Post Construction Q&A

Following the completion of redevelopment works at Brodick Ferry Terminal, CMAL have reviewed the questions and answers raised during the pre-construction public meetings (between 2012 and 2015).  Additional comments have been added to the list that reflect what could or could not be incorporated into the new terminal.

Click here for the updated Q&A table (PDF, 143Kb)


Final Drone Footage

Final drone footage filmed shortly after the Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment Project facilities were opened to the public and ferry operations commenced on 20th March 2018.


New Brodick Ferry Terminal officially opened

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay officially opened the new Brodick Ferry Terminal on Thursday 12th April 2018 following completion of the £30 million infrastructure upgrade project, which has transformed the harbour area.

The Minister was joined on the Isle of Arran by our chief executive, Kevin Hobbs.

The project has created a flagship harbour for the Isle of Arran, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor destinations, and provides 21st century facilities that will boost the local economy and support the thriving island tourist industry.

Work to transform the harbour began on site in January 2016 and has delivered a new 110 metre, two-berth pier, designed to accommodate the new dual-fuel vessel, MV Glen Sannox when it enters service, with a dedicated berth for PS Waverley that can accommodate other commercial vessels, including cruise ships.  The modern two-storey terminal building houses the ticket office, toilets, harbour staff offices and a 120-seat departure lounge.  Outside, there is an increased marshalling area featuring six lanes, offering a combined 895 metres for cars, HGVs and service vehicles; six bus stances with two modern shelters; and parking for up to 65 cars.

A firm commitment to sustainability throughout design and construction has led to a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating, an exceptional carbon performance and the top score from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.  The new terminal building has photovoltaic roof tiles to generate electricity for the building, a biomass heating system fuelled by locally sourced wood chips, a natural air ventilation system, on-site segregated bicycle routes and storage, and electric vehicle charging points in the parking area.  In addition, the majority of dredged and excavated material was re-used in the project as fill for the marshalling area, and excess material was donated to the Brodick Improvement Committee to use in the recovery of Brodick Beach.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay said:

“I’m delighted to officially open the new terminal and pier at Brodick Harbour, a project that has transformed the facility and will bring real benefits to ferry users.

“The upgrade will strengthen the harbour’s resilience, allowing a broader range of vessels to berth, and the new terminal building will improve the overall experience for passengers.

“This project underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing the best possible ferry services for the communities that rely on them and ensuring that our islands remain an attractive and accessible destination for visitors.”

Kevin Hobbs, chief excutive said:

“The new Brodick Ferry Terminal is a fantastic addition to the island’s transport and tourism infrastructure, offering islanders and visitors a more resilient ferry service and a more comfortable and safer travel experience.

“The opening of the new terminal marks a key milestone in our investment programme for Arran.  The new ferry for the Ardrossan to Brodick route, MV Glen Sannox, was launched last year and the new terminal will be a fitting, modern home for this innovative vessel when it enters service.  In addition, we have recently undertaken several small upgrade schemes at Lochranza, and have planned works during 2018 at both Lochranza and Claonaig.

“We are committed to an ongoing programme of harbour upgrades and modifications across our network to provide safe and efficient lifeline ferry services to communities around Scotland.”


Brodick Ferry Terminal opens

Video credit: Positive Pictures

The extensive upgrade of Brodick Ferry Terminal has been completed and it is now open to passengers.  The first passengers passed through the new terminal Tuesday 20th March.

Completion of the £30 million redevelopment project was unexpectedly delayed by an issue relating to the automated door closure on the passenger access system (PAS).  The project was substantially complete in summer last year, but the PAS failed to receive its CE mark certification and could not be used.  The issue has now been resolved and CE mark certification is in place.

The redevelopment project has completely transformed the terminal, delivering a new pier, an increased marshalling area through reclaimed land and a modern terminal building, with bus stances and parking facilities.  It is the single biggest port infrastructure construction project delivered by CMAL.

