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Past Architectural Projects

Below are just a few examples of some of the larger project work the Architectural Heritage Team have undertaken in recent times.

Sumburgh Head

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A large project managed by the Architectural Heritage Team.  The development at Sumburgh Head required members of the team to be  on site daily and solely responsible for the repair and replacement of all original stonework, including window lintels and chimney stacks.

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As this element of the project is mainly restoration, this was being done using traditional techniques and replacing damaged or missing sections using reclaimed materials. The site opened to the general public in May 2014 with an official opening on June 6th by HRH The Princess Royal.


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Members of the Team carried out repairs and replaced sections of the Fraser Park wall, in Scalloway.

Belmont House

The complete restoration of Belmont House in Unst was carried out by the Architectural Heritage Team. This award winning project included the repair and rebuild of the main house and pavilions, finished to a high standard using traditional methods and authentic materials.

Large quantities of salvaged pitch pine and oak were used to replace and repair beams, floors, stairs and linings. Many of the wooden wall panels and door finishings were re-created by the team to match original fittings.

The roof was repaired using specialist sheet lead work and the lath and lime plaster finish applied to ceilings and walls was done using traditional materials and techniques.


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Scalloway Museum

The full fit out of the Scalloway museum was carried out by the team. This included renovating and installing

all display cases, mounting display panels, installing low wattage LED lighting and installation of internal dividers. A number of specialised display items, such as a prehistoric plough, were created to specifications supplied by the museum committee.

A reception desk was custom built from reclaimed materials and a children's area including a Viking galley and a model castle was made for younger visitors.

External works carried out during this project included the creation of a path and gateway for visitors between the Museum building and Scalloway Castle.

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Shetland Museum and Archives

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The display cabinets, shelving and cupboards within the gift shop at Shetland Museum and Archives were all hand made by the teams expert carpenter. The timber used was all reclaimed. Small additional details include the carving of figures into shelving units and hand crafted latches.

The Architectural Heritage Team was also instrumental in the installation of the reception desk. The large and impressive structure was crafted from the remains of the Elenore von Flowtow, a ship which was discovered under the mud in Hay's Dock during the restoration of the area.

Unst Heritage Centre

Unst Heritage Centre was previously the old school building, before it was converted into the current well visited community museum. The team carried out repairs to external brickwork, doors and windows and added a new roof covering. Internally, the building was renovated and fully fitted out, including all plumbing and electrical work.