Local firm secures contract for £2.7m Skye project

A local firm has secured a £2.7 million contract to develop eight new business units at Broadford Industrial Estate in Skye.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) appointed R K Joinery (Skye) Ltd for the work following a public tendering process.

Designed by Threesixty Architecture, HIE said the new units will meet modern building standards, provide a range of internal flexible space options, and maximise the efficiency of the internal areas. Air-source heat pumps will also enhance their environmental credentials and contribute towards net zero.

The project forms part of wider investment by HIE to create flexible workspaces in rural locations around the region. Broadford was selected as the initial development based on existing level of interest.

Alastair Nicolson, HIE’s area manager for Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, said, “We’re delighted to be able to award this contract to R K Joinery, a Skye business, and look forward to seeing work started on site. There’s a lot of interest in commercial premises on the island, from both local firms looking to expand and from companies looking to create a base on Skye. The new units we’re developing are designed to meet different commercial activity and office space needs.”

Robert Macqueen, owner of RK Joinery, added, “We are really pleased to be working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to develop the business units in Broadford. We are looking forward to starting construction in December, with a completion date of December 2023, which will help meet the demand from local businesses that want to expand and stay in the area.”