Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has announced that the principal contractor, George Leslie Limited, will complete the main works contract for the redevelopment of Brodick Ferry Terminal at the start of August, on time and on budget. However, the opening of the new facilities will be delayed as a result of issues relating to the construction of the passenger access system (PAS).
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 PAS, has experienced delays, impacting on the completion date of the overall project. The completion of the works at the new terminal is now scheduled to be late September / early October. On completion, CMAL will handover the terminal to Calmac for operation.
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.
CMAL’s Head of Civil Engineering, Ramsay Muirhead said: “We are very pleased that George Leslie Limited is on track to complete the main site work early next month, as scheduled. Despite some very challenging weather conditions at times, the team has maintained solid progress throughout the project.
“Unfortunately, Adelte has experienced unexpected delays in the delivery of our order, which will impact on the completion of the overall terminal redevelopment project. Clearly, we are very disappointed, particularly as all other areas of the project have remained on track with our scheduled completion dates.
“We know the local community will be disheartened by this news and we are sorry that they will have to wait to use their new terminal. This project has transformed the terminal and passengers will have access to fantastic new facilities, so we recognise they are keen to see it open. We are just as eager for them to enjoy the new terminal and I would like to reassure islanders that we are doing all we can to minimise the delay. We have been involved in numerous meetings and conference calls on this issue and we have visited the Adelte factory in Spain and their offices, with more visits planned. We are working closely with them to ensure the work is completed as efficiently as possible.”
On completion of its final phase of construction, George Leslie Limited will handover the site to CMAL. This will allow Calmac access to the terminal building to install office and other equipment. The final phase of George Leslie Limited’s contract will see the completion of a number of key areas.
The extensive redevelopment project at Brodick Ferry Terminal represents a major investment of around £30 million, led by CMAL, with support from Transport Scotland, North Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Coastal Communities Fund.