Murphy participated in a ground breaking ceremony with representatives from the Royal Navy, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and the Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA)recently to mark the first official day of redevelopment construction at the Gosport Oil Fuel Depot on the South Coast.
Murphy has been appointed as the principal contractor on the £43.6m project by the DIO to demolish existing tanks and bund structures and rebuild new fuel storage tanks to the latest modern standards. Murphy’s site team will also be responsible for replacing the Laboratory building in addition to the operations and control building as well as revising the layout of the main site entrance. The new layout will include construction of a replacement single story guard house, gate house for improved security and site-wide mechanical and electrical upgrades.
During the ceremony, Steve Bunce, the DIO Oil Fuel Depot Programme Manager, presented Murphy with an engraved spade to commemorate the event.
Peter Walsh, Murphy's managing director for southern infrastructure, said: "I was very proud to be at the groundbreaking event organised by the DIO, OPA and Royal Navy. This is an extremely important project and it is fantastic to be playing such a huge part in delivering it. Making sure we’re fit to start is one of our key strategic drivers, and so being on site to mark the beginning of the project and not just milestones and completion is really important to us.”
Murphy commenced work on site in spring 2018 and the project is set to complete by 2021.