A consortium led by Bouygues Travaux Publics has secured a €300m design-build contract from the Dover Strait Ports Company for the Port of Calais.
Under the contract, a part of the Calais Port 2015 project worth about €675m, Bouygues Construction and its partners- Colas Nord-Picardie, Spie Batignolles and Jan De Nul will overhaul and upgrade the Port of Calais.
The project includes creating a new 3km seawall along with a new 100-hectare harbour basin to the north of the current facilities coupled with the construction of three new ferry berths and a roll-on / roll-off berth inside the harbour basin.
New quays will be built by means of four million cubic metres marine dredging exploits.
The port will also be supplemented with new cross-Channel traffic reception capacities including 44 hectares of parking facilities and roads as well as roughly twenty operational and reception buildings.
Bouygues Travaux Publics CEO Philippe Amequin said: "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to play a part in the economic development of Nord – Pas de Calais – Picardie region with this project, which will provide it with a port infrastructure corresponding to its ambitions, both in terms of functionality and of quality of service.
"Our teams have been at work since the contract was signed, and they are already at the site carrying out the engineering studies that will result in the construction of a state-of-the-art port."
The project will introduce resting place for birds and an observatory for birdwatching as well as providing artificial habitats and nurseries for marine wildlife both along the seawall and within the port.
The provision of facilities for the flora and fauna implicates the Calais Port 2015 project’s adherence to protecting the environment and its inhabitants to the French National Council for the Protection of Nature by the Nord – Pas-de-Calais – Picardie region.
During the operating phase, the entire port will be supplied with centralised production of heat and cold, provided by a seawater heat pump to curb energy consumption.
It is reported that the buildings will also be equipped with a source of wind energy.
The project aims at catering to the demand of an enhanced capacity at the Port of Calais refurbishing its port infrastructure to meet the new levels maritime traffic, launching a consultation in view of a public service delegation contract for the operation of the ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais for a period of fifty years.
Image: An image of the Port of Calais. Photo: courtesy of Romainberth.