Agreement struck over major Shetland projects
Posted on October 02, 2013
Plans for the new Anderson High School and associated facilities on Shetland have taken a significant step forward.
Hub North Scotland - the driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects across the north of Scotland – has been appointed to develop the project to create the school and halls of residence as well as the refurbishment of the Clickimin Leisure Complex. It marks the beginning of a process which is expected to take around two years.
With the administrative requirements finalised, the project will now move to the design stage and the progress has been welcomed by Shetland Islands Council.
Councillor Vaila Wishart, who chairs the local authority’s Education and Families Committee, said: “This partnership which Shetland Islands Council has entered into with Scottish Futures Trust, the Scottish Government and Hub North Scotland will mean that the new Anderson High School will be financed by both the Scottish Government and Shetland Islands Council.
“After such a long time it is good to know that a new Anderson High School will now be designed and built over the next couple of years.”
The £42million project package is one of a number of developments in the education sector being led by Hub North Scotland, the joint venture company formed between the public and private sectors. The £31m replacement of the existing Inverness Royal Academy and £50m Wick Community Campus are also on the list as part of a £435m project pipeline for the next 10 years.
Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “Our board has accepted the new project requests and we are moving forward to the design phase. It is encouraging to see momentum building and we look forward to working with Shetland Islands Council and the community to continue this progress. There has already been extensive consultation with all of the stakeholders and that will continue throughout the process.
“There has also been interest from local suppliers regarding potential contract opportunities. Miller Construction, the lead contractor for the site, is holding a ‘meet the buyer’ event which will likely take place later this year. It is too early to outline specific contract opportunities but we will remain in constant contact with the local business community to ensure all parties are kept up-to-date.”