Highland Port Awards Construction Contract for £30m Quayside Expansion

Port of Cromarty Firth
Port of Cromarty Firth by Norman Strachan

Port of Cromarty Firth announced today that Roadbridge UK Ltd has won the contract to construct the new £30 million Energy and Cruise Hub announced this week. The hub will create an estimated 16 new full-time jobs through the construction and operation phases; many of which will be in the Highlands and Islands.

Roadbridge UK Ltd is one of Europe’s leading civil engineering and construction contractors based in Ireland and the UK. The company has a reputation for working collaboratively and delivering exemplary projects.

Roadbridge UK Ltd won the open public tender based on a number of assessment criteria, including their quality assurance, the strength and experience of their project team, their commitment to community benefit and a competitive price. They also have relevant knowledge of marine projects, with recent experience at Dublin port.

The Port’s tender process incorporated conditions to ensure maximum benefits to the local community from the project. These included:
• Sustainable employment for priority groups, including the unemployed;
• Targeted recruitment and training for modern apprentices and work experience placements;
• Educational benefits through career events and site visits;
• Vocational training to upskill apprentices, graduates and existing employees;
• Support supply chain development for small to medium sized businesses and micro-businesses; and
• Financial support for community projects.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth said: “This is a hugely complex job with a very tight schedule, so we are delighted to be working with Roadbridge. They won this contract against very stiff competition from six other leading national and international contractors. Their team is totally committed to ensuring the Port’s communities benefit from this build in line with our own Trust Port philosophy. It is a hugely exciting time for the Port and we look forward to working with Roadbridge on this build to ensure it is ready for the Moray East windfarm project in 2020.”

Cathal Doherty from Roadbridge UK Ltd, said “We are delighted to have won this contract from the Port of Cromarty Firth. It will be a privilege working with a Trust Port, as all profits are reinvested into developments such as this. Their commitment to their local communities fits with our ethos. We are looking forward to starting work on this project and creating sustainable jobs for the future of the area.”

The build will start in January 2019 with the construction of a 218m long quayside with steel piles, construction of a new revetment (retaining wall) and nine-acre land reclamation. Work is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.