Ramsay Muirhead, head of civil engineering, CMAL explained:

“We are delighted that the new terminal is finally open to the public.  We thank the local community for their patience and understanding over the past few months while we resolved the issue with the PAS.  Ferry passengers now have access to a modern terminal that will provide an improved travel experience and a more resilient ferry service.”

The redevelopment project at Brodick Ferry Terminal was led by CMAL, with support from Transport Scotland, North Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Coastal Communities Fund.

An official opening ceremony will take place.  Details will be published in the coming weeks.


Project update – 20 November 2017

The official opening ceremony for the newly upgraded Brodick Ferry Terminal due to take place on Monday 27th November 2017 has been postponed. For more information, click here.


Project update – 3 November 2017

The official opening ceremony for the newly upgraded Brodick Ferry Terminal will take place on Monday 27th November 2017. For more information, click here.


Project update – 1 September 2017

The passenger access system (PAS) for Brodick Ferry Terminal will be delivered to the pier on Sunday 3rd September, weather permitting, and the main tunnel sections will be offloaded onto the new pier on Monday 4th September. Installation and commissioning of the new PAS will take approximately six weeks.

George Leslie Limited has completed the main works contract for the redevelopment of the terminal on budget and is completing final testing and commissioning of building services. CalMac has started internal fit‐out of the new building in preparation for completion of the new PAS. Once all operational checks and systems are complete, CalMac will begin operating from the new facilities.

Head of Civil Engineering at CMAL, Ramsay Muirhead said:

“We are pleased that Adelte has now completed manufacture of the new PAS and its delivery will see the final phase of the project underway, and the opening of the facilities soon after completion. We are continuing to work closely with Adelte to ensure the work is completed as efficiently as possible.”

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Project Update – 21 August 2017

George Leslie Limited, the principal contractor, has completed the main works contract for the redevelopment of Brodick Ferry Terminal, on time and on budget.

George Leslie Limited’s contract included the majority of the work required on-site, including construction of the new pier, development of a larger increased marshalling area from reclaimed land and the new modern terminal building, with bus stances and parking facilities.

However, Adelte, the specialist contractor appointed through a separate tender process to design and install the passenger access system (PAS), has experienced delays, impacting on the completion date of the overall project.

The delays have been caused by technical issues relating to the fabrication stage, as well as competing global workload demands. Adelte commenced work on the new PAS at Brodick in early June and was originally due to complete in July to allow operational trials to take place before the terminal opened to passengers in August.

The completion of the works at the new terminal is now scheduled to be late September / early October.  On completion, CMAL will hand over the terminal to Calmac for operation.

Project Update – 10 July 2017

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Aerial Drone Footage February 2017

The drone footage featured above was taken in February 2017 by the specialist construction photographers, Multivista, who are capturing a record of the development at Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment project on behalf of CMAL and our principal contractor George Leslie Ld. The short clip gives a unique perspective view of where we are in the project as we head to completion as programmed in early August 2017.


Project Update – 13 March 2017

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Brodick Ferry Terminal redevelopment continues to progress well

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) are pleased to announce the Brodick Ferry Terminal is nearing the final phases of its redevelopment and on track for completion this summer.

George Leslie Limited started work in January 2016 to secure a safe, efficient and reliable ferry terminal and service. The extensive redevelopment includes a new pier, increased marshalling area through reclaimed land and a modern terminal building, with bus stances and parking facilities.

Redevelopment at the terminal is progressing on schedule despite some challenging weather conditions. The marine piles have been completed to remove the floating barge and 180 tonne crane from the harbour, and work to increase the marshalling area, modernise the terminal building, carpark and drop off area are underway and progressing well.

The redevelopment project is running on time and on budget with a scheduled completion date of August 2017.

Passenger access system contract for Brodick Ferry Terminal awarded

In June we announced Adelte as the successful contractor for the Passenger Access System (PAS) as part of the redevelopment project at Brodick Ferry Terminal.

Adelte will manage the design, fabrication, delivery and installation of the PAS and will work alongside principal contractor George Leslie Ltd and project manager CH2M.

