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Ardrossan Harbour upgrade project

We are working alongside partners Transport Scotland, Calmac, CMAL and Peel Ports Group on a major project to redevelop Ardrossan Harbour.

The Ardrossan Harbour taskforce is working to develop a preferred design option for both marine and landside facilities, in order to improve the operation and resilience of the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry service.

Our vision involves the creation of a 21st century transport hub for Ardrossan which will improve the passenger experience for all ferry users, communities and businesses.

We believe that the improvement works at Ardrossan Harbour will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Ardrossan area. A summary of the proposals for Ardrossan Harbour (dating from Spring 2020) are provided in the project overview (PDF, 1.34mb).

A programme for the implementation of the project is not available at this stage, with the award of a construction contract subject to agreement on a funding package for the works between Transport Scotland and Peel Ports Group.

To find out more about the project, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (Word, 21kb).

Project team

The project is being developed with partners using external consultancy support. View details of the project team (Word, 15kb) and the scope of their work.

Initial engagement

The Initial Engagement & Communities update plan (PDF, 6.50mb) was presented to interested parties for feedback during 2 engagement sessions in October 2018. The outcome of the sessions is summarised in our consultation document (PDF, 3.83mb).

Update February 2022

Further consultation on a developed design for the landside infrastructure was launched on 21st February 2022. This will allow comment on the design before the project proceeds to the tender process. As a design and build contract, some of the design responsibility for areas such as the external design and finishes for the terminal building will remain with the contractor when appointed. The contractor will be required to undertake further consultation before the design is finalised.

The consultation can be accessed via the following link:

Ardrossan Harbour (ironsidefarrar.com)    

The outline programme for the overall Harbour project is as follows post agreement of funding package:

Activity Duration 
Certificate of Lawful Use of Development (CLUD) application 2 months
Tender Process 7 months
Ministerial approval of Final Business Case 2 months
Contract Award 1 month
Contractor Lead In and Mobilisation 2 weeks
Construction 21 months

The complete Information Update (PDF, 463kb) dating from November 2020 provides further background to the project and includes:

  • Background information, project overview, project partners and roles
  • Options Assessment information from Transport Scotland including: Early Options Assessment and Proof of Concept
  • Advance Works update from Transport Scotland
  • Marine Works update from Peel Ports Group 
  • Landside Works update from North Ayrshire Council
  • Passenger Access System update from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Works update from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
  • Project Programme from Peel Ports Group
  • Service Continuity and Timetabling from Calmac Ferries Limited
  • MV Glen Sannox from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

An email address has been provided, in each section, for the relevant organisation to request information, ask a question, or to leave feedback.


Questions about the Ardrossan Harbour project can be emailed to ardrossanharbourproject@north-ayrshire.gov.uk.