Building Briefs – July 18th

  • New water treatment plant delivered by sea to North Harris beach

Scottish Water’s new Water Treatment plant has been delivered by sea to one of North Harris’ most spectacular beaches.

The new plant was loaded on to a specialised barge at Kishorn, before crossing the Minch and sailing through the Sound of Harris to lie offshore at Huisinis. Thanks to ideal weather conditions, the delivery on to the beach was achieved ahead of schedule at high tide, before a final short journey by road to its long term home west of the Gobhaig road junction.

The Water Treatment Works has been manufactured by Ross-shire Engineering in recent months at their factory in Muir of Ord, near Inverness, as part of a longstanding partnership with Scottish Water to help meet the needs of rural and island communities.

It is the central element of a £4.5 million investment to provide a single, improved water supply for the communities of Gobhaig, Beadersaig and Huisinis.

Scottish Water’s chief operating officer Peter Farrer said: “The unusual way in which the delivery has been achieved is a striking response to the particular circumstances of this very special location.”

Construction work on the project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.


  • Essential carriageway works due to start in Ladeside

Perth & Kinross Council has announced that essential carriageway resurfacing works will start on July 22 in Ladeside.

The works are expected to take two to five days to complete, weather conditions permitting. The resurfacing will be undertaken via a full road closure, with a signed diversion via Greenbank Road and Main Street in place.

Once complete on Ladeside, resurfacing will start on Duncrievie Road, where it is expected to take five to seven days to complete. Weekend work is not currently planned, however, this may become necessary if adverse weather conditions or other circumstances affect progress. A full roadside closure will also apply here, with the diversion via the B996 to Milnathort and the local road to Duncrievie.


  • Broughty Ferry flood prevention works

As part of the Broughty Ferry flood protection scheme local people will have a chance to hear about plans to minimise disruption to the marine environment.

An opportunity to look at drawings and discuss the project with Dundee City Council engineers will be on offer on July 24 at the Castle Green Pavilion from 10am to 6pm.

By choosing construction methods that cut down noise and vibration, engineers aim to reduce the impact of the scheme on animals and plants in and around the water. 

Marine Scotland needs to make sure that any vulnerable marine environments are safeguarded through its licensing process.

The consultation will give local people a chance to engage with the upcoming Marine Licence Application, currently in its initial stages.