British Port Association’s Chief Executive Outlines 2021 Port Agenda

The British Ports Association’s Chief Executive has outlined what the agenda for UK ports will look like in 2021.

Discussing the year ahead, the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne, said: “The government has been clear about aspirations for its ‘levelling up’ agenda which will include a Freeports strategy but we expect to see another stimulus as well. Freeports is just one tool which will only target a limited number of particular locations. We will be encouraging policymakers to look at other mechanisms which will benefit all regions in respect to infrastructure and the regulatory environment.”

Rubb can support growing infrastructure with easily expandable structures. Whole Rubb structures can be relocated, expanded, dismantled and stored or even sold to new users. Rubb’s fabric structures represent a stable investment and an ideal solution for logistical needs.

An example of this can be seen in our recent easyJet maintenance hangar expansion.

Originally constructed in 2016, the Gatwick facility was comprised of a twin span hangar measuring 91.5m wide x 60m long. To meet increasing demand, easyJet tasked Rubb with expanding this MRO facility with a third hangar.

On the green recovery, Mr Ballantyne said: “From air quality to their environmental footprint, ports are now looking into what they do to support the government’s long term net zero targets. Indeed, changes to UK energy use and a move towards renewable energy generation is definitely something the sector is aligned to and supporting.”

Rubb’s commitment to sustainability is proven with our ability to refurbish existing buildings. Rubb can give existing structures new life, saving the customer from purchasing a new building. We recently refurbished 25 EFASS structures for the MoD’s Op Regain.

Twenty-five 20.4m span x 30m length EFASS were delivered to Rubb for refurbishment. Many of these hangars are from the fifty-two EFASS structures which were supplied to the RAF in 2002, the initial launch of the range. For up to 20% of their original cost these hangars are given new life in 2020, after 18 years in the field.

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “We are always looking for ways to add value to the products and services we provide. This process is an excellent example of adding value to the ways in which we can help our client base.”

Mr Ballantyne also added: “Brexit needs to be much more than the new bureaucratic border controls on much of our trade that have taken up so much attention in the last four years.

“The new regulatory regime means that the UK can now design a policy framework that better enables ports of all type to flourish and grow. This not about ripping up environmental rules or safety standards, but is about looking for ways to create a more responsive framework that enables ports to be agile in attracting new investment and to grow and support jobs and local communities.

“As well as speeding up planning rules, there will be opportunities to remove legislation such as the EU Port Services Regulation and also replace sources of infrastructure funding such as TEN-T and fisheries grants so that our regional transport and port infrastructure is competitive.”

Rubb buildings are already very quick to receive planning permission and erect, so a boost to this would make Rubb structures very time-effective.

With Rubb, businesses can consider how to best use their existing space in order to remain agile in an ever-changing world. Flexible warehouse space provides businesses with many unique advantages. The benefits of Rubb buildings include fast designmanufacture and construction, with the flexibility to be adapted, modified, extended or relocated if needed. This allows clients to adapt quickly to change.

Contact the Rubb team today to find out how we can support your business.