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March 27 2019

Shetland Islands Council consult on Lerwick masterplan

Shetland Islands Council is to consult the public on a masterplan for Lerwick’s old high school, following the schools relocation to a new build campus.

The Knab masterplan outlines how the site could accommodate up to 140 homes of a variety of types and tenure through a combination of new build and reuse of existing listed buildings.

Product of a series of engagement exercises carried out by the architects, alongside Nick Wright Planning, the initiative seeks to stem an outflow of young people from the island by providing affordable accommodation alongside an arts centre, innovation hub, sports facilities and business space within retained structures.

Woven within the historic old town fabric the scheme will adopt a variety of building types offset from a newly formed sequence of streets, squares and other spaces conceived in collaboration with Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture.

Ewan Anderson, managing partner at 7N Architects commented: “The Knab initiative represents a refreshingly innovative approach by Shetland Islands Council. It is a significant departure from how public property assets are commonly disposed of where the focus is often on capital value. This project is about civic value and the long-term wellbeing of the Lerwick community.”

The decade long masterplan will commence with the demolition of surplus school buildings next year.

A pedestrian-focussed network of streets, squares and ancillary spaces will link new build additions
A pedestrian-focussed network of streets, squares and ancillary spaces will link new build additions
Historic buildings could accommodate a variety of community initiatives
Historic buildings could accommodate a variety of community initiatives

The historic character of Lerwick will be maintained by working with the grain of the existing town
The historic character of Lerwick will be maintained by working with the grain of the existing town
The listed Anderson Institute; Janet Courtney and Bruce Hostels will all be retained
The listed Anderson Institute; Janet Courtney and Bruce Hostels will all be retained

1 Comment

Genuine
#1 Posted by Genuine on 28 Mar 2019 at 08:45 AM
Although not sure about the red roofing, what a lovely set of images. Hopefully this goes well.

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