Oban ma­rina con­tract awarded

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

ONE of Oban’s long­est sagas has al­most reached its con­clu­sion with the sign­ing of a con­tract to build a ma­rina off North Pier.

On Tues­day, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil signed two ma­jor con­struc­tion con­tracts to build Oban’s new tran­sit berthing and as­so­ci­ated mar­itime vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties.

As far back as 1910, plans to have small craft in the bay were recorded in The Oban Times – and 107 years later it is hoped the scheme will be de­liv­ered by this sum­mer.

The con­tract for the new berthing fa­cil­ity has gone to Gael Force En­gi­neer­ing, which will be em­ploy­ing Gare­loch Sup­port Ser­vices (GSS) and Oban-based North West Marine as their main sub­con­trac­tors. The vis­i­tor fa­cil­ity will be built by Mull-based firm TSL Con­trac­tors Ltd.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lo­cal com­mu­nity joined coun­cil­lors, the con­trac­tors and fund­ing part­ner High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE) at Oban’s Cor­ran Halls to com­mem­o­rate this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish, chair­man of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Com­mit­tee, wel­comed the news.

He said: ‘We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted. We’ve worked long and hard to move th­ese projects for­ward, and are par­tic­u­larly grate­ful for the help of the lo­cal com­mu­nity group Oban Bay Marine, which has worked in part­ner­ship with us to de­velop the fi­nal plans.

‘It’s also great to see work stay­ing in the lo­cal area. GSS did a great job on our berthing fa­cil­ity in Camp­bel­town, which is go­ing from strength to strength, and has as­sured us it will use Oban­based sub-con­trac­tors wher­ever pos­si­ble.

‘We can’t wait for work to get un­der way in the spring. It is ex­pected that both projects will be com­plete by late sum­mer.’

John Of­ford, man­ag­ing di­rec- tor of Gael Force En­gi­neer­ing, said: ‘Gael Force is de­lighted to be in­volved in this very ex­cit­ing and pres­ti­gious pro­ject.

‘As a sailor who lived in the area for many years, I firmly be­lieve the new fa­cil­i­ties will be a great as­set to the town and will be wel­comed by the yacht­ing and wider marine com­mu­nity.’

Mike Robert­son, from Oban Bay Marine (OBM), said: ‘All of us in­volved with OBM are de­lighted to see tran­sit fa­cil­i­ties for vis­it­ing leisure craft com­ing to Oban at last thanks to the coun­cil’s re­gen­er­a­tion pro­ject, with sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties now in place all round the coun­try.’

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