Community interest as former ferry terminal is put up to let

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A community bid to take over the former Brodick ferry terminal was being prepared this week.

The building has been commericially advertised for lease by owners Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) and is being marketed by Graham & Sibbald.

They say the former terminal is suitable for a variety of uses, subject to planning permission. It is in a highly prominent location, has substantial floorspace, and there is the potential to sub-divide.

The Banner first revealed the interest in turning the building into a community hub in March and the Arran Development Trust have already secured £100,000 worth of funding for the project. It would be a showcase for the island’s products as well as providing office space for existing and start-up businesses.

However, it was always known that the bid could face commercial opposition as CMAL are required to seek the highest price for the lease of the building.

But CMAL are known to be sympathetic to the community plan it is stated again in the marketing literature: ‘The owner of the former ferry terminal building are committed to supporting the local community and will consider the community benefits of all proposals to lease the building put forward.’

Members of the Arran Development Trust steering group visited the building this week as they finalise their bid, which could be the catalyst for future development plans  including a transit marina.

The schedule for the lease states that the property is a single storey building of brick and block construction under a pitched and concrete tile clad roof. The roof structure has a glass skylight in the centre providing additional natural light into the building.

The gross internal area is 316 sq m (3,400 sq ft) and,  it says, the building is currently laid out to provide an open plan waiting room area with ticket office and additional office and staff facilities as well as public WC facilities. The internal fit-out is of exposed brickwork and timber beams with
vinyl/linoleum flooring.

Graham & Sibbald state: ‘Our clients are open to potential sub-division of the premises to create smaller units and further information on this is available from the agents. The small car park beside the terminal, previously used by CalMac staff, is also available in the lease.’

Meanwhile, the next Arran Development Trust community engagement drop in session has now been planned for Wednesday July 18 at 6pm in the Lamlash Fire Station, giving the community an opportunity to look at the Trust proposals for future housing development on the island  and ask any questions they may have.

The Brodick ferry terminal which is available to let. 01_B27terminal01