They have an experienced team, who have already designed and installed PAS at Ullapool and Stornoway harbours.  Adelte, CH2M and George Leslie will work together to ensure that the walkway provides a seamless link from the new terminal building to the ferry.

The work forms part of our ongoing programme of harbour improvements to promote and facilitate modern harbour and ferry operations to enhance passenger experience around the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service.

Jordi Floreta, Vice President and Managing Director of Adelte said:

“We’re pleased that we have been successful in our bid to supply and install the PAS on the new Brodick Ferry Terminal development, we look forward to working with CMAL, CH2M and George Leslie.”

Adelte will design and fabricate the PAS, ready for installation at Brodick in spring 2017, for commissioning in summer 2017 before the new ferry terminal is completed and handed over to CalMac Ferries Ltd in August 2017.

Boosting Brodick

Arran gets a fit-for-the-future ferry terminal


Project Update – 25 November 2016

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Project Update – 29 September 2016

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Project Update – 31 August 2016

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Project Update – 5 August 2016


Dear Stakeholder,

CMAL are pleased to announce that the new bus terminal facilities in Brodick, constructed as part of the Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment, will be brought into operation on Monday 8th August.

Service buses and coaches/mini-buses will start using the new facilities on Monday 8th August, with the existing facilities being closed to allow construction works to commence in that area.  The exact timing of the handover on the 8th will be agreed locally between the bus and ferry operators, and our contractor, however, appropriate signage and direction will be given to both bus and ferry customers.

The handover of the new bus terminus marks the beginning of Phase 3 of the construction Traffic Management Plan, as detailed in our recent Bulletin No.2 update.

Despite the slight delay in this handover, the overall project still remains on programme and works are progressing well.


Project Update – 29 July 2016


Statement from CMAL – Delay in Switchover from Phase 2 to 3

Upon completion of phase 2 of the works at Brodick Ferry Terminal, the new bus terminus was scheduled to open today (Friday 29th July). Calmac Ferries Ltd have opened the Phase 3 pedestrian queuing area today but unfortunately, due to last minute technical and operational reasons, the planned handover of the bus stances in the bus terminus will be delayed by a short period of a few days. We are confident we will be in a position to open the bus stances early next week (week commencing 1st August).

We are aware that the Highland Games take place on Saturday 6th August and we are keen to avoid any changes that will disrupt visitors during a particularly busy period. Therefore, if we are not in a position to open the bus terminus by Wednesday 3rd August, it is likely we will move the opening into the following week (week commencing 8th August). We will update the community of any change to this situation as soon as possible.

We apologise for the delay, however, the overall terminal redevelopment remains on track. The completion of phase 2 was one week ahead of schedule and this short temporary delay brings us in line with original project delivery dates.


Project Update – 26 July 2016

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Project Update – 17 June 2016

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Project Update – 1 June 2016

Brodick Update 01.06.16

  • A – 4/5/16 View north west from site huts First Steel Columns Erected
  • B – 9/5/16 View North west from site huts First 3 Bays Erected
  • C – 12/5/2016 5 Aerial view from Crane Basket 5 Bays erected (Courtesy of CH2M Michael Shuttleworth)
  • D – 23/5/16 View North west from site huts. 15 bays erected
  • E – 23/5/16 View North east from site huts MV Burhou delivering Primary Rock Armour from Furnace, Argyll
  • F – 19/5/16 East Revetment Area Installation of the first 2.75m high by 2m wide 6.5 Tonne PC wall units



Project Update – 6 May 2016

An image from a recent drone flight over the works at Brodick.

