PD Ports has received approval for a 1.2 million sq ft import centre at Teesport from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
The complex will be built on brownfield land that is currently undeveloped within PD Ports’ 700 acre Tees Dock estate. The plans for the import centre include car parking spaces for 450 staff as well as lorry parking spaces for 350 vehicles.
David Robinson, group chief executive officer of PD Ports, said: “This approval now positions Teesport as a major UK portcentric logistics hub. Our concept of portcentric logistics is gathering further momentum as UK supply chains seek further efficiency gains and are pressed to becoming greener.
“This latest approval comes shortly after the recent decision from the Department for Transport approving the final planning stage known as a Harbour Revision Order for the Northern Gateway deep sea container terminal (NGCT) at Tees Dock. The cargoes passing through the import centre will go some considerable way to providing volume for the NGCT project.
“We hope that the first part of the new import centre will be operational by summer 2009,” Robinson said.