Uig Harbour redevelopment work on hold

31 August 2020

The Highland Council’s (THC) proposals to redevelop infrastructure at Uig Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Skye have been paused.  Following receipt of tender bids, the cost of the infrastructure project has increased significantly.

Despite a number of cost reduction exercises being undertaken, the cost savings identified are not sufficient to allow THC to award construction contracts at this time in line with the project’s original scope, costs and funding arrangements with Transport Scotland.

THC will continue to work with both Transport Scotland and the Skye Triangle Steering Group members over the next few months to establish a way forward that meets the needs of all the Skye Triangle Infrastructure programme stakeholders and communities.

Project updates will be provided as next steps are established, with the anticipated closure of Uig Ferry terminal now expected to take place in late 2022 to allow for construction activities.  The review will also consider vessel deployment arrangements if necessary.

Councillor Trish Robertson, Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee of The Highland Council said: “A lot of work has taken place to move this project forward and it is very disappointing that we cannot maintain the programme with construction works this year, but clearly the increase in cost requires some careful reconsideration to ensure we get best value from the public purse. I would like to thank the project team for all the efforts they took to consider all options for moving this forward, but I do respect the decision taken by Transport Scotland due to the high costs involved.”

Project update

The tender process for the main civil engineering works has been completed for Uig Harbour. The tender return is currently being reviewed and, given current COVID-19 circumstances, tender award is unlikely during the lockdown period. The commencement of the construction works is likely to be delayed until late Summer 2020 at the earliest.

All representations in respect of the Harbour Revision Order and the Marine Licenses have been resolved and formal consent is anticipated in the near future, enabling construction works to commence.

The planning permissions have been granted for the new terminal building and temporary site compound area.

The overall project construction works are programmed to be complete by late 2022, subject to tender review, funding from Transport Scotland, consenting timescales and COVID-19 lockdown relaxation/removal.