LEADING ship operator Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd is to invest a seven-figure sum in redeveloping a rundown area at Montrose’s port.
The company, based on Meridian Street, has submitted a planning application to build new commercial premises on a 4.5 acre site adjacent to Barrack Road, in a move that will create around 15 new jobs.
The proposed scheme will replace a row of tired, old warehouses with attractive modern warehousing and accompanying office space.
Rix Shipping is already in advanced discussions with one local company interested in relocating to the new facilities once they are completed, which will take around six months from work commencing on site.
James Doyle, managing director of Rix Shipping, said the development would turn what was a tired industrial site into an attractive area from which modern businesses could operate.
He said: “We have been conscience for quite a while that the land and buildings had seen better days and it was becoming a bit of an eyesore, so we have decided to plough a lot of money into it and redevelop the whole site to optimise its use.
“It is an exciting project for us because we have been operating in Montrose for many years and so consider ourselves to be part of the fabric of the ports and the town in general.
“Helping to regenerate part of the site and create new jobs, therefore, is a matter of great pride.”
Rix Shipping submitted a planning application for the project to Angus Council in late July and the development will be considered for approval in due course.
The area lies in the centre of the proposed South Montrose Regeneration Plan which has been put together by Angus Council, with other stakeholders in the private sector, and could create more than 200 jobs if it goes ahead.
Mr Doyle said: “This is a significant investment Rix is putting into the town, certainly in the millions of pounds, and it will stand alone as a great development or compliment any work that takes place as a result of the regeneration plan.
“Clearly we are very keen to get the go ahead from the council as we believe it is an important andexciting scheme which will support commercial activities on the port and be positive for the town.”
And the development could remove many existing gull nesting sites.