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.
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