion site. The wall will ensure extremely high waves cannot obstruct operations on the East Quay (Dunnottar Quay).

By Rebecca Jeffrey