First passengers pass through Portsmouth International Port’s New Terminal

4th April 2011 | Posted in: Transport

  • Portsmouth International Port

Portsmouth International Port were given the keys to their new Ferry terminal which replaces the Port's existing 1976 Terminal on Friday 1st April with the first passengers arriving from the Channel Islands at 6.15am.

The new terminal has already achieved a BREEAM rating of 'very good' and is hopeful that this will rise to 'excellent' in the near future due to the 'eco-friendly' nature of the building.

The terminal is the first public building in the country to use a sea water-source heat pump system. This allows the transfer of thermal energy from the sea to heat and cool the building. This dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of the terminal, and has a major effect on the ongoing running costs. Sea water also plays another important role. It will be used to flush the toilets in the terminal. This will drastically reduce the water consumption of the building. 'Wind catchers' have been placed on the roof for natural ventilation; these reduce the requirement for mechanical air-conditioning. Higher wind speeds on the coast will allow the system to supply and extract air to and from the building

The complete construction of the new building has been carried out on an 'island' site within the confines of the existing port which has continued to function throughout the build period. To maintain continuity of services the decommission of the old terminal and commission of the new were both carried out in a 6 hour overnight window between sailings.

Baqus are providing Contract Administration, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Cost Management services to Portsmouth International Port's owners, Portsmouth City Council and have worked with a design team led by consulting engineers Halcrow. The main contractor for the project was Mansell Construction Services Ltd.

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