Loch Ryan Port Development

RPS were appointed by Stena Line Ltd as lead consultant to develop a master plan and undertake the project management, detailed design, procurement, contract administration and supervision of a new £50m port development at Loch Ryan, situated approximately 10km north of Stranraer village on the eastern side of Loch Ryan, in Scotland. The new Port development was identified by the Scottish Government as a project of Strategic Importance.


The development involved the construction of a new ferry port terminal, including buildings, a marshalling area to accommodate 300 cars and 80 HGV, entrance ticket booths and weighbridges, entrance and exit search buildings, a trailer park area, car parking for approximately 350 cars and 10 coaches, a ship store and workshop, a police building and car parking area, an open pile jetty, sheet piled walls and two berthing facilities and associated roads and intersections.

Key details

Project name
Loch Ryan Port Development

Stena Line


Services provided

  • Maritime infrastructure
  • Coastal engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Project management
  • Modelling


Loch Ryan Port development was a complex project which incorporated many disciplines including project management, maritime engineering, coastal modelling and engineering, roads engineering, waste water treatment, architecture, structural engineering and environmental monitoring. Complex engineering challenges included:

  • Meeting the needs of various statutory and other stakeholders
  • High variability in the ground conditions, ranging from rock at surface to up to 30+ m of very soft alluvial clays
  • Environmental constraints on dredging activity
  • A major new roads junction
  • Waste water treatment
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As lead consultant RPS worked with the client and stakeholders to develop a terminal layout and associated facilities to meet a range of diverse requirements in an operationally efficient and cost effective manner.

RPS prepared and managed a range of environmental and statutory consenting processes to ensure the project met all statutory requirements. 

RPS effectively project managed a multi-disciplinary team including Civil Engineers, Building & Structural Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, Architects and Environmental Planners.  Through extensive planning, design, procurement and construction stages the project was delivered on time and within budget.


1km of coastal protection (rock armour)
150m sheet pile wall structure and 250m of open pile berthing structure

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