George Leslie Ltd

Key Facts

  • Client: Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd
  • Engineer: Royal Haskoning DHV
  • Conditions of contract: NEC3 Option A
  • Contract value: £2.05m
  • Duration of works: December 2015 to August 2016

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Marine Works

Karrera & Gallanach – Slipway Extensions & New Breakwater

The Inner Hebridean island of Kerrera is accessed by ferry across the Sound of Kerrera from the slipway at Gallanach, 3 miles south of Oban. This project was to lengthen the slipways at both Gallanach and on Kerrera to removal tidal berthing constraints and to construct a breakwater on Kerrera to enable berthing under adverse weather conditions.

The contract was awarded on GL’s Alternative Design which offered a £200k saving on the conforming offer and the key elements comprised:

  • 15m sheet-piled extensions of the slipways, with
  • hardcore infill and pre-cast concrete deck.
  • A 40m x 6m sheet-piled cofferdam infilled andform the new breakwater
  • capped with pre-cast concrete deck sections to
  • 5,000cum dredging and 1,000t of rock armour

The site was serviced by the MV Misneach work boat which together with a barge delivered the piles, rock armour, craneage, excavators and other heavy plant across to Kerrera.

News updates


The overall project involves the off-site fabrication and installation of a new linkspan structure at Oban Ferry Terminal for client Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMal).

12th February 2019

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GL return to the Sound of Kerrera

GL making a return visit to the Sound of Kerrera off Oban, to undertake substantial repairs to the breakwater which suffered collision damage following an altercation with a workboat earlier this year.

14th December 2018

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Polmadie Bridge official opening……..

Michael Matheson MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity covered all his portfolios at the official opening of the new Polmadie Footbridge giving pedestrian and cycle transport access,

18th September 2018

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