Peruvian Wharf – Brett Aggregates’ new hub site alongside the Thames in East London – reached a significant milestone last month, when it took delivery of its first shipment of aggregate brought in by river from the company’s Cliffe terminal on the Thames Estuary in North Kent.
The Neptune, a self-discharging coaster vessel, transported 2,150 tonnes of sand in readiness for the commencement of operations at Capital Concrete’s brand-new Silvertown concrete batching plant which is situated on the site.
Commenting the latest news, Jonathan Akehurst, Business Development Manager at Brett Aggregates, said: “A great deal of work and investment has gone into reactivating Peruvian Wharf and creating the state-of-the-art facility we see today.”
“Dredging work was carried out in November, the river wall has been repaired and the jetty upgraded. A new offloading machine, receipt hopper and modern conveyor system have been installed, as well as purpose-built aggregate storage bays and the whole site has been hard surfaced.
“The new Capital Concrete batching plant is in place and will be ready to commence production in June. All these works have been achieved in the context of a close working relationship with the Port of London Authority, which is eager to ensure the success of safeguarded sites such as Peruvian Wharf.”
The eight-acre Peruvian Wharf site had laid vacant for 17 years but was purchased in 2016 by the Port of London Authority and Brett Aggregates subsequently leased part of the site, including the 200-meter quay, to establish a river-fed aggregates hub with a high-output concrete batching plant in the heart of East London.