Contractors appointed for £48m Millport project

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VAN Oord UK has been appointed as main contractor on North Ayrshire Council’s £48 million Millport flood protection project.

The firm will be supported from subsidiary, Mackley Civil Engineering, on the project. The works will be managed by Turner & Townsend, whilst Royal HaskoningDHV is the principal designer.

Preparatory works will start this month, with construction scheduled to begin in mid-March. The Scottish Government is contributing 80% towards the overall costs, with the local authority meeting the rest.

The project includes the construction of offshore breakwaters, which will be built in the autumn and winter of this year. Sheltered water created by the scheme will then allow the construction of a marina ‘shortly after’ the completion of the flood protection scheme.

Paul Hesk, MD of Van Oord UK, said, “I am delighted that North Ayrshire Council has entrusted Van Oord with the delivery of its critical coastal protection works at Millport. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with clients in many different countries in their battle against flooding. Our project team is looking forward to working closely with North Ayrshire Council, the local community, and other stakeholders, in order to reduce flood risk at Millport.”

Steven Jackson, director at Turner & Townsend, added, “It’s a pleasure to be working alongside North Ayrshire Council and other key partners on The Millport Flood Protection scheme; a scheme which will not only protect the homes and lives of the local community but help drive local economy by enabling plans for a brand new marina.

“A large part of our consultancy work across Scotland is focused on flood defence and protection. With the team’s breadth of knowledge and expertise, we look forward to supporting this project and taking it to the next milestone.”