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Work on Brough Lodge to start soon

ONE OF Shetland’s most iconic historical buildings will be made wind- and water tight later this year after Historic Scotland agreed to contribute towards the project.

Shetland Islands Council and Shetland Amenity Trust had already approved funding towards phase one of the restoration of the A-listed Brough Lodge, on the remote island of Fetlar.

Now Historic Scotland will contribute £149,000 towards the total cost of £380,000 of the first project phase.

Brough Lodge Trust long term plans are to complete restore the interior and exterior of the building and convert it into a residential heritage centre.

The overall cost for the ambitious project is estimated to be close to £3 million.

The early 19th century laird’s lodge was built by the Nicolson family who owned large estates in Shetland.

Chairman of the Brough Lodge Trust, Pierre Cambillard, said he hoped the work could star in September this year.

He added: “I’m delighted that there has been a further vote of confidence in the Brough Lodge project.

“At a time when the financial outlook is uncertain, it’s important that we continue to invest in Shetland’s heritage in ways that will benefit the whole community.

“This isn’t just about preserving the past; it’s about creating new opportunities that will help the economy of Fetlar and Shetland to be more diverse and more prosperous.

“I thank those who already donated to the project and would ask people to consider making whatever donation they can afford.”

Brough Lodge Trust was set up in 1998 with the aim to give the building a new future. It took until 2007 before the trust was able to acquire the building.