Bristol Port

Published 23rd August 2022

The Bristol Port Company manages the historic docks at both Avonmouth and Portbury. Since taking control from Bristol City Council, the company has significantly expanded the volume and type of traffic using the port, which has required large investments to maintain and improve the site’s infrastructure.

Our marine experts have supported Bristol Port throughout a working relationship stretching back over 20 years. In this time, we have provided engineering consultancy services ranging from scheme and detailed designs for large new berths, through to assessing existing quays and making recommendations for small remedial works to existing infrastructure.

Highlights of our involvement at Bristol port include:

Aviation Fuel Terminal: Waterman led a team of specialists to design a new aviation fuel terminal including a new 17m draught berth to accommodate Cape Size Oil Tankers and bulk carriers up to 128,000 DWT.

Avonmouth Deep Water Container Terminal: Our specialists provided the scheme design and costing for all marine civil engineering work on the proposed 1.2km quay Deep Sea Container Terminal.

Avonmouth Entrance Lock Assessment: We carried out assessments of historic movement at the entrance lock structure and advised on recommended works to address scour and washout issues.

Portbury RoRo Ramps: Waterman led the design of RoRo ramps at Portbury berths 2 and 3, and recently a scheme design of a new reinforced concrete RoRo ramp at berth 1. These ramps were necessary for the expansion of the port’s import and export trade in vehicles. The ramps were static reinforced concrete for 40,000 DWT car carriers. Our team also provided design services for associated car parking areas and access roads.

Due to our long-term working relationship with the port management, our team are able to provide efficient and targeted advice based on a deep knowledge of the new and historical structures at the docks. This supports the on-site engineering teams, providing confidence that knowledgeable consultancy advice is always on-hand, and that they have access to a team which understands the history of development at the port, and the particular requirements of marine and port engineering.

Client: Bristol Port Company
Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects