Work starts on dis­man­tling old pier

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Work has started on the dis­man­tling of the old pier and linkspan in Brod­ick which will even­tu­ally be de­mol­ished.

The for­mer gang­way and gantry have been taken down and work to re­move all the ser­vices is cur­rently be­ing car­ried out by Ge­orge Les­lie Ltd, which won the con­tract for the work af­ter a ten­der ex­er­cise over the sum­mer. The work should be com­plete by the end of the month.

The pier is now sur­plus to re­quire­ments af­ter the com­ple­tion of the new £30 mil­lion ter­mi­nal and pier af­ter sev­eral months of de­lay in March.

How­ever, port own­ers Cale­do­nian Mar­itme As­sets Ltd (CMAL) say there is no timescale for the de­mo­li­tion of the old pier – al­though the spit where the cars pre­vi­ously drove down to the linkspan will be re­tained as a pic­nic area.

A spokesman for CMAL said: ‘Ge­orge Les­lie was awarded a con­tract for un­der­tak­ing some de­com­mis­sion­ing work at the old Brod­ick pier. The works are in essence re­mov­ing all ser­vices, power, wa­ter, hy­draulic sys­tems, etc. un­til full de­mo­li­tion can be un­der­taken, as well as re­moval of the old pas­sen­ger ac­cess sys­tem (PAS) and the old linkspan.

‘The old linkspan and PAS are be­ing dis­posed of, as they are now life ex­pired. Th­ese de­com­mis­sion­ing works are pro­grammed to be com­pleted by the end of November, al­though a num­ber of tasks are de­pen­dent on favourable weather con­di­tions and tide lev­els.’

Mean­while, a de­ci­sion is ex­pected soon on the fu­ture of the old ter­mi­nal build­ing which was put on the mar­ket for lease.

One of the groups bid­ding to take it over is the Ar­ran Eco­nomic Group (AEG) which has al­ready se­cured £100,000 of fund­ing to con­vert the build­ing into a hub, which would be a show­case for the is­land’s prod­ucts, as well as of­fice space for ex­ist­ing and startup busi­nesses. How­ever it faces com­mer­cial op­po­si­tion for the premises.

The CMAL spokesman added: ‘We have re­ceived three for­mal of­fers at the clos­ing date and are cur­rently work­ing with the in­ter­ested par­ties to clar­ify a num­ber of el­e­ments of their bids.

‘It is ex­pected that a pre­ferred party will be iden­ti­fied in the next two weeks and de­tailed ne­go­ti­a­tions will be pro­gressed with that party.’


A RIB has been brought in to as­sist with the work.

Photo: Russell Dun­can

The for­mer gang­way is loaded on to a flatbed truck.


Fix­tures from the old pier are piled high in a skip.

Part of the pier struc­ture which will even­tu­ally be re­moved.


Dis­man­tling work un­der­way on the linkspan.

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