CHORD contract for town centre awarded

The multi-million pound contract to transform Helensburgh’s town centre and West Bay Esplanade has been awarded to Maclay Civil Engineering Limited.

Work will start on site in early May and be completed by summer 2014.

Council leader James Robb said:, “I am very pleased that the contract has been awarded to get this work underway

“ It is an exciting time for Helensburgh and given the scope of the work there will inevitably be some short term disruption. I hope everyone will bear with this for the longer term benefit.

“We will see the benefits of the scheme when the work is finished next year and I am convinced it will make Helensburgh a better place to visit, to live in and to do business in. This is a much needed investment in the town.”

The CHORD project involves public realm works, landscaping, street lighting and public artwork; it aims to link the West Bay Esplanade to the town centre to create an environment suitable for a stroll along the shore and for much better access to shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in the town centre. The public toilets and pumping station will also be refurbished.

John Pugh, managing director of Airdrie-based Maclay Civil Engineering, said: “We are delighted to have secured the contract and are committed to working in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council to deliver a high quality project on time and within budget.

“We will establish effective communication with residents and businesses with the aim of minimising disruption during delivery of the project.”

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