Local firm appointed to Oban depot redevelopment

The redevelopment of Argyll and Bute Council’s Jackson’s Quarry Depot in Oban is close to completion.

As the council moves into the new fleet workshop and office, which was completed by Luddon Construction Ltd, Oban building firm Gregor Morawski has secured the contract to refurbish the existing building to provide new staff welfare, storage and a horticultural workshop.

This is the final stage that will bring all essential operational services for Oban and into one single, main site, reducing from three depots to one.

The site comprises:

  • a brand new four-bay fleet workshop to keep the council’s vehicles (bin lorries; roads equipment; gritters etc.) on the road;
  • a modern office and meeting room facility for all Oban-based operational services staff; and
  • an expansion of the overall site, with new hard-standing, drainage etc, to create a parking area for all vehicles.

The project, which faced some delay because of Covid-19, provided a significant boost to the Oban economy.

Main contractor Luddon employed local subcontractors throughout the project, as well as using the Oban accommodation market.

Councillor Rory Colville, policy lead for roads and infrastructure services, said: “Pulling together all the council’s operations into one site will not only join up services, but also free up the Mill Park and Appin depot sites for development. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Oban.

“As the main phase of the project ends, I’d like to thank Luddon Construction Ltd for delivering a depot for the 21st century. I’d also like to welcome Gregor Morawski on board – there’s never been a better time to be working with a local firm delivering its first council contract.”

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