Marine Yard

Advanced Marine Support Services Facility

Set on 100 acres of land, the marine yard boasts one of Europe’s largest dry docks, as well as a quay facility, that is suitable for barges 64 metres in length with a draught of 4.5 metres.

With such a unique combination of features, the marine yard is ideally suited to offer flexibility and choice to operators supporting marine construction and renewable energy developments such as:

  • Floating wind
  • Recycling (decom) projects
  • Large marine structure construction, repair and removal
  • Aquaculture

The site includes open storage space options. Cargo can be stored securely on site with ample space available including ?? sq ft of open quay storage space available.

Hunterston PARC is a fully consented port that can accommodate laydown, import, export and shipping, due to its on-site deep water port and dry dock. Large offshore experimental turbines have been erected and decommissioned on the marine yard, using a 700 tonne high reach crane, with loads dispersed using pads.

The yard is ideally located to serve Glasgow and the heartland of Scotland. It benefits from multimodal connectivity with good road connections, deep sea and two rail terminals at Hunterston Bulk Terminal, providing direct access to Scotland and the rest of the UK.


The site has positive policy status and support. This includes at a regional level, the North Ayrshire Growth Deal, funded by both Scottish and UK governments and investment support from Scottish Enterprise, who are partnering in the PARC development to support advances in renewable energy.

The North Ayrshire Local Development Plan 2 is expected to act as a major economic stimulus, which the site is ideally positioned to support. Hunterston Parc is central to this ambitious growth agenda.

Green Industry Research Hub

Hunterston PARC has aligned with expert partners in academia and ecology including the University of Strathclyde, University of Stirling, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) and other agencies to become a focal point for research, as well as commercial partnerships to boost Scotland’s sustainable economic future.

The University of Strathclyde has played an instrumental role in leading the research and development for the floating offshore wind sector and circular economy.

Hunterston PARC looks forward to collaborating with its key partners, to create world-leading research and development in technologies such as energy, decommissioning, infrastructure and the environment.

Favourable planning status

Peel Ports Group can provide a skilled team to assist with any planning issues and support from concept through to development.

The site has existing planning permission for construction and decommissioning of marine structures. It is capable of taking heavy loads via an existing jetty. With further complementary permissions for the future enhanced development of the Marine Yard.

The following planning permissions are relevant to the site:

  • N/17/01273/PP Application under Section 42 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 to vary Condition 1 of Planning Permission ref 16/00268/PP to allow use of the site for decommissioning of large marine structures. Currently being refreshed under planning application number 21/00005/PP
  • N/18/00132/PP  Erection of caisson gates and subsequent removal of existing bund
  • N/18/00134/PP Replacement and enlargement of existing jetty

Planning permissions for Hunterston PARC are available on the North Ayrshire Council website