Welcome to the Foyers Bay Project page. Each week we intend to give you a regular Thursday update on how projects are progressing. Some weeks there will be lots of activity, others not so much. If you have any questions - or have knowledge and skills you would like to bring to the project please do get in touch with the lead Directors via the button on the right!
Latest update - 9th September 2021
We are pleased to say that in the next 8 to 9 weeks we will be able to submit a planning application for the installation of the slip way. Fairhurst, our Quantity Surveyors, now have the results of the topographic survey and the bathymetric survey. They do however need to carry out a site investigation in order to determine ground composition and this is currently being priced up for our consideration, which we hope to authorise imminently.
We have in the meantime had a detailed meeting with Fairhurst regarding design and specification so they are currently working on a final design as we speak and hope to have this drafted and returned to us in approximately 7 weeks time. We will of course arrange a further steering group meeting once these plans are received and prior to submitting the planning application so keep an eye out for an email from us inviting you along.
If you would like to be part of this group, or have ideas you would like to share, please email either Lorraine or Russell.
Latest update - 2nd September 2021
Following last week's meeting, we have now engaged Philip Toulson's services as Structural Engineer to assist us in the design for the new slipway. His expertise lie in marine projects, so hopefully his experience will be invaluable in the design process. Lorraine is meeting with Philip and Mike tomorrow to identify any further concerns that need to be addressed as we move towards planning.
Latest update - 26th August 2021
We had a very constructive and informative meeting with Philip, a Structural from Fairhurst, this week to discuss the potential design requirements for the new slipway. He has suggested some further action points for us to look into, including identifying ground type where the slipway is going, and whether or not an environmental survey has been conducted in the area. We will now discuss this with our Architect, Mike, in order to take this forward.
Latest Update - 19th August 2021
Both the Topographic and Bathymetric Surveys have now been completed, and we are awaiting the results of the latter. A meeting is scheduled next week with the Quantity Surveyor to begin discussions about the design of the new slipway.
Latest Update - 5th August 2021
Mike Lawson, the Trust Architect, has been asked to submit the planning application for the slipway. Further investigations, including a Bathymetric Survey, have been suggested prior to this and Board approval was given at last night's meeting for this work to be carried out.
Latest Update - 30th April 2021
The Foyers Bay Community Steering Group Meeting met 28th April and you can read about the meeting here
Latest Update-15th March 2021
Russell Bain updated the Board at the January Board meeting on a recent meeting with Mike Lawson, the Trust Architect for the Foyers Bay project. Mike and Russell had visited the site and have drawn up an outline of the plan. The Board noted that Mike is putting together a fee proposal for an application and once received an updated report will be circulated.
Russell and Lorraine are currently in the process of setting up a Foyers Bay Steering Group to help drive the project forward so keep an eye on that in the coming weeks. If you are interested in joining the Foyers Bay Steering Group then please hit 'Join the Team' to note your interest.
Latest Update – 25 November 2020
The Foyers Bay Project has been somewhat hampered by the current Covid crisis, however some background work has still been going on. The Trust are now in discussion with the architects to produce the outline drawings for planning permission. The specification drawings for the slipway itself are complete. This will lead to putting the works out to tender once planning and SEPA requirements have been met. The intention is to firstly install the slipway and pontoons so that we have a useable facility as soon as possible whilst the rest of the groundworks and facilities will follow thereafter.
23 July 2019
Fencing is now complete and signage is expected to go up soon. Please do not park up in front of the gates.
11 June 2019
Fencing operations have commenced at the Bay. The contractor is D. McLennan, Kilmuir, North Kessock. If you see any suspicious activity including dumping or the removal of items please report it to the Police.
1 May 2019
Design considerations regarding the refurbishment of the existing slipway continue and are expected to come to decision this summer. This should allow the launching and recovery of small craft up to 7 metres length with a maximum water draft of 0.5 metres.
Future design may allow slightly larger craft, however shallow water depth may govern this possibility.
The approach gradient from land down to the waterside is also being considered to aim at a maximum of a 1 in 10 descent/ascent over a 4 metre height difference.
Pedestrian pontoon floats are already on site awaiting refurbishment and rebuild prior to deployment on water.
Likewise a supply of polyethylene floating pipe is on site awaiting end capping and return to water as a wave attenuator boom to shelter small craft activities and to protect against boat drift in the power station tail race. This boom will also add to environmental protection against flotsam drifting into Loch Ness.
Discussions have and continue to take place with authority stakeholders in building an acceptable facility and composing a code of conduct for water and landward interests.
An electricity supply is at this time becoming active towards power demand at the landward section of the project.
A fencing contractor will soon build a boundary fence around the SFCT leased land area containing the Foyers Bay site, with gated entrances included.
Ongoing rubbish and litter removal has and will continue with constant assistance from all who visit. This effort will vary to a greater or lesser degree as development of the site takes place. It will always be in everyone’s interest to maintain this high standard.
The community is requested to contact any member of the Board of SFCT should comment or question arise in regards to the success of our Foyers Bay facility. Similarly if you see any suspicious activity including dumping or the removal of items please report it to the Police.
9 April 2019
So what are the long lengths of plastic pipe for at Foyers Bay?
Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust leases some of the land at Foyers Bay from energy firm SSE. The Trust was approached by the University of the Highlands and Islands. UHI wanted to assemble a new and very long pipe for use in testing equipment further up the loch. The Trust sought the consent of our landlord, SSE and permitted UHI to use the area for a few weeks. There will be minimal disruption and no ongoing work to do with the pipe.
SSE will be installing a new electrical supply to site shortly which will include a crossing of the power station road. Please refrain from using the site meantime. Fencing work is due to start in May. The pontoons and floats stored on site are not to be used as play equipment. The mound of concrete particles are stored for use in the remediation of the site and for paths.