Work will start shortly on an indoor sports hall at Clickimin as part of the Anderson High School project.
The £2 million “indoor training facility”, to be erected on the south pitch, is expected to be ready by October or November.
It will provide a PE space for the Anderson High School and also be available to the public outwith school hours.
Details about the hall were outlined at a public meeting last night. The polytunnel-style building, 63-metres by 42-metres in size and 11 metres high, is an “off the shelf” design of sheet metal with a membrane roof, according to Shetland Recreational Trust manager Robert Geddes. This will enable a 35-week construction period.
The vast indoor hall will have space for one nine-a-side pitch or three five-a-side pitches, with the space divided by interior curtains. It will have a floor covering of 60mm, and will be suitable for football, rugby and athletics but not hockey.
There will be changing areas for 96 people and some room for storage, but, in an effort to keep costs down, there will be no seats for spectators.
The building will have “natural” ventilation, said Mr Geddes, and the light-coloured “architectural membrane” roof of heavy duty industrial canvas will let light and warmth into the structure – there will be no other heating. This means the venue cannot be used for “non-sporting” events.
The new “multi-sport venue” will be operated by SRT but will not be linked to the other parts of the Clickimin Leisure Complex. It will not be staffed, but will be covered by CCTV.