First stage of Wemyss Bay refurbishment is complete

A £1 million restoration of the Grade A listed walkway linking the pier and the railway station at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal has been completed.

The walkway’s refurbishment is the first phase of repair and restoration work on the terminal, worth a total of £6 million, to be completed - though it’ll be March of next year before Bute ferry passengers are able to see it in all its glory, once work on the pier, linkspan and sea bed are all finished.

The Grade A building, providing cover for foot passengers walking between the railway station and the pier, was one hundred years old in May of this year.

A prominent wrought-iron and timber-clad structure with a slate and glass roof, all the building’s defective timbers were replaced on the external and internal walls, including the concealed structural timbers, which form each of the 44 timber bays.

The main structural frame of the walkway is constructed from a number of wrought-iron trusses that are supported off concealed wrought iron columns.

All of the concealed and exposed wrought iron structure has been repaired, cleaned and redecorated, including the columns, trusses and wrought iron lateral restraints.

All downpipes and guttering systems have been replaced and the glazed roof lights were cleaned.

The repairs to the pier and linkspan are due to be completed by March 18, 2016, by which time Network Rail’s refurbishment of the railway station buildings should also be finished.

CMAL’s director of harbours, Lorna Spencer, said: “We’re delighted that the work has been completed to refurbish the listed building at Wemyss Bay and restore it to its former elegance from Edwardian times in the traditional Caledonian Railway colours.

“The work forms part of our overall programme of harbour improvements to promote and facilitate modern harbour and ferry operations around the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service.”