Update given on progress of £14.3m ferry terminal redevelopment

THE £14.3 million redevelopment of Tarbert Ferry Terimnal on the Isle of Harris is making good progress following a 12-week construction shut down caused by Covid-19.

The update comes from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CalMac), owner of the ferry terminal. Contractor RJ McLeod resumed construction on the project in mid-June, in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

Key project milestones include 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; installation of temporary fenders to allow vessels to berth throughout the construction period; reinstatement of the pontoon area following completion of the extensive dredging operation: ongoing reclamation of land for additional marshalling area; and ongoing installation of essential services.

CalMac’s update was accompanied by a revised delivery date, due to the delays caused by the Covid-19 lockdown. The harbour redevelopment is now scheduled for completion in Autumn 2021, while the terminal building is due to open in Autumn 2022 under a separate project and contract.

John Quinn, senior civil engineer at CMAL, said, “Construction is progressing well despite the lockdown and temporary site closure, as well as 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.

“Our aim is to keep the updated project timeline on track to avoid any slippage. We’re coming into the winter months and weather conditions can be harsh around Scotland’s coastal locations, but hopefully we avoid too much disruption in this respect and meet our target completion date next year.”