Design options are to be drawn up for a new food processing factory and refurbished boat yard on Goat Island as part of a £66million vision for Stornoway Harbour.
Stornoway Port Authority is currently consulting on its draft masterplan, a 20-year vision which includes a £50million deep water facility on the south east of the harbour.
The plan also includes the redevelopment of the Goat Island boatyard and creation of a new marina at Newton with an estimated cost of £10million.
As part of the improvements to the harbour, the port authority is advertising on the public contracts Scotland website looking for architects to design options for both the boat yard and a new food factory.
The yard is the only significant facility of its kind in the Outer Hebrides, and one of the largest on the west coast of Scotland.
It carries out repairs and maintenance on fishing boats and leisure craft, but needs additional capability such as a covered slipway and side-slipping improvements.
Alex Macleod, Stornoway Port Authority chief executive, said: “We are looking for quotes to do some design work for us. The improvement works on the slipway and a standard multipurpose food factory are both part of the masterplan.
“At the moment it is just the design we are looking for. As a follow on from the port masterplan we will start looking at design options.
“We have got a long way to go, these are two options we have been looking at for a while.”
The development of the new food factory will include the demolition of the existing building.
Potential contractors are being asked to provide a new factory plan shape to include offices, canteen and staff facilities.
The factory is to be completed to a shell standard including services i.e. toilets, hygienic wall linings etc. Purchasing and installation of food processing equipment is to be done by tenant.
Parking and turning space is to be increased.
Designs for the boatyard project are to extend the existing side slip and install a new boat marine building.
This will allow the boat yard to undertake works under cover during the winter.