Plans for transforming the former Shell Oil site at Ardrossan North Shore into a new campus for Ardrossan Academy and the residential area will be heard at a special meeting of North Ayrshire Council this afternoon.

A report – which will go before Full Council today [June 23] – outlines the detailed and robust process that will be carried out by environmental specialists to secure the ex-petrochemical plant.

Work is expected to start in spring 2022 and will last approximately nine months - with council officers confident works will have a significant positive impact and bring an important site back into use after years of lying dormant.

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “There has been a great deal of discussion about the site and we think it’s really important to be as open and transparent and keep people fully up to speed with what we have planned for the area. We are covering every eventuality and taking a belts and braces approach.

“The environment specialists have vast experience in this field and are confident that the site will not only be safe but vastly improved once the remediation works are complete.

“Throughout the process, we will ensure all residents and stakeholders are kept fully informed and we will answer any questions and address any concerns that may crop up.”

Such is the extent of works being carried out, the council is confident the measures undertaken would ensure the land is not only fit for school use but also residential living - with vegetables and flowers, for example, able to grow on the land.

Over the course of the nine months, remedial works will be witnessed, documented, monitored and numerous samples collected for analysis by a laboratory to ensure that they are being completed as agreed with the council's Environmental Health Department and SEPA.

The remediation strategy for the site will generally include the following works

  • Removal or Treatment of Contaminants
  • Provision of new site material
  • Use of Barriers to any residual contaminants

Specialists Envirocentre will be carrying out the work as they have experience across various sectors in scoping and making sure land is safe and compliant ahead of major developments.

Prior to work starting, a number of community drop-in sessions will take place to provide further details and answer questions about planned works.