RPS was appointed by Peterhead Port Authority for the detailed design, procurement and administration of the £32m works to deepen the harbour basin and approach channel and significantly improve port facilities for the future.
Peterhead Harbour is the UK’s largest white and pelagic fish port and a leading base for servicing the offshore oil and gas industry. The port handles a range of agricultural products and is well positioned to benefit from the offshore renewables and decommissioning markets as well as continue its subsea support. Its strategic location, deepwater berthing and continual investment in modern facilities are key factors in its success.
The existing harbour is built entirely on a solid foundation of granite varying from highly weathered to strong and competent. The project involved the re-facing of approximately 850m of existing quay walls, reconfiguration of existing pier and quay structures, dredging of the harbour basin and channel to -6.5mCD with locally deepened berthing pockets, demolition of the existing Merchants Quay fishmarket building, removal of Queenie Bridge and demolition of the east bridge abutment.
The material generated by the dredging campaign was reused as infill behind an armoured revetment, forming approximately 35,500m2 of hardstanding area.
Key to the scheme and its development has been how to achieve the balance between the most economical design solutions alongside the practicalities of maintaining port vessel operations to as normal a level as possible in the course of the works. RPS worked closely with the port company to actively manage harbour operations throughout the works.