Brodick 5


Project Update – 5 April 2016

Brodick Updates April16a

  1. 100T Capacity crawler crane assisting with preparation for Phase 2 Temporary Marshalling Area
  2. 180 T Capacity Crawler Crane on Barge working on East Temporary Pier
  3. East Temporary Pier Deck completed. Temporary access stair from Pier to East Revetment rock core.
  4. Sheet Pile wall and concrete protection south side of east temporary pier to allow infill against pier
  5. Grete Fighter commenced dredging operation 31/3 offloading to temporary pier and deposition of dredged material into East Revetment central infill area. With long reach. 180T crane piling
  6. West Revetment Temporary Access road from causeway to existing marshalling area concrete surface pour commencing

Our principal contractor, George Leslie Ltd, started work at Brodick Ferry Terminal on Monday 11th January 2016. As noted at the public meeting of 3rd December 2015, the works are being delivered in five distinct traffic management phases. The project is now approaching the first major milestone that will affect ferry users ‐ the changeover from Traffic Management Phase 1 to Phase 2.

raffic Management Phase 1 Update
The ferry and bus services have remained unchanged at the existing facilities throughout this phase.

Extensive shore side works have been undertaken, including construction of the reclamation area ‘rock core’ and ‘secondary rock armour’, using material sourced from a local quarry on the Isle of Arran. This work was essential to allow the east and west revetment areas to be protected from the elements and allow infill material to be deposited from the forthcoming dredging operation. Three large excavators have been involved in this work over the past 10 weeks.

This early work allowed the largest item of plant to date, the 180 tonne capacity 55m high ‘crawler crane’, to arrive by barge at the end of February, which has been used to install temporary and permanent piles for the pier works.

A temporary pier has been constructed to bring ashore large construction materials and approximately 12,000 cubic metres of dredged material for use as the reclamation infill. The dredging vessel, MV GRETE FIGHTER, arrived at Brodick on Tuesday 29th March 2016.

A second crawler crane, 100 tonne capacity and 46 metres high, has also arrived and has been mobilised primarily to allow a 2nd piling operation to continue with the new bulkhead and pier construction. It will also be used for the installation of the ‘primary rock armour’, which will start being delivered from Furnace by the vessel MV BURHOU in mid‐April.

Traffic Management Changeover Phase 1 to Phase 2

Despite some challenging weather conditions, George Leslie Ltd have made good progress and are now approaching Phase 2, where ferry traffic will switch to a temporary marshalling area. Phase 2 will start week commencing Monday 11th April 2016 and last until around the beginning of August 2016.

The operational details of the changeover from Phase 1 to Phase 2 have been agreed and finalised following the construction team’s extensive consultation with CalMac Ferries Ltd (CalMac) and Stagecoach, in conjunction with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and North Ayrshire Council.

A short transition period will be in operation from Monday 11th April to Friday 15th April 2016. This will allow CalMac to ensure that all systems are working as expected.

All bus services will continue to use the existing bus stances throughout Phase 2.

Phase 2 Ferry Terminal Layout

CalMac will advise passengers of any specific travel information in due course. However, additional operational staff will be available to assist passengers during the initial transition. It should also be noted that passengers requiring assistance should contact CalMac or Stagecoach in the normal manner.

The drawings below show an overview of the proposed Phase 1 and Phase 2 layouts. As can be seen, the existing terminal building will remain fully operational throughout Phase 2, however, to assist passengers an additional ticket office and mobility impaired toilet will be provided in the temporary marshalling area.

Pedestrian access to the existing bus stances and ferry terminal building will remain unchanged in Phase 2, although a new pedestrian walkway will be installed along the north side of Market Road leading from the temporary marshalling area to the existing terminal building and pier.

Vehicular ferry traffic will use a temporary marshalling area east of the existing marshalling area from week commencing Monday 11th April. A new vehicular entrance from Market Road to the temporary marshalling area will be operational in that week, with the existing entry closed to all vehicles.

Appropriate signage and road markings will be installed for all embarking and disembarking ferry traffic, and for users of Market Road. This will include yellow cross hatched box junctions on Market Road to aid with safety and traffic management operations.

The short term car park, opposite the existing terminal building, will have two spaces changed to mobility impaired spaces and the – “FERRY DROP OFF ONLY” signage in front of the Tourist Information building will be repainted.

We are very grateful for the continued understanding and patience of the public throughout the project. In the interests of safety, passengers and vehicle owners using the facilities should adhere to guidance provided by the ferry and bus operators.

The Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment is scheduled for completion in August 2017.


Operational issues: Ferries – CalMac Ferries Ltd:

Buses – Stagecoach Arran: Contact Tel: 01770 302000

For construction issues please contact:

George Leslie Ltd:




Public meeting Q and As – 3 December 2015

Questions / comments raised at all CMAL public meeting regarding Brodick Ferry Terminal redevelopment.

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Project update – 4 November 2015

We have appointed a contractor to undertake essential groundworks at Brodick Ferry Terminal, in advance of the main redevelopment project.  These works are due to start on Monday 9thNovember 2015 and are programmed to last approximately two weeks.

As a result of these works, the car parking areas at the ferry terminal will be closed from the first week of November 2015.  All vehicles must be removed from this area by no later than Friday 6 November 2015.  CalMac Ferries Ltd port staff will be managing the closure of the car parks and assistance in complying with their requests would be appreciated.

The groundworks are to remove Japanese Knotweed, which is an invasive species and cannot be left beneath new structures.  The works will involve excavation at the two or three known Japanese Knotweed locations, then subsequent encapsulation in the area that is currently the rough car park.  We have been spraying the Japanese Knotweed for the past few years, which has significantly reduced the amount to be encapsulated, but has not totally eradicated it.

£22.2 million contract awarded Project update – 3 November 2015

We have awarded the contract to transform the ferry terminal in Brodick to Glasgow-based firm, George Leslie Limited. The contract is worth over £22.2 million and is part of a major investment of around £30 million.  Work is due to start this winter and finish early in 2017.
Most of the existing facility was constructed in the early 1970s and while we have carried out upgrade and maintenance work over the years, the infrastructure is now reaching the end of its serviceable life.  It is currently safe to use, but many aspects of the existing pier have restrictions in place due to age and condition.  Work on the redevelopment of the ferry terminal includes a new pier, an increased marshalling area through reclaimed land and a modern terminal building, with bus stances and parking facilities.

The work on the Passenger Access System, worth around £2 million, will be tendered separately, but will be complete within the same timescale.

Public meetings will be held in Arran throughout the works, with the first meeting due to take place at the end of November 2015.

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said:

“The upgrade of Brodick Harbour will bring real benefits to ferry users.  As well as providing an improved experience for passengers with a new terminal building, it will also strengthen the harbour’s resilience by allowing a broader range of vessels to berth.  This is particularly important as we plan the future of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry services and look to renew the West Coast ferry fleet”.

Our Head of Civil Engineering, Ramsay Muirhead said:

“The ferry terminal infrastructure at Brodick is now nearing the end of its serviceable life and the project will see the harbour transformed.  The new terminal building will improve the passenger experience”.

Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of CalMac Ltd, said:

“We welcome any investment in the port and harbour facilities that CMAL provide for our use and look forward to work being completed.”

Tender for works issued – 19 December 2014


The Brodick Harbour Redevelopment Group are pleased to announce that Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) have issued the tender for the Brodick Harbour Redevelopment works on 19th December 2014.  The tender was issued to six contractors that progressed through the pre-qualification process, and it is due to be returned in late March 2015.

Subject to the assessment of the received tenders and final confirmation of funding, the intention is to award the contract at the beginning of May 2015, as programmed.  This would then allow the circa fifteen month project to start on site in June/July 2015.

By way of a reminder, the Brodick Harbour Redevelopment Group is made up of North Ayrshire Council, CMAL, Transport Scotland, Visit Arran and Taste of Arran.  The group has been integral in sourcing project funding from North Ayrshire Council and SPT, to compliment funding from Transport Scotland and CMAL, and allow the project to be progressed in one phase.

The project will bring significant economic benefit to the Island along with the recent implementation of Road Equivalent Tariff.  The Brodick Harbour Redevelopment Group will continue to work with the local community and businesses to ensure that these benefits are maximised, and recently met to consider wider economic development interventions on the Island.

