Shetland firm wins major £2.5m housing project on island

SHETLAND firm DITT Construction has been contracted to demolish and rebuild eight houses in Lerwick.

The £2.5 million Shetland Island Council project is set to get underway in April and last for 14 months, with it bringing modern, energy efficient homes in place of the demolished properties at Sandveien.

Peter Tait, MD of DITT Construction, said, “We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract to rebuild these properties at Sandveien.  DITT has carried out a number of housing developments during the last 40 years, so it is great to have another to add to our long list.

“We are particularly pleased as it gives us the confidence to begin our annual recruitment of new apprentices into the industry.  The range of training available on this project will give them skills to carry through their working life.  It is exciting to be involved, and we are sure it will create a lot of interest as it progresses.”

Councillor Dennis Leask, chair of Shetland Island Council’s development committee, said, “This project is the first major housing contract to be awarded by the council for many years and I’m pleased to see DITT Ltd win the contract for this, with their considerable experience in local housing developments.

“This is a significant investment in our housing stock that will improve the quality of housing for these council tenants, who can look forward to living in modern homes when the project is complete.  I look forward to seeing progress on site soon.”