The dry dock and adjacent Yard was famously developed back in 1975 by Howard Doris for the purpose of fabricating concrete gravity foundations for North Sea oil platforms. The 600,000 ton Ninian Central Platform was built here in the late ‘70s and is still one of the largest floating concrete structures ever manufactured.
The Yard was in continuous use until 1987 and then re-opened in 1992/3, when two large concrete caissons were cast for the foundations of the Skye Bridge. Since then, the 160m diameter dry dock has lain sleeping; serviceable and waiting for the next chapter in its history. With 12 metres of water at high tide and the 80 metre deep access channel, it remains a unique facility in Scotland, ideally suited for the manufacture of concrete structures for the emerging renewables sector and the refurbishment / fabrication of oil and gas structures.
The adjacent Yard, with its extensive hard standings, lay down area’s and hard edged quays has more recently been the home to Leiths quarrying activities and recently supplied the concrete to Balfour Beatty’s precasting operations for the new Raasay ferry terminal.
Ferguson Transport are also active at the Yard with their busy shipping and cargo handling facility, exporting fish feed products and timber by sea to a wide array of sites on the west coast of Scotland.