George Leslie wins £3m Wemyss Bay contract

Wemyss Bay pier will close on October 1, 2015 for 24 weeks for major repairs.
Wemyss Bay pier will close on October 1, 2015 for 24 weeks for major repairs.

Civil engineering firm George Leslie Limited has won a contract worth more than £3 million to carry out major repairs to the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal over the coming winter.

The £3.172 million, 24-week contract is part of a £6 million investment by the terminal’s owners, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), in the facility.

The work includes:

· Removal and subsequent reinstatement of the vehicle linkspan

· Demolition and re-construction of the existing 1970s load restricted pier roundhead

· Renewal of pier fendering

· Installation of corrosion protection to the pier

· Dredging to the west and south of the pier.

The terminal will be closed from October 1 for the work to take place, with Rothesay ferry services diverted to and from Gourock for the duration of the project.

Wemyss Bay is expected to re-open on completion of all work before Easter 2016.

CMAL’s director of harbours, Lorna Spencer, said: “We’re delighted to award this contract to undertake essential repairs to the ferry terminal.

“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.”

Public meetings to discuss the work and give ferry users a progress update will be held at Rothesay Pavilion on Monday, September 7 and at Inverkip Marina on Monday, September 14. Both meetings start at 7pm.