In November 2011, local chartered architect Lesley Burgher was appointed as the restoration project agent and lead consultant, together with Billy Groundwater of Orkney Surveying Services who provided quantity surveying services; and Allan Reid, who provided structural engineering services. The team took the project forward from Judith and David’s initial ideas.
Planning permission and Listed Building Consent were granted in June 2016, with a building warrant granted in March 2017. A provisional alcohol licence for on and off sales was also granted in August 2016.
As hands on clients and very close neighbours of the store (Judith was brought up and has lived a stone throw away from the building all her life), they have been heavily involved with the project in specifying design requirements, and have been involved throughout the works.
Casey Construction were awarded the contract in early April 2017, with an estimated completion in June 2018 and construction budget in the region of £1.2 million.
Judith and David hope this very exciting renovation project will turn this iconic B listed building into a great asset to Kirkwall Town Centre, welcoming locals and visitors throughout the year. Without the available grant funding they feel they would not have been able to turn their vision into reality.
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