Campbeltown Berthing Facility

Campbeltown Berthing Facility


Background and what we plan to do

The original plans for this project were to increase the number of berths from 40 to 145 and to improve on-shore facilities in order to provide a more attractive facility for recreational sailing.  A technical feasibility study was carried out, to find out whether the proposals were possible and to establish the likely cost.  The findings of the technical feasibility study were –

  • A marina is technically feasible within Campbeltown Harbour i.e. layout, dredging, infrastructure etc;
  • The number of berths has had to be reduced from 145 to 45 due to the projected supply and demand;
  • The proposal is not 'self-financing' by virtue of the projected high capital costs and insufficient income to cover capital costs and depreciation over the term of the project;
  • Grant funding would be required;
  • There is a substantial capital funding shortfall;
  • There is overall stakeholder support for the project.

The Campbeltown CHORD Project Board agreed that further investigations should be carried out - looking at lower capital costs & alternative technical solutions; potential funding sources; engaging more with stakeholders.

The overall objectives of the Campbeltown Berthing Facility project are -

  • To enhance berthing facilities;
  • Ensure that the facility is commercially viable and sustainable;
  • Ensure that the facility offers value for money;
  • Ensure that the facility has an agreed, robust and sustainable management organisation.

This project is part-financed by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body

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Project updates

Title Update
Campbeltown Berthing Facility - update February 2014

The CHORD Project Team and consultants continue to develop the Full Business Case for the development of Campbeltown Berthing Facilities including dedicated onshore toilets and showers.  The Full Business Case is now at an advanced staged and to date the following activities have been completed;

  • Completion of additional site investigations
  • Approval of Town Planning Consent subject to conditions
  • Marine Scotland Construction Consent
  • Fully developed design and outline specification

The current stage is developing the full technical specification, clear operational guidance and detailed business planning.  As part of this final phase before submitting a completed Full Business Case to the Council, we will be having a final open day to allow all interested individuals and organisations to engage with the project team as they finalise the design and business plan. 

In addition to the above, the open day will also relate to other significant works on the Old Quay around the Fish Berths that is not directly related to the redevelopment of Campbeltown Berthing Facility and whilst the two projects are distinct, they will be managed collectively to ensure minimum disruption to the Old Quay. 

The open day will be on Friday 28 March 2014 in the Town Hall in Campbeltown between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

Planning application for Campbeltown berthing facility submitted

A planning application is being submitted to extend and improve the existing berthing facility in Campbeltown. See our press release for further information.

Campbeltown Berthing Facility Update - November 2012

Argyll and Bute Council has finished the tendering process for Campbeltown berthing facility. A consortium led by Fairhurst, one of the largest privately owned partnerships of consulting engineers in the United Kingdom, has been appointed. The work is being done as part of the Campbeltown CHORD project which will mean major improvement for the town and waterfront.

Fairhurst and partners will be responsible for developing the full business case including a detailed design for both improved berthing and onshore facilities, securing all the necessary consents, final costings and details of operational management. Work is expected to be finished by the end of May 2013.

Chair of the Campbeltown CHORD project board, Councillor Rory Colville said, “I am delighted we have moved forward to a key stage of this project.  The council has recently demonstrated its commitment to this project with the dredging of the site which not only allows the berthing of larger vessels but is designed to accommodate the options being considered.

“It is expected there will be berthing for around 45 vessels once the project is completed. The aim is to make sure the facility is commercially viable and sustainable, offers value for money and has a robust management in place. I am confident this will enhance the future of Campbeltown.”

There will be continued engagement with key stakeholders followed by a third workshop and details of this will be released at a later date.  The project manager maintains a list of stakeholders. If you would like to be included please send your contact details together with a brief description about your interest in the project to the project manager: For example - John Smith, e-mail address, telephone number - local sailor, interested in the plans for the berthing facility.