Wick has been chosen as the location for the Beatrice Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base due to its proximity to Beatrice and the availability of suitable quayside facilities.
In August 2016 we proceeded with plans to renovate two historic harbour front buildings, originally built in the 1800's as part of Thomas
Telford's original harbour works in Wick.
Planning consent was granted in January 2017 and work began in March 2017.
The buildings are in disrepair requiring significant renovation before they can become our long term operational home.
November 2017 saw work begin on redeveloping the disused section of the Inner Harbour to provide berthing and infrastructure for up to six crew transfer vessels.
Our £15m investment in the harbour front area is expected to be completed in early 2019.
A number of design options for the O&M base were assessed including a new build on the Telford Jetty which was presented at a public engagement event in March 2016.
We presented alternative plans for the renovation of the two Telford buildings at a further
public engagement event in September 2016 ahead of submission of our planning application to the Highland Council.
Planning consent for the renovation of the two Telford buildings was received in January 2017 and work began in the March.
Wick's Lower Pulteneytown has a particular and strong visual identity. As an example of a very early planned industrial/residential settlement it has national and international conservation and historic importance.
To ensure that the Listed Building Conservation requirements for the area are fully met, the development
of the scheme has progressed with close liaison with the Local Authority Conservation and Planning departments.
Whilst thorough refurbishment is required throughout, the restoration will retain as many features that are salvageable across both buildings. Principally these are the masonry walls.
Our principal contractors, BAM Nuttall, will work hard to carry out these extensive works with the minimum of disruption possible.
We look forward to returning these historic buildings to maritime use once more.