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King George V Docks – New Salt Storage Shed

Design and build project where Peelports issued a Performance Specification for a new 5,000m2 salt storage shed on port land at King George V Docks in Glasgow

ClientPeel Ports Group
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This was a design and build project where Peelports issued a Performance Specification for a new 5,000m2 salt storage shed on port land for the storage of imported rock salt with a capacity of 40,000 tons for distribution to all local authorities around Scotland. Nairn Construction entered into a joint venture with Molplant Construction and engaged with our designers Campbell of Doune to competitively tender for the project and negotiate the Contract award. Nairn Construction carried out all civil engineering works on the project.

The works started on site in September 2022 with the works being completed on programme in May 2023, successfully overcoming challenging ground conditions.

Our Approach

Being a busy port with lots of activity in and around the location of the new storage facility careful planning was required whilst working collaboratively with the client to ensure the project was delivered efficiently whilst having as little impact on the day to day running of the port as possible.

The works were isolated from the port with temporary security fencing and robust traffic management measure were put in place to control deliveries on and off site. Weekly meetings were held with the client to report on progress and plan the works accordingly with client activities, monthly updates on programme were provided with interim 2 weekly programmes for shorter activities.

Design changes had to be made as it became apparent that obstructions in the ground and deteriorating ground conditions were going to affect the height of the finished building, this was coordinated with the client to ensure the finished building would be in line with operational requirements.

The key works carried out by Nairn construction were as follows:-

  • Full remediation of the site in preparation for piling works
  • Crushing of site won material, recycled and used on site as part of the build
  • Formation of engineered piling mat
  • Attendances for all piling works
  • Diversion of existing culvert and deep drainage works in tidal conditions
  • Formation of foundations and pile caps
  • Installation of concrete floor joints
  • Polished concrete floors

  • Blockwork retaining walls
  • Installation of pre cast concrete push walls
  • External storm water drainage
  • Formation of external access ramps
  • Concrete works externally
  • Bollard installation
  • Personnel and roller door installation
  • Landscaping works


The works carried out by Nairn were completed in a quick and professional manner in a collaborative fashion with the client and Molplant Construction. Resulting in the successful delivery of the new facility to a very high standard. The client is delighted with the high quality of the build which will serve the port for many years to come.

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On Budget

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On Time

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Carried out Safely

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Happy Client


“The delivery of any construction project can be complex, particularly so in this case as it was the first JV project jointly undertaken by Molplant Construction and Nairn Construction. Working collaboratively and with mutual trust and respect we were able to successfully tackle the numerous challenges that the project presented. The hands on management provided by Craig and Nigel, the Project Manager, made a significant contribution to the delivery of the project and their considerable experience ensured we were able to make the right decisions to drive the project forward in the face of many challenges. Ultimately working extremely well together meant that we were able to deliver the completed project on programme, within the Clients budget and to a very high standard of quality which has generated much praise from everyone involved in the Clients team. As a consequence of our ability to deliver the Client has discussed the possibility of future work. Ultimately this is the position we want to have – securing repeat orders from valued Clients working in a non-adversarial and collaborative manner.”

~ Molplant Construction

We are delighted to announce the completion of the construction of a new road de-icing salt storage facility, which was accomplished on budget and on schedule. This new facility will be supplying council road salt depots across West and Central Scotland and will be key in helping to meet tough demands during harsh winters.

~ Gavin Forsyth (Project Manager) Peel Ports Group

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