Have your say on Ardrossan Harbour redevelopment

An illustration of the terminal building. This is indicative and final design and finishes to be agreed with contractor. The building is unlikely to be of height illustrated.

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The consultation on the proposed Ardrossan Harbour landside infrastructure has been launched by North Ayrshire Council.

Funding of £15.5 million has been committed for a 21st century multi-modal terminal at CalMac’s busiest ferry port as part of a wider £100 million investment programme in the town.

The council  is now looking for feedback on the Ardrossan landside design to inform the proposals before it advances to tender publication. Following publication of a tender, works would be in a position to start around nine months later, with a construction period of 18 months to two years.

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North Ayrshire Council is working with a group of project partners: Transport Scotland, CMAL, Peel Ports Group, CalMac and the Arran Ferry Committee to
complete a comprehensive upgrade and redevelopment of the Ardrossan Ferry

The Ardrossan Harbour Steering Group has developed an exemplar design for Ardrossan Harbour landside facilities.

The proposals when implemented will improve the facilities and operations at Ardrossan to meet the additional capacity provided by the MV Glen Sannox.

The main landside works include:
• Development of a new terminal building replacing the existing with a modern two- storey facility and new passenger access system (PAS)
• Upgrading of both the marshalling and car park areas

This design will inform the contractor although it may be subject to some change under a design and build contract.

The Ardrossan Harbour Landside development will form an integral part of
the £170 million programme of wider capital investment in Ardrossan, including the community campus, marina extension, IMSE, commercial and residential developments and will transform and revitalise the harbour and north shore area.

Through the Ardrossan Connection Project and working in partnership with NAC,
Sustrans has developed proposals for improved active travel links and EV charging as a key element of this programme.

The project steering group and design team have reviewed best practice and adopted ‘lessons learnt’ across a range of ferry terminals including Brodick.

This has involved site visits and reviewing user group feedback. The emerging designs require close design coordination between the revised berth and the terminal building.

Critical to the design has been the need to:
• Create a short PAS link between the vessel and the terminal building for all in-service vessels and enough capacity in lifts and stairs.
• Create good, safe pedestrian links to the rail station, town centre, car park and marshalling areas.

The new terminal building will replace the existing building with a two-storey modern structure.

The new building will sit on or close to the site of the existing building to allow ease of access to vessels.

The ground floor will include a ticket reception, CalMac offices, user facilities with stairs and lifts to the embarkation hall.

Short walks connect to the vessel and the railway station and public transport/taxi stands.

The terminal design responds to Brodick terminal user group feedback in the
following ways:
Stair design
• Gradient of stairs is shallower than Brodick
• Handrails provided on both sides of stairs
• Stairs include intermediate landing
Circulation space
– 122.9 Sq m ticketing office (Brodick 68 Sq m)
– 26.4 Sq m at upper floor lift entrance (Brodick 26 Sq m)
Lift space – provides capacity for 17 people, with passenger movements of 79 persons per 5 minutes at 80 per cent capacity.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), required for the duel-fuel MV Glen Sannox, will be stored in a 150m3 horizontal storage tank. The facility will be equipped with fire, gas and temperature detectors.

Principals of a passenger access system
• Ardrossan ferry terminal will include a purpose built PAS.
• This PAS will allow passengers to walk or wheel from the first floor of the new terminal building to the vessel, while being sheltered from the weather.
• The ferry end of the PAS is adjusted each sailing to take account of the current and new larger vessel at every state of the tide. Due to the addition of the new ferry, the vertical range of the new PAS will be significantly more than the current motorised gangway at Ardrossan.
• The length of the PAS is determined by the vertical range it operates over and accessibility legislation which defines a maximum allowable slope. The PAS must be at least the minimum length required to avoid the PAS being too steep.
• The new PAS will have a similar length, terminal building door to ferry door, as the current access at Ardrossan.

Geometry of Ardrossan PAS
• The design team is looking to minimise the PAS length within the constraints of the site geometry and accessibility legislation.
• The shore end of the PAS will be fixed to the new terminal building on the first floor.
• The seaward end of the PAS will be moveable both horizontally and vertically to accommodate doors of the different vessels at all states of tide.
• The slope of the PAS will alter for each ferry to align with door position of the vessel at the current tide height.
• There is a limit on the maximum slope of the PAS and this ensures accessibility for all passengers. The vertical movement and the maximum allowable slope sets the minimum length of the PAS.

Ardrossan is an important transport interchange with users looking for good links to rail, bus, taxi, walking/cycling routes and car parks. The area to the front of the terminal provides for short term ferry drop-down/pick-up parking, disabled badge holder parking, bus and coach pick-up, and for taxis.

The proposals also provide easy walking connections between the town centre and the rail station and include the replacement of the covered walkway.

Other details include:
• New ‘real-time’ information system on rail connections from the terminal building ground floor waiting area
• An outdoor ‘Square’ incorporating bus shelter and seating and providing the emergency evacuation area/ holding area for the building
• Cycle store and cycle parking

The marshalling area will remain in its current location. It will offer additional capacity providing 150 per cent of the new MV Glen Sannox capacity. It will be resurfaced and upgraded with additional lanes and a relocated ticket kiosk.

The revised marshalling area looks to improve the flow of traffic and segregation of heavy goods vehicles and cars and reduce tail- backs at the kiosk.

This includes:
• Revised double kiosk with cars using both sides
• 11 marshalling lanes with 200+ marshalling spaces
• 25-30 HGV/commercial vehicle spaces
• Connecting footway and cycleway to the terminal building

Parking will be provided and operated by North Ayrshire Council providing approximately 450 car spaces on the existing site between the sea wall and the terminal.

The car park will be re-surfaced with a revised automated barrier system.

Entry to the car park will be from Harbour Road but with the entry point located
slightly further north to reduce queuing and conflicts between traffic queuing for
access to the marshalling area.

Both long and short stay parking will be controlled by ticketless automatic number plate recognition, barrier controls and CCTV. Parking charges will continue to be set by the council with the system operated remotely.

The car park provides for:
• 450 car parking spaces plus spaces for motorbikes
• Parking for cycles is provided adjacent to the terminal building
• Limited overnight parking will be provided for hauliers

The new terminal facility and upgraded harbour looks to meet the needs of all users now and into the future.

The proposals provide for other uses in the Harbour and future active travel measures within Ardrossan.

The proposals also allow:
• Other uses within the harbour including future use of the Irish and Winton Berths.
• The continued operation of Clyde Marina’s marina and boatyard (at a slightly reduced scale adjacent to the harbour with additional capacity recently created nearby).
• The development of active travel routes within Ardrossan to support walking and cycling and strengthen town centre connections.

A detailed programme for construction is not available at this time. A programme will be developed on the completion of a funding agreement for the project investment between Transport Scotland and Peel Ports Group.

A separate consultation will be undertaken on interim service arrangements for the
operation of the service from Troon.

The consultation document is on the North Ayrshire Council website and can be found at http://northayrshire.community/consultationsevents/consultations/