Demolition work set to get underway as part of major Shetland project

TULLOCH Developments is set to get demolition work underway at the site of the former Anderson High School in Knab, Lerwick.

It comes as part of the major redevelopment of the site, which will see the construction of new low-carbon housing, roads and infrastructure in the area – as well as the repurposing of some of the existing buildings and open space to provide community and recreational resources.

Shetland Island Council said that the demolition work is expected to commence this month (May) and take around 18 weeks to complete. The initial phase will focus on physically separating the existing buildings by removing various links and extensions.

Phase two of the demolition work – which will see the complete removal of all unwanted buildings on the site – is expected to commence in the second half of 2021 and take up to a year to complete.

Neil Grant, Shetland Islands Council’s director of development services, commented, “It’s tremendous to see work beginning on the ground for this project.  A lot of planning is already underway to redevelop the site, and we’re keeping local residents and the Lerwick Community Council up to date as the work progresses.

“Our aim is to create a site which blends affordable housing with dynamic community amenities, with innovation, sustainability, carbon reduction and community involvement at its heart, and we’re looking forward to working with our partners and the community as the work progresses.”