Closing Date For Bids For Scottish Port
Property consultancy Bidwells has set a closing date for expressions of interest in Perth Harbour.
Stage one of the marketing process will close at noon on Monday 24 November 2014. Interested parties have been asked to outline their business case and explain how investment will be made to maximise the use of the harbour as an economic asset.
In July 2014 Bidwells were asked to seek expressions of interest on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council which wishes to explore options to secure the future of the harbour.
The harbour, which has 4 main berths, provides a lower cost alternative to larger coastal ports and is situated on the River Tay 30 miles from the North Sea and at the centre of Scotland’s road transport network. It currently operates 24 hours a day handling coastal and dry bulk ships up to 90 metres in length and 2,500 gross tonnage. The harbour complex comes with surfaced car and lorry parks and is located within a well-established commercial estate with an expanding community of businesses, including many of Perth’s most successful and long established companies.
Any decision ultimately made by the Council to transfer ownership will not affect businesses occupying land on a freehold or long leasehold basis.
Graeme Duncan, Head of Commercial Property at property firm Bidwells who are handling the marketing, said: “We have received a number of expressions of interest in Perth Harbour, highlighting its attractiveness as an investment opportunity in central Scotland. We expect the Council to make a decision on whether to progress to the next stage of the process in February 2015.”