Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has been appointed to support the development of two new harbour facilities in Stornoway – helping to bring major economic benefits to the Isle of Lewis.
The Edinburgh based firm has been commissioned by Stornoway Port Authority to support its ambitious plans to regenerate the harbour area as part of its 20 year masterplan.
Planning Director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “We are thrilled to be playing a key role in regeneration projects of this scale, which are vital to growing Stornoway’s economy and will have a significant positive impact on the Hebrides.”
Established in 1936, Barton Willmore is one of the UK’s largest planning and design practices, with 12 regional offices around the UK offering comprehensive planning and design expertise – including port developments on Scotland’s east coast.
“We have extensive ports and harbour experience, including securing the necessary planning consent for the new Aberdeen Harbour Expansion at Bay of Nigg,” continued Mr Lavety.
“Our appointment to work for Stornoway Port Authority is a natural progression from this work and demonstrates the diversity of our service offer.”
The proposed Lewis development involves the creation of a deep-water port in Stornoway that will capitalise on the growth of the cruise sector by allowing visits from larger ships; and improved facilities for the energy sector, including a new freight ferry berth.
A new marina will also be developed within the town at Newton to meet the growing demand for yacht berths. And the proposals form a key part of the Port Authority’s 2017 Port Masterplan.
Alex MacLeod, Stornoway Port Authority chief executive, said: “The appointment of Barton Willmore will help to realise these bold and ambitious developments.
“We’re extremely excited to work alongside their expert team who can help us plan these projects further, and manage a thorough engagement programme with the local community who will ultimately benefit from the projects for decades to come.”
Through the appointment, Barton Willmore will be responsible for driving forward a consenting strategy, which includes applications for a Harbour Revision Order, Marine Licences and securing the necessary planning consents, as well as overseeing a programme of engagement with local residents and businesses.
The work will be undertaken in close collaboration with environmental consultancy EnvioCentre, who will be responsible for preparing the associated Environmental Impact Assessments.