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Total work camp architects appointed

FRENCH oil company Total has appointed Archial Architects to design temporary living quarters and leisure facilities to house 800 construction workers in Shetland as work starts on building a £500 million gas processing plant at Sullom Voe.

The gas processing plant is being developed on land to the western side of the Hill of Crooksetter as part of Total’s £2.5 billion Laggan-Tormore project, 140 kilometres north west of Shetland.

The plant is due to open in 2014 with the bulk of the construction work expected to take place during 2012.

The accommodation camp will be built on council owned land at Sella Ness about one mile from the construction site.

As well as dormitory facilities, the self contained block will contain a canteen, recreation area, reading room, gymnasium, computer room/internet café, medics’ room, convenience store, laundry room, prayer room and a bar.

Other amenities will include a five-a-side football pitch to the north of the accommodation block.

A planning application for the camp will be submitted by the end of this month following a consultation exercise last month.

Should planning permission be granted later this summer, work on the accommodation block could commence before the end of the year.

Archial Architects operate worldwide and have 17 offices around the globe, including Aberdeen.

The company’s Charles Smith said: “The proposed design solution for this project is based on a modular construction method involving pre-made accommodation units being shipped to Sella Ness, where there is a pier immediately adjacent to the application site.

“This transportation arrangement will enhance the sustainability of the development and avoid any disruption on the roads in Shetland.

“An added benefit is that it will allow the building to be dismantled in four years time when the gas plant has been completed, leaving the site in a fully serviced condition and suitable for use by a subsequent commercial operator.”

The two storey residential building will be clad within metal panels and finished in a variety of colours including red, blue, yellow and green with the amenity block clad in timber.