Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) is delighted to announce the award of the contract for the Inner Harbour Redevelopment Project. PPA, chief executive, Ian Laidlaw said that he was delighted to announce the award of the £30+ million contract for the works to a joint venture partnership between civil engineering contractor, McLaughlin & Harvey and dredging contractor, Boskalis Westminster. The Inner Harbour Redevelopment Project is part of the largest development in the history of the Port. The £50 million redevelopment of the inner harbours has been supported by a £5 million grant from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund and the Scottish Government and a commercial loan from Santander Uk PLC. Mr Laidlaw said that the award of the contract was a sign of the confidence that Peterhead Port Authority had in the future of Peterhead as a major player in the fishing, oil and gas and decommissioning industries as well as the Port being an important strategic asset to the economy of the North-east of Scotland. Mr Laidlaw said that the announcement of the project was the culmination of 3 years of detailed planning and design work. The project entails the strengthening and deepening of the inner harbours, land reclamation with revetment, widening of the harbour entrance and demolition works. Works already completed in readiness for the harbour deepening have included demolition of the old Greenhill Fish Market and upgrading of electrical, gas and water services throughout the Port. As well as creating deep water access to the inner harbours, realignment of key structures will improve access to the inner harbours to facilitate larger and deeper drafted vessels. In particular access will be improved to the proposed a new and upgraded fish market in the North Harbour. The increased capacity and improved facilities at the new market will capitalise on the recent record landings and strong prices seen in recent months. All of the dredged material won from deepening of the Harbours will be used to create a 25,000m2 reclamation area for future development. While maximising the use of existing resources this also achieves the most environmentally beneficial use of the dredged material. In order to allow the harbour floors to be dredged from -3.2m to -6.5m CD, the existing quay walls within the Harbour will be strengthened using an innovative ‘RD Piling’ solution which has been developed in Scandinavia. The RD system has been tailored to suit the specific requirements in Peterhead as a result of close collaboration between McLaughlin & Harvey and the Client’s designer, RPS Consulting Engineers. The Harbour Redevelopment Project will be completed in 18 months and has been structured to allow the Port to continue to operate without disruption throughout the duration of the works. The Project will enhance Peterhead’s position as Europe’s premier fishing port. Across all sectors the Port will eventually support more than 9,500 direct and indirect jobs throughout the North-east of Scotland and will generate over £800 million per annum for the Scottish economy. The construction works will create over 100 full time jobs with a number of local companies and businesses being involved in the project. In addition, a significant proportion of the materials used in the project will be sourced locally adding to the benefits to the local economy. A public information meeting will be held on October 11 2016 at 18:00hours in the Palace Hotel, Peterhead.