On 24th March 2020, Comharile nan Eilean Sar instructed the suspension of construction works in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines due to Covid-19.
L&M Keating Ltd. had been on site for three weeks and had established their site compound and commenced excavation works for the extension of the car park and marshalling area.
Work ceased on construction activities, and the team made the site and compound safe, before demobilising staff and labour from Lochmaddy. Preparation works (appointing subcontractors, purchasing materials etc.) are continuing but construction activities will remain suspended until government lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Lochmaddy Upgrade Contract Awarded to L&M Keating Ltd
16th January 2020
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has awarded a £10.1m contract to marine, civil engineering and building contractor, L&M Keating Ltd to carry out upgrade works at Lochmaddy Pier in North Uist.
Keating will be responsible for completing all civil engineering works for the harbour upgrade project, including pier strengthening and extension, upgraded fendering, land reclamation and seabed dredging. The work will commence in January 2020 and is expected to be completed in spring 2021. CalMac will continue to operate ferry services during the works.
The infrastructure upgrade work at Lochmaddy is part of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project, which involves significant harbour upgrades at the three ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig. The work is designed to improve and modernise harbour facilities and prepare the way for new vessels.
Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse said:
“I am very pleased to see the planned upgrade of Lochmaddy Pier moving forward with the award of this contract, following the recent award of the contract for construction works at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris.
“Work can now begin on the construction phase of the project, which will deliver an improved experience for the passengers who use these important services.
“Transport Scotland continues to work with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Highland Council and CMAL in the delivery of our ambitious plans for the facilities at the three ports of Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig through the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project. I look forward to seeing this project help to further improve connectivity from and to the Western Isles, with subsequent benefits for the local economy.”
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Comhairle’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said:
“We are very pleased to have reached this very important milestone in the delivery of infrastructure improvements for the wider Skye Triangle route.
We look forward to continuing to work with Transport Scotland, with CMAL and now with Keating in making significant improvements to the pier and marshalling areas at Lochmaddy.
We are confident that the investment in port infrastructure across the Skye Triangle route will make a significant contribution to growing and sustaining efficient and effective transport links for the islands.”
16th January 2020
A public meeting will be held at Lochmaddy Community Hall to update island residents on the programme of upgrade work as the contractor, Keating Construction, makes plans to begin work at Lochmaddy harbour.
The meeting will be held on Thursday 30th January, 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Individuals are invited to drop in at any time during the meeting.
Representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, CMAL, Wallace Stone and Keating Construction will attend the meeting to provide information on the planned construction work and answer any questions that may arise.
Work is expected to commence mid-February 2020 and last for approximately 12 months. CalMac will continue to operate ferry services during the works.
Marine Construction and Dredge Licences
7th November 2019
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been granted marine construction and dredge licences for the upgrade works at Lochmaddy Ferry Terminal. A copy of the decision notice and the licences are available to read below: