Crown Estate Scotland has recently undertaken a procurement exercise to secure a specialist contractor to undertake necessary works to Portgordon Harbour. These works will ensure the health and safety of the general public and the future of the structure.
Portgordon Harbour is a tidal harbour consisting of two basins. Large areas of the harbour bed dry out at low tide and a finger pier, which is an extension of the East Quay, extends seawards beyond the harbour entrance and gives some protection to the entrance area from easterly storms.
The works will see investment from Crown Estate Scotland of around £300,000 into harbour repairs and safety measures - and will include the installation of quay ladders, new grab chains, replacement of handrails and slab repairs to some of the pier surfaces.
Additional works will include:
- Consolidation works to repair voids within the pier structures, which have made vehicular access to the piers impossible for some time
- The removal of shingle which has accumulated within the harbour basin (a licence has been granted by Marine Scotland for removal of this material).
It is hoped that works will not be overly disruptive to local residents and visitors to the area. At present there has been no need for road closures indicated from the contractors carrying out the works.
Contractors are due to be on site at Portgordon Harbour from early April, for around 6 weeks with a working day from 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday, and no Sunday working allowed.
Information about the project and fuller details of the works will be available to the community within an exhibition while the works are ongoing, facilitated by the Portgordon Community Trust; further details of this exhibition will follow.