London Gateway Port Terminal is an automated deep-sea container port developed by DP World on the north bank of the River Thames in Essex.
The terminal was constructed as part of the London Gateway Project, which also included the construction of Europe’s largest logistics park adjacent to the terminal. DP World acquired the London Gateway Plan in 2006 from P&O for £3.92bn ($7.3bn).
The two facilities were built on the site of a former Shell oil refinery in Essex. Construction work on the £1.5bn ($2.43bn) terminal project began in 2010. It was privately financed by DP World. The two facilities together have generated approximately 12,000 direct jobs and more than 20,000 indirect jobs.
The new terminal commenced operations in November 2013 and is capable of handling 3.5 million teu annually and accommodating the largest cargo vessels in the world.
Our Elegance 52 SX curtain walling was chosen for the project as the architect wanted an external frameless curtain walling system that could accommodate the glass panels which are a major feature of the project.
A special recessed channel detail to emphasise the flooring levels was produced to give the distinct feature required by the architect whilst still maintaining a thermal bridge within the curtain walling screen.
As a result of using the Sapa Elegance system the project achieved a “Very Good” rating under BREEAM.