ABP's ports in Scotland set to expand with new land in Ayr

February 5, 2016

ABP is investing in the expansion of its Scottish ports with the acquisition of 3.1 acres of commercial property strategically located adjacent to the Port of Ayr.

ABP has purchased the industrial site from local company Bricktrain Limited. Currently home to 14 tenants, the site has room for expansion with additional office and warehouse units available for rent.

Port manager for Ayr, and current President of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Cresswell, said: “This property will provide the Port of Ayr with a mix of industrial space for local businesses as well as a range of flexibly-sized office units on York Street, all of which are within close proximity to the port.”

The port has long been recognised for the important role it plays in supporting key business sectors in Ayrshire.

Over the last four years, ABP has invested over £3.7 million into the Port of Ayr, including construction of the Ailsa Craig terminal which is used to handle imported agribulks, including wheat and malt for Scotland’s whisky distilling industry, new port handling equipment and a wide range of other general site improvements.

The Port of Ayr handles a variety of commodities, including agribulks and minerals imported from Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and mainland Europe, winter salt from Ireland and wind turbines from Spain and Germany.

In 2015, the Port of Ayr and the Port of Troon handled 250 ships carrying in excess of 400,000 tonnes of cargo.