RJ McLeod is to start infrastructure improvement works at Uig Harbour this week, The Highland Council has announced.
The project will bring an extended marshalling area, berthing structure strengthening and widening, linkspan replacement, approach way repair and widening, a relocated new waiting shelter, a new terminal building, dredging and utility provision.
The local authority said that RJ McLeod will work closely with the Skye and Lochalsh Job Centreplus to target recruitment and training opportunities locally. The site team will also be engaging with neighbouring schools and colleges to deliver educational support and career inspiration.
Sandy Osborne, director of RJ McLeod, commented, “We are very pleased to be working again with The Highland Council to deliver this important infrastructure project which will accommodate the new vessel on the Skye Triangle. It will follow our soon to be completed pier redevelopment in Tarbert where our works have delivered a boost to the local economy, not only in terms of employment with an established local Highland contractor, but also in terms of the extensive and valuable local supply chain of goods and services.
“An integral part of the project will be community liaison and protection of the environment and we will follow and build on the good practices developed in recent projects.”
Councillor John Gordon, chair of The Highland Council’s Skye and Raasay committee, added, “I am pleased that the Uig Harbour Redevelopment works are now due to start on site. Construction of such a major harbour infrastructure scheme will no doubt create disruption for the community and harbour users so I am pleased Highland Council and RJ McLeod staff will be holding regular and frequent community and harbour user liaison meetings, as well as having progress updates posted on a dedicated Uig Harbour Redevelopment website and on social media.
“It is important that residents and harbour users are clear what to expect and are able to communicate easily with the contractor. We all want to see disruption well managed for the project.”