One of our readers advised us last night of the presecne of The Port of Ardersier on the portfolio page of the Derbyshire based company Clowes Developments. You can just about see the pointer that represents the former McDermotts yard on this map here.
Our reader who gave himself the tag "Land o'plenty" wrote:
Interesting to see who has bought the site. Clowes Development (the CWC Group) a Derbyshire-based privately (family)-owned property investment and development company.
What do they do? According to their website they enable and promote industrial/distribution, residential, retail, and mixed-use developments in various parts of the UK. This is their first and only investment north of the Scottish central belt. Among the claims on their website:
"Our strategic land track record includes the following recent successes:
890 houses and 20 acres of employment land at Castle Donington, Leicestershire
700 houses at Chellaston, Derbyshire
200 houses and 32 acres for commercial/distribution/school use at Dartford in Kent
400 houses and 65 acres of employment/office space at Didcot, Oxfordshire"
So maybe Anonymous was right? Hooses. Or since it appears that Clowes/CWC Group are specialists in developing giant industrial/commercial distribution centres, perhaps some sort of big warehousing complex?"
It was a bit late and this observer had had a red wine or two earlier in the evening at a prestigious Gàidhlig event in the city of Inverness, headlines had been about a mystery buyer up to then so, a bit confused (even tired and emotional perhaps) this observer fired off an e-mail to the company and went to bed.
This morning however, the Press and Journal reveals all in an article entiteld "who brought the former fabrication yard at Ardersier". It's a good read folks and is available here.