Ground investigations are to start this week on a harbour pier in Banff, in north east Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The 18th century harbour pier was closed last summer after Aberdeenshire Council contractors discovered that the grout had reduced and some of the quayside large rocks had moved.
Aecom with Amco will now be carrying out the £100,000 ground investigation over the next four weeks in prepartion for construction works expected to start in the summer.
Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “The ground investigation is a highly specialised undertaking and as such, Aberdeenshire Council does not have the necessary expertise or equipment to carry it out in-house. Therefore, an external contractor has been appointed. The cost is in the region of £100,000, in line with the budget allocated.
“The contractor is expected to complete the works on site within four weeks of starting, weather permitting, and a further four week window is then anticipated before the final results of the study are available.
”The results from the ground investigation will be used to prepare a detailed design for construction. During the period of detailed design, we will also be consulting with stakeholders regarding any possible disruptions and options.”