Port of Tilburys Grain Terminal Silo rebuild gets underway

Major building work is underway at the UK’s largest grain terminal at the Port of Tilbury following a fire in 2020 which damaged its grain silos. CSP became involved from the Silo explosion 3rd July 2020 being Appointed Civil and Structural Engineering’s Consultants undertaking structural damage and potential repair evaluation, continuing to full design of the civil and structural engineering replacement of Silo Bin 4

David Clark, Managing Director of CSP said: CSP are delighted, to have assisted the Port of Tilbury in evaluation of damage to the 1969 Silo Bin 4 and the Civil/ Structural design of new Silo Bin 4 at the Grain Terminal extending our involvement in the Port since 1994 on over 40 different projects. CSP are pleased to be once again to be working with TH White Projects in providing full design of replacement steel Silo Bin 3 and reconstruction of reinforced concrete Silo Bin 4.

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During these works there will be no interruption to customer service as the terminal remains fully open for import and exports. Once complete, the terminal will be restored to its full storage capacity of 135,000 m/t and continue to benefit from the full multimodal services at the port including river barge transportation into central London.

The Tilbury Grain terminal is the key strategic facility in the South East of the UK for the grain import and export markets handling grain from around the world supporting the flour and ingredient market for the southeast, London and up to the Midlands. Its riverside berths have space to host post-panamax vessels – greater than 40,000 tonnes – but can also handle a range of coaster vessels on its inner, outer and coaster berths.

About CSP

Established in 1987, CSP is dedicated to providing high quality, value for money services. We are a privately owned, independent firm of Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers and a member firm of the Association for Consulting Engineers (ACE), employing highly experienced and professionally qualified staff utilising state of the art analysis and 3D CAD programmes. This enables us to provide a “tailored” solution to any project, throughout the UK, from our office in London.

Demolition of the damaged concrete silos is underway and, at the same time, construction of phase one of metal silos is underway with the first three new silos having been constructed. The new silos, both phase one and phase two which will see the reconstruction of the concrete silos, will come online in stages. Phase one is expected to return 20,000 metric tonnes of capacity in early 2022 and the remaining 34,000 m/t of storage will be restored in 2023. These will all be constructed to the highest health and safety standards and will be industry leading.