Aberdeen Harbour Expansion

  • Client: Aberdeen Harbour Board
  • Role: Project Management and Cost Consultancy Services
  • Value: £320 million
  • Programme: September 2016 – June 2020
  • Procurement: Public Procurement Regulations Compliant, NEC Contractor and Design
  • Location: Aberdeen, North East Scotland

Project Description

Aberdeen Harbour is currently operating at capacity and has physical constraints in the size of vessels that can be accommodated. Feasibility Studies have been undertaken and Aberdeen Harbour are considering the development of a new harbour to the south of the existing harbour. This is not a replacement for the existing facilities but is an expansion capable of accommodating larger vessels up to 300m and deeper drafts of up to 10.5 at the deepest berth.

The new harbour will be providing approximately 1400m of quays and 145,000m² of laydown area. The Harbour will be formed by construction approximately 1200m of breakwaters. There will be approximately 2,500,000m³ of dredging required which will include a requirement to blast elements of rock.

The development site is a largely undeveloped bay but is constrained by; a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the cliffs, presence of dolphins outwith the bay, rare plant species and the presence of the main sewage treatment plant serving Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with two sewage outfall pipes, one of which runs below the proposed southern breakwater.

Where possible the aspiration of the Harbour Board is to construct a green port and a wide range of options and opportunities have been reviewed for practicality and buildability.

The new harbour is intended to provide a fully flexible and serviced quayside to cater for the many varied vessels experienced now and anticipated in the future.

Our Role / Scope

Our role in the project is to provide Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Quantity Surveying services from feasibility through to completion and hand –over of the new facilities.

The Project is currently nearing completion of an extensive and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment which will be required for submission of the applications for consent to the Regulators. Applications shall be required for:

  • Planning Consent
  • Marine Licence
  • Harbour Revision Order

Contractor procurement has commenced. The contract will be an NEC form of contract and will be negotiated in accordance with the Public Procurement (Utilities) Regulations.

The role includes: programme management, budget management, consultant appointments, contractor procurement, EU funding applications and management, risk workshops, stakeholder meetings and co-ordination, cost management.

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • Project Director;
  • Lead Project Manager;
  • Lead Quantity Surveyor;

Benefits To Client

  • All of Doig + Smith’s key team members are experienced in public procurement;
  • Significant Ports and Marine Experience;
  • Very close working relationship with the client body and a comprehensive understanding of the project requirements and constraints.