George Leslie wins £1.4m deal for first phase of Fort William marina
The first phase of a new 40 berth marina at Fort William will begin next month after Caol Regeneration Company (CRC) awarded a £1.48 million contract to George Leslie Ltd.
The civil engineering firm has been drafted in to create a slipway and car park at the Thomas Telford Corpach Marina on Loch Linnhe.
Leases were signed on 24 December 2019 with the three landowners - Lochiel Estates, Scottish Canals and Crown Estates Scotland - which means that CRC can begin to spend the £1,465,000 Regeneration Capital Grant awarded to this project by Scottish Government in March 2018, as well as £171,000 from the EU LEADER fund.
Set to be wholly owned by CRC, Thomas Telford Corpach Marina will provide a 40 berth marina, a public slipway, and a community coffee shop. Situated at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal, marina users will enjoy outstanding views of Ben Nevis and Loch Linnhe.
CRC chairman Donnie Corbett said: “It has been extremely challenging to get to the point where we can actually begin construction of the marina. With sustained commitment over the years by the directors of CRC, and the hard work of the marina project committee and project managers, I am certain that Thomas Telford Corpach Marina will provide major social and economic benefits to the Caol, Corpach and wider Fort William community.
“We are indebted to Highland Council, for financial support and for the enthusiasm of our local councillors and of their staff here and in Inverness. Significant financial support has been provided over the years by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, without which we could not have achieved this milestone.”