Good progress on ferry terminal project

Tarbert Ferry Terminal under redevelopment

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A £14.3 million redevelopment of Tarbert Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Harris is progressing well after a 12-week lockdown delay.

Construction work by contractor R J McLeod restarted in mid-June.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) owns the ferry terminal and is managing the overall upgrade.

It has updated the project’s timeline which should see the harbour redevelopment completed by autumn 2021.

The new terminal building is now expected in autumn 2022 under a separate project and contract.

John Quinn, senior civil engineer for CMAL, said: ‘Construction is progressing well despite the lockdown, temporary site closure and ongoing COVID-19 measures.

‘We are adhering to the guidelines for construction to maintain the health and safety of our employees, contractors, harbour staff and the island community.

‘It means additional care is being taken to implement measures on-site that have been integrated into daily operations and they continue to work well.

‘Daily communication at all stages of the project between our contractor RJ McLeod, our design and supervision team Wallace Stone, Affric Environmental and CalMac staff has been excellent and helps ensure there are no disruptions to the ferry service as work progresses.’

Mr Quinn added: ‘Our aim is to keep the updated project timeline on track.

‘We’re coming into the winter months and weather conditions can be harsh around Scotland’s coastal locations but, hopefully, we will meet our target completion date next year.’

Key milestones include the demolition of the old terminal building, construction of a new temporary terminal building, where CalMac is now operating from, ongoing demolition of the old pier and reconstruction of the new one.