Lerwick Port Authority recently awarded a construction contract to Tullloch Developments Ltd, for the latest expansion of the harbour’s facilities in a project costing a total of £16.5 million and which will benefit the fishing and oil sectors.
The new jetty at Holmsgarth North will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. The outer arm will also be suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels.
Local company, Tulloch Developments Ltd, has been appointed main contractor. Site set-up started before Christmas and the main works are now in progress, with completion scheduled in autumn 2016. Construction is expected to employ up to 50, helping to secure local employment.
Tulloch Developments are a civil engineering contractor and plant hire company based on the remote Shetland Islands, in the cold North Atlantic north of Scotland and they have recently invested a substantial amount of money on new plant and equipment to support their operations with regard to building the new Holmsgarth North Jetty
The company have recently taken delivery of a New Tadano Faun ATF 70 G-4 70t all-terrain mobile crane, along with two new Renault K range 8×4 tippers supplied by Elgin Truck & Van Centre Ltd. A third 8×4 tipper and an 8×4 flatbed lorry with HiAb crane are currently being built and are due for delivery before the end of May.
“Our decision to make this level of capital investment is due to the success of our tender for the new Holmsgarth North jetty construction contract from the Lerwick Port Authority. Works will include driving 800mtrs of sheet piling to create the jetty structure, moving 400,000m3 approx of quarried rock to be used as infill and 4000m3 of ready mix concrete to cast on-edge coping and surface decks.” explains Project Manager, Shaun Tulloch. “We have also recently placed additional orders for new concrete batching plant and drum mixers lorries which are scheduled for delivery in the next 4 to 6 weeks.”
The design of the jetty is by civil engineers Arch Henderson LLP who will also project manager the construction. The jetty will extend to 800 metres, with ultimately 10 metres depth of water alongside.
Port Authority Chief Executive Sandra Laurenson, said: “The jetty will be a significant addition to our resources and another example of our versatile facilities. While principally benefiting the fishing industry, it will also serve the offshore sector, underlining our commitment to both.
“The latest step towards a new white fish market, Holmsgarth North will reinforce both Lerwick’s future as a leading UK fishing port and the sector’s key contribution to the Shetland economy.”
The development is being supported by funding from Bank of Scotland. David Nicolson, SME Banking Relationship Manager commented: “These improvements to Lerwick Harbour will provide a significant boost to the Shetland economy and Bank of Scotland is delighted to be investing in such an important project. In addition to the 50 jobs that will be created through the construction work, the investment will also be a major boost to the local fishing industry as well as the oil and gas supply chain on the island, supporting future jobs and economic growth.”
Tulloch Developments Ltd is the biggest and most versatile civil and marine engineering contractor in Shetland. With 40 years of experience, highly-skilled staff and the right equipment in the right places, Tulloch can meet all construction requirements.