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ABP acquires land in Ayr for port expansion

Port of AyrOne of Britain’s biggest ports operators has acquired 3.1 acres of commercial property close to the Port of Ayr.

ABP has purchased the industrial site from local company Bricktrain. Currently home to 14 tenants, the site has room for expansion with additional office and warehouse units available for rent.

Port manager for Ayr, and current president of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Cresswell, said: “This property will provide the Port of Ayr with a mix of industrial space for local businesses as well as a range of flexibly-sized office units on York Street, all of which are within close proximity to the port.”

The port has long been recognised for the important role it plays in supporting key business sectors in Ayrshire.

Over the last four years, ABP has invested over £3.7 million into the Port of Ayr, including construction of the Ailsa Craig terminal which is used to handle imported agribulks, including wheat and malt for Scotland’s whisky distilling industry, new port handling equipment and a wide range of other general site improvements.

The Port of Ayr handles a variety of commodities, including agribulks and minerals imported from Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and mainland Europe, winter salt from Ireland and wind turbines from Spain and Germany.

Last year, the Port of Ayr and the Port of Troon handled 250 ships carrying in excess of 400,000 tonnes of cargo.

ABP has 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84,000 jobs. Its current investment programme aims to deliver an extra £1.75bn for the economy every year.

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