MacInnes Bros Ltd were appointed as the Main Subcontractor on this contract on behalf of RossShire Engineering Ltd. The works included the construction of a 1200m access road to a new Raw Water Pump Station, installation of approximately 4000m water main, rock blasting and excavation works. These works were carried out within a remote area of natural beauty in difficult terrain with excavations taking place adjacent to peat, water and within rock.
Major Plant acquisitions were made for this contract as it was important to us to maximise productivity and value for money by ensuring we had the best available plant and machinery for this contract. Due to our geographical location, we find adverse weather conditions to be a regular hurdle. We try to overcome this by proactively ordering materials well in advance so that adverse weather/ferry cancellations does not affect delivery or production on site. For the rock blasting elements, explosives were required to be helicoptered to the island of North Uist and these were then stored in a magazine on site. Pleasant weather conditions were vital in the transportation of the explosives as cancellations will occur after certain wind speeds/visibility levels etc.
During the works MacInnes Bros Ltd were able to provide employment opportunities for local people: plant operators, HGV drivers, labourers and a site supervisor. In addition to sourcing staff locally, we actively sought to source materials from local suppliers, where possible to ensure that the benefit of these orders were channeled to the local community rather than placing the orders with off island suppliers who had offered lower prices.