Ground investigation works – August 2014

The ground investigation site works for the terminal redevelopment were successfully completed in August 2014, which has allowed the foundation design of the terminal building and pier to progress.  At present the terminal building design and several aspects of the landside design is largely complete.   Once the design is complete, a full tender package will be generated with a view to issuing the tenders in December 2014.  It is then envisaged that the construction contract will be awarded in late spring 2015, with the 15 month construction starting in summer 2015.

21st July 2014

Further to our recent update regarding the Ground Investigation at Brodick, CMAL are pleased to confirm that Fugro Seacore plan to mobilise their jack-up barge to Brodick on Monday 21 of July. Once on site they will start their works immediately and hope to be finished within seven weeks.  A notice to mariners has been issued in respect of the works, and a copy is available below for your information.

8 July 2014

CMAL are pleased to announce that Fugro Seacore have been contracted to complete the ground investigation works at Brodick.  They will be mobilising a jack-up barge to drill investigation boreholes for the terminal redevelopment.  Fugro Seacore’s exact start date on site is yet to be confirmed, but it will likely be mid to end of July, with their programme for the works being seven weeks on site.  CMAL will issue a notice to mariners once the final details of the operations are finalised.

The design work on the project is progressing well and the project architect has updated the fly-through video, which is now available below.

Design proposals – 3 July 2014

The detailed design of the Brodick Terminal Redevelopment project is progressing well.  Our Architects, Archial NORR, have further developed the “fly-through” video of the proposed terminal, which is available through the link below.  The video represents the latest iterations of the design work, although it should be noted that this is not yet final.

Project update – 19 June 2014

The detailed design for the terminal redevelopment is progressing well, with many aspects almost complete.  CMAL are confident of progressing the works as a single project, rather than a phased development, which will significantly reduce the disruption to the terminal operations, and the overall project cost.  To this end, CMAL are hopeful of shortly being able to announce a number of funding partners for the project.

The completion of the ground investigation is still proving problematic, as following initial delays for weather and technical difficulties, the barge then had to leave site due to a recurrent technical issue.  CMAL are actively engaged in getting the ground investigation works back on site at the earliest opportunity.

Unfortunately the information gathered as part of the ground investigation is crucial to the completion of key design items, without which the works cannot be tendered.  As a result, the overall programme for the works has slipped a few months.  It is hoped that the tender process can be started in the next month or so, with a view to construction starting on site in spring/summer 2015.

Harbour Revision Order – 11 April 2014

CMAL are pleased to inform you that the Harbour Revision Order (HRO) being applied for as part of the Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment works will be formally submitted to Transport Scotland on Friday 11 April 2014.  The process involves CMAL submitting the HRO to all the statutory consultees (i.e. – SEPA, SNH, North Ayrshire Council) and for the HRO documents to be available for public viewing.  This formal consultation will remain open for a period of 42 days (until 23 May 2014), during which time any representations (in support or otherwise) must be sent to Transport Scotland (full details are included within the HRO documentation).

All documents are available for download by clicking here or individually below:

Update on  Ground Investigation – 27 March 2014

As part of the Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment project CMAL awarded the contract for Ground Investigation to Structural Soils Ltd.  The majority of the investigation works will be undertaken from a “jack-up” barge positioned at various locations in Brodick bay.  The windy weather and roughs seas from late January through to early March meant that it was too unsafe to tow the barge to Brodick.  Unfortunately at the first suitable weather window, the barge developed a serious technical fault.  Structural Soils are currently working to resolve the technical issue and hope to have the barge ready to tow to Brodick shortly.

The delay to the Ground Investigation works will have an effect on the overall project programme, but as yet the full implication of this is not known.  CMAL’s design team are still progressing with as many aspects of the design as possible, and hope to minimise any time lost on the overall project.

Public Meeting – Tuesday 7 May 2013

Please click to download the presentation on the Brodick Ferry Terminal Redevelopment from our latest public meeting held on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

Public Meeting – Monday 3 December 2012

Please click here to view the presentation, presented at the public meeting  in Brodick about the proposed Ferry Terminal redevelopment.