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Orkney trio set to reshape Stromness

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April 6 2011

Orkney trio set to reshape Stromness
A trio of developments in Stromness, Orkney are finally gaining some traction with the local authority progressing plans for the redevelopment of the pierhead area - over two and a half years after Malcolm Fraser Architects won the competition to build it.

Orkney Islands Council is applying for planning permission following a recent public exhibition to repair a landmark 18th century warehouse on the site, whilst erecting new mixed use buildings around it to form a public square.

In form this will adopt the local custom of “shouldering” gables to the prevailing wind, forming a sheltered wind break in which to host markets and events.

Engineered by David Narro Associates the buildings themselves will accommodate two shops, a library and office space to be shared with the Northern Constabulary.

It complements a planned refurbishment of the town’s former Commercial Hotel, which will be transformed into office accommodation via the design input of Gray, Marshall & Associates,  Leslie Burgher and David Narro.

Also on the cards for Narro is the repair and consolidation of nearby Ness Battery, a series of defensive positions built during both World Wars. The fortifications have now been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
A new library will enhance cultural opportunities on the island
A new library will enhance cultural opportunities on the island
Orkney Island's Council are keen to revitalise the historic core of Stromness
Orkney Island's Council are keen to revitalise the historic core of Stromness

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