Mott MacDonald names new Scottish buildings and cities MD and nets £1.5m Islay pier upgrade

Engineering firm Mott MacDonald has appointed Norrie Westbrook as managing director of buildings and cities in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland as the firm secured a contract for piers upgrades in Islay.

Mott MacDonald names new Scottish buildings and cities MD and nets £1.5m Islay pier upgrade

Norrie Westbrook

Norrie takes over from Andrew Oldfield who has become commercial director for the consultancy’s buildings and cities business in the UK and Europe.

A chartered civil engineer and a fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, Norrie has been with the business since 2016 and was previously development director for both the highways division and then buildings and cities. He has been a lay member of the Infrastructure Committee at Heriot-Watt University where he also gained his master in Civil Engineering with European Studies.

Norrie said: “This is an exciting time to lead the division as we evolve into the buildings and cities unit in 2022 with excellent growth potential in both Scotland and Ireland. I am really looking forward to working with our clients, partners, and teams to continue to deliver a range of exciting projects across multiple sectors.”

Ken Norbury, managing director of Mott MacDonald’s buildings and cities business in the UK and Europe, said: “Norrie has excelled in his development manager roles and these provide the ideal platform for his new leadership role continuing to grow the business, collaborating with clients and working with colleagues to deliver outcomes aligned to our purpose. Norrie is a strong advocate for excellence, efficiency and people development, whilst keeping our client’s needs at the forefront of what we do.”

Meanwhile, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has awarded a contract to engineering firm Mott MacDonald to support the detailed design of pier infrastructure upgrade works.

The £1.5 million contract, which has been awarded following a public sector procurement process, covers design consultancy services for vessel enabling works at Port Ellen and Port Askaig in Islay, Kennacraig and Colonsay.

Mott MacDonald, working closely with CMAL’s in-house harbours engineers and project managers, will secure and manage the required planning consents and licences, support stakeholder and community engagement, conduct and commission site surveys and investigations, create detailed design of works required at all four sites, and help prepare tender documents to appoint construction contractors.

The design and planning stage is expected to last around a year, with construction estimated to begin in 2023.

Nasir Uddin, senior civil engineer at CMAL, said: “A shipyard will be appointed next year to build the two new vessels for Islay and Jura and, in preparation for their arrival, we have identified that the ports where they will operate will benefit from investment to upgrade infrastructure and facilities.  The exact details of what’s required at each port will be clear once we have conducted various surveys, working with the team at Mott MacDonald.

“Our work will include comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement to ensure ferry passenger and other harbour users’ needs are reflected in our proposals.”

The vessel enabling works project is one of three CMAL projects planned for Port Ellen. The other two projects will deliver improvements to traffic management arrangements, scheduled to get underway in 2022, and increase space with a bigger vehicle marshalling area, new terminal building and improvements to passenger access to and from vessels.

All three projects are the result of significant planning and feasibility studies by CMAL, working in partnership with Transport Scotland and CalMac, as well as local stakeholders.

CMAL has a significant plan of vessel and harbour investment underway, backed by a £580 million commitment from the Scottish Government for an initial five-year period from 2021 to 2026. Plans will deliver 21 new vessels for the fleet and a multi-million-pound upgrade of harbour infrastructure over the next ten years. Further multi-million-pound investment will be needed to fund plans from 2026 onwards.

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