Hospital helipad starts to take shape

The Robert Black Memorial Helipad is beginning to take shape. Photograph: Kenny Craig.
The Robert Black Memorial Helipad is beginning to take shape. Photograph: Kenny Craig.

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Almost seven weeks after construction began, the Robert Black Memorial Helipad is taking shape.

The first concrete has been poured but last week’s heavy rain and high winds forced the postponement of the second pour.

The challenging weather conditions failed to stop McFadyens Contractors Ltd, which began work on the purpose-built helipad on January 11, from working hard to install kerbstones for the access road ahead of laying Tarmac in a few weeks’ time.

The £270,000 facility, which will be used for transferring emergency patients from Campbeltown Hospital to larger hospitals, was named in honour of the Campbeltown paramedic who died in May last year after a battle with Covid-19.

The first concrete being poured at the site. Photograph: Kenny Craig.
The first concrete being poured at the site. Photograph: Kenny Craig.

The Courier previously reported that the project, led by ambulance technician Stuart McLellan from Neilston in East Renfrewshire, has been supported by the Ardshiel Hotel, Glen Scotia Distillery, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers and the airline Loganair but a number of other Kintyre companies have come forward to offer assistance.

Stuart told the Courier: ‘I’ve been absolutely blown away by the generosity of Campbeltown businesses and non-profit organisations.

‘Since I last commented in the Courier, I’d like to thank Kintyre Hire for offering car hire for my key contractors that need to get to the site when and if required, the Rotary Club of Campbeltown for making a donation of £1,000 and Campbeltown Community Council for also making a donation of £1,000 and finally Chelsea Willis Photography for doing lockdown doorstep photoshoots and donating the profit to the helipad fund.

‘I’m delighted with the progress of the helipad to date and would like to pass on my thanks to Raymond Hosie Photography for the aerial photographs and Kenny Craig for the regular photograph updates.

‘And last, but by no means least, I would like to thank McFadyens Contractors and McFadyens Transport for their commitment and dedication to delivering this project on time for the people of Kintyre.’

South Kintyre Development Trust has agreed to take on a licence to operate the helipad and take responsibility for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the site on behalf of the community.