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‘Topping out’ of new AHS

Pictured at today’s “topping out” ceremony at the new AHS are Alastair Nicol of the Scottish Futures Trust, SIC deputy convener Cecil Smith, Morrison Construction’s Donald Mclachlan, Angus Macfarlane of Hub North Scotland and SIC chief executive Mark Boden. Photo courtesy of SIC.

CONTRACTORS and representatives of Shetland Islands Council on Tuesday marked the “topping out” of the new Anderson High School and its accompanying halls of residence.

It marks the latest milestone for the project – the completion of the main concrete work and external structures of both buildings – with the “topping out” to be followed by the final roof construction work.

Cementing progress on the new halls of residence on Tuesday is SIC education committee chairwoman Vaila Wishart. Photo courtesy of SIC.

The project team say work has been progressing well since construction began last August, with pupils from the existing AHS keeping a close eye with a number of site visits.

The four-storey school will accommodate up to 1,180 pupils and is due to be completed in late 2017.

Hub North Scotland is leading the project and its chief executive Angus Macfarlane said: “This is an important stage in the delivery of the new Anderson High and halls of residence and comes as the projects approach a year since construction commenced.

SIC deputy convener Cecil Smith said it had been “very satisfying to watch these two buildings rise out of the ground over the past year, and I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment from all those involved which has got us to this stage”.