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Marine / SIC appoints contractor to build Scalloway fish market

What the new Scalloway fish market should look like. Image: CHAP

WORK is due to begin next week on constructing Scalloway’s new £5.6 million fish market.

Shetland Islands Council has appointed Aberdeen based CHAP Group as main contractor for the work that is expected to last 16 months until March 2020.

Demolition work of the existing fish market at Blacksness Pier will start on Monday.

Once the site has been cleared a steel-framed building with integral auction hall and welfare facilities, chilled compartments with transport corridor and loading bays will be constructed.

The existing fish market has meanwhile been moved into temporary facilities at the other end of the pier.

The investment by the local authority was prompted by the dramatic increase in fish landings at Scalloway over recent years.

Chairwoman of the council’s harbour board Andrea Manson said: “The upgrade of Scalloway fish market means we will be able to offer greatly-improved facilities to arguably the isles’ most significant industry, and I look forward to its completion in Spring 2020.”

Earlier this year CHAP completed the construction of the new fish market in Peterhead, part of a £51 million redevelopment of the town’s harbour