The construction of a new Largs seawall is in the final stages with work set to be completed in the coming weeks.

The £4.6m project is almost complete with the northern section of the promenade expected to re-open to pedestrians before the summer season gets under way.

The project has seen the creation of a new precast concrete seawall in front of the existing seawall structure, for a 300-metre stretch of the promenade between Aubery Crescent and the existing RNLI slipway.

It has also allowed for the promenade to be extended to the line of the new wall, while the steps to the beach have also been replaced, improving accessibility for visitors.

The existing sea wall – which was constructed in the 1970s – had deteriorated over time, due to repeated exposure to sea water.

The new sea wall should provide optimum protection and support against wave activity and coastal erosion.

The work to construct the new seawall has  been delivered by contractors RJ McLeod, on behalf of North Ayrshire Council.

Work began on site in July last year, with diversion routes signposted for walkers heading to Aubery Park and the boating pond. 

Speaking about the new sea wall project at the recent Largs Community Council meeting, Independent councillor Ian Murdoch said: "The project has been going very well and should be totally completed very soon with the resurfacing of the prom taking place almost immediately after that.  

"As the flood defence was running slightly late, the two are being done at the same time."

Asked by community council chairman Jim Phillips if the project had gone over budget, Cllr Murdoch said: "It has been carried out and finished in a timely manner, and as far as I am aware, it hasn't gone significantly over budget."