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The structure which will become Lochmaddy Pier is taking shape in a dry dock in Belfast, according to construction sub-contractors DPPS Contracts.

The main contract to continue the works was awarded by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to civil engineering company George Leslie Ltd in February, after the original company left the work soon after returning from the pandemic suspension.

When work recommenced in April, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “We are pleased that construction works can begin again at Lochmaddy Pier.

“It was extremely unfortunate that the original contract with L&M Keating Ltd had to be terminated and the delay this caused to the delivery process, but we look forward to now working with George Leslie Ltd in what is an important element of the Skye Triangle infrastructure improvement programme. 

“We continue to work with Transport Scotland, CMAL, CalMac Ferries Ltd and The Highland Council in delivering what is undoubtedly a significant investment in ferry services for the communities in Harris and the Uists. 

“We do not envisage there being any disruption to the ferry service as a result of the works at Lochmaddy and any disruption at the pier itself will be kept to an absolute minimum”.

George Leslie Ltd are responsible for the extension and strengthening of the pier, upgraded fendering, seabed dredging, land reclamation and extended marshalling and parking areas.

They’ve subcontracted DPPS, a Donegal and Essex-based company with a Scottish base in Edinburgh, to fabricate the massive new pier structure.

DPPS are making a 14-metre high concrete cassion in Belfast, with first stages of the concrete pouring starting on Friday (10 June).

The work is being done in dry-dock at Harland and Wolff’s Belfast yard, where the first of five levels of concrete pouring was completed last week.

Once complete, the structure will be floated and towed north to be positioned as a new pier in Lochmaddy harbour.

A spokesperson for DPPS said: “Our latest contract is starting to make great progress. Some very challenging details to deal with, but with good forward planning and a highly skilled workforce the job is running well and incident free.”

Picture of the work on the new pier from DPPS.