Work is to start on the restoration of Brough Lodge in Fetlar next month after Historic Scotland put forward almost half of the £400,000 required for the first phase.
This work, also supported by Shetland Islands Council and Shetland Amenity Trust, will make the building wind and watertight.
Pierre Cambillard, chairman of the Brough Lodge Trust, welcomed the news that the first phase would now go ahead. He said: “The trust is very grateful to all those that have demonstrated their confidence in the project. We now need to identify sources of funding for phase two, which will see the building fully restored. The trust’s aim is to release the building’s full potential and ensure that it plays its part in diversifying and strengthening Fetlar’s economy.”
The trust ensured that the local community has been fully involved in the development of the project. Public meetings and consultation with the community council have helped to tie the project in to local plans for economic regeneration.
Voluntary work has also been carried out to help save the building. Over a weekend in March, volunteers helped to salvage a number of valuable historical items and remove debris.
The services of Nicholas Groves Raines were secured for the restoration of Brough Lodge. One of Scotland’s foremost conservation architects, he has an impressive record of saving beautiful and neglected buildings and bringing them back into use.
The work will be carried out by the Shetland Amenity Trust. The building warrant is expected soon.