Sumburgh wins an Environmental Award

Published: 12 November, 2014

Today Sumburgh was presented with an Environmental Award in recognition of the extensive restoration and development project.

Pictured on the left are Ewen Adamson - Nordrie Ltd, Niall Braidwood - Grove-Raines Architects, Frank Brown - Amenity Trust, Iain Gulland - Zero Waste Scotland, John Mackenzie - Amenity Trust, Nigel McCluskey - Corramore Construction Ltd

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve is a world class attraction for the whole family. Visitors can explore the history and natural heritage of Sumburgh Head from the early geological beginnings and Iron Age settlers through to the Lighthouse Keepers and Second World War Defences. Indoor and outdoor interactive and interpretive displays also highlight the plethora of bird and marine life.

The project sensitively restored the A grade listed Lighthouse Buildings, improved visitor access to the site, enhanced wildlife habitats and visual amenity, installed interpretive signage at various sites and added a new education room and visitor facilities. Seasonal indoor amenities developed, include a visitor centre and shop, public toilets, cloakroom, marine life interpretive centre, fully restored engine room and restored smiddy.

Real consideration was given to environmental sustainability during the project design and there was substantial reuse of original materials, including windows, doors and brass fittings. A Ground Source Heat Pump and Photo Voltaic panels were installed to provide underfloor heating and electricity and any unused electricity is fed back into the National Grid.

Shetland Amenity Trust worked in partnership with a number of local and national agencies and groups during design and development, and continues to work in close partnership with the Northern Lighthouse Board and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to operate the visitor John Mackenzie, Sumburgh Project Manager and Nigel McCluskey Corramore Construction Ltd John Mackenzie, Sumburgh Project Manager and Nigel McCluskey Corramore Construction Ltd attraction element of the site.

Visitor ticket and shop sales, income from self-catering and bunk house accommodation and hire of meeting and event spaces, will help ensure the sustainability of the site. The facilities will also be used to provide events and activities for the local community and businesses.

The Environmental awards booklet can be downloaded here.