The Port’s tender process included 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.

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

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth said:

This is a hugely complex job with a very tight schedule ... We look forward to working with Roadbridge on this build to ensure it is ready for the Moray East windfarm project in 2020