Shetland Amenity Trust were the lead partners in a project which saw the Sumburgh Head area transformed into a world class visitor attraction as part of a £5.4million development.
Working along with RSPB Scotland, and in co-operation with the Northern Lighthouse Board, the work to restore the lighthouse buildings and create a new, state of the art facility was completed in April 2014 and officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal 6th June 2014.
The Architectural Heritage Project Officer co-ordinatied the work, alongside the main contractor, Corramore Construction Ltd and Groves Raines Architects; who are specialists in the field of conservation and restoration and with whom the Trust have completed several significant projects.
Over £3.7million of the total budget secured by the Trust has been sourced from national and European funding sources, bringing significant investment into the future of Shetland’s natural and architectural heritage. Funding organisation and sources include: Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Heritage Lottery Fund; Historic Scotland; Highlands & Islands Enterprise; Scottish Natural Heritage; The Wolfson Foundation; Shetland Islands Council; Shetland Amenity Trust and RSBP Scotland.
For full details of the project including plans and progress, visit the Sumburgh Head Website at http://www.sumburghhead.com/
Highlights from the soft opening in April 2014 can be viewed in the video below, including comments from The Shetland Amenity Trust General Manager Jimmy Moncrieff and a brief look around parts of the site. For more videos please visit The Shetland Amenity Trust's You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/shetlandamenity