Tarbert ferry infrastructure works contract awarded
RJ McLeod has been awarded a £14.3 million contract to carry out upgrade works at Tarbert Ferry Terminal in Harris.
The infrastructure upgrade work for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is part of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project, which involves significant harbour upgrades at the three ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig. The work is designed to improve and modernise harbour facilities and prepare the way for new vessels.
RJ McLeod will be responsible for completing all civil engineering works for the initial phase of the harbour upgrade project, including pier reconstruction and extension, land reclamation and seabed dredging.
The work will commence in October 2019 and is expected to be completed in spring 2021. CalMac will continue to operate ferry services during the works.
A new terminal building will be constructed after the completion of the civil engineering works. This will be procured separately, at a later date.
Tenders for the construction works at Lochmaddy are due by Tuesday 1 October 2019 and it is hoped that the Comhairle will be in a position to award the contract by the beginning of November 2019 with a start on site currently scheduled for January 2020. Completion is expected in January 2021.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, chairman of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s transportation and infrastructure committee, said: “We warmly welcome the announcement of this significant upgrade to the Ferry Terminal in Harris. This will complement the construction works at Lochmaddy, scheduled for January 2020.
“Whilst ferry services in the islands face many challenges, it is good to see that, as well as improving facilities and infrastructure which will benefit the travelling public, this development should also provide much needed local employment directly and indirectly through engagement with the local supply chain.”