In typical Fort William style we have very much had all seasons in one week!! But a glimpse of sunshine (and snow…!) the last few weeks has more than confirmed that Spring is on its way.
Over the last month there has been some exciting news with the third and final phase of the Thomas Telford Corpach Marina & Slipway Fort William funding confirmed. This has been a challenging period for the project – long delays due to covid coupled with a lengthy process to secure final funds. But we are thrilled to see this exciting resource delivered which we are in no doubt will be a fantastic asset to the local community.
We have also reached completion on another few projects including a Food & Drink Strategy for Argyll and Bute Council and a follow up to a feasibility study we done for Aberdeenshire Council last year. Part 2 consisted of a business case and action plan on how to strategically improve landings, marketing communications and infrastructure at Macduff harbour by way of a 5 year action plan. A great project to work on and we are excited to see how the plan progresses from here.
Meanwhile just across the road from our office, we are pleased to report an important milestone at MOWI’s Blar Mhor processing plant, as the first concrete is poured for foundations for their new extension, which will increase production capacity with state-of-the-art processing equipment, and provide high quality new office and welfare accommodation. NLC are managing the design and construction of this major project which is due to be completed in 2023.
Northern Light – as always have been adaptable and agile this month with some of the team working remotely… not bad when you can have views like this! (Bonus point if you spot our furry friend..)
Two new and exciting research projects are due to commence next week – one in Tobermory, working to produce an impact assessment for the proposed plans of the first stage development of the Aros Waterfront Project. The other consists of a feasibility study of a proposed sustainable energy centre in the West highlands, exploring how it may operate, the markets it would target, as well as its location. We are looking forward to getting started on both!
Looking ahead to May, plans are well under way for the Aquaculture UK conference in Aviemore. We are very much looking forward to the long-awaited conference and to see everyone in-person.
On a final note we are delighted to welcome two new members to our team over the next month and can’t wait to introduce them further in next month’s blog.
As always please do get in touch if there is a project or anything you feel we could support!