Construction Begins at Sumburgh Head

by Deborah Leggate -

The multi-million pound redevelopment of Sumburgh Head into a world class Visitor Centre is now underway, with the arrival on site of the contractor, Corramore Construction Ltd.

Site management facilities are now in place, with the first stage of works already starting on the new accommodation block and the expansion of the lower car park.

Project partners, Shetland Amenity Trust and the RSPB are keen to ensure that construction works have a minimal impact on visitors to the area. Local tour operators are invited to submit details of any planned bus tour visits in order to ensure adequate parking and turning arrangements are fully coordinated with the contractor, particularly at times of high traffic flow or site deliveries. Details can be submitted to info@shetlandamenity.org or shetland@rspb.org.uk.

Pedestrian access to bird viewing points and the area at the back of the Light tower remains open. The only area now closed to the public is the central courtyard and Lighthouse buildings, although access is still available to the RSPB offices and information point, including Puffincam monitor. Access information will be updated on the main project website at www.sumburghhead.com

Private vehicle access to the top of the Head is now restricted to authorised vehicles only. However access can be facilitated for disabled or limited mobility visitors by prior arrangement, by contacting the RSPB office at shetland@rspb.org.uk. Advanced notice would be appreciated as the office is not manned every day.

The Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Visitor Centre is due for completion in Spring 2014.