DEMOLITION crews have been busy at the Port of Sunderland as expansion plans get under way.
Port bosses have given the green light to a number of demolition projects that will unlock space for new development.
Clearance of the dilapidated metal-clad shed at the Cemex UK site on Junction Wharf was completed by the Washington-based Hellens Group as part of a second phase of demolition designed to make the port more attractive for investors.
The work has also involved knocking down a former carpenters’ shop, once part of the TW Greenwell and Sons complex.
City council leader Coun Paul Watson, who is chairman of the Port of Sunderland board, said: “Once part of Sunderland’s coal-exporting and marine engineering heritage, these old buildings served their purpose over the years, but were becoming dilapidated and beginning to raise safety concerns,” he said.
“Demolition has helped open up additional land capacity, perfect for port-related development, which in turn, will help steer further opportunities for business through the port.
“Having seen a significant increase in the volume of traffic at the port, with more and more business being done here, it is vital that we maximise every asset we have.
“The demolition work and indeed a raft of other developments at the port over the last few months, are all helping us to become even more attractive to customers.
“There are a growing number of businesses including some major players operating in the offshore sector that are choosing Port of Sunderland as their base. It is, therefore, important for us to ensure that we are able to accommodate their needs as well as enabling port staff to operate as effectively as possible.
“The changes we are making will not only enhance our offer to businesses already based here, but will also make Port of Sunderland an even more attractive location for potential customers seeking a base.”