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Business / From hotel to housing as Brevik developer makes U-turn

An artist's impassion of the proposed Brevik development.

THE DEVELOPER behind plans for a hotel on the site of Brevik House in Lerwick has reverted back to proposals for flats and houses.

It comes after Premier Inn confirmed in December that it had pulled out of plans to build a 98-room hotel on the waterfront location.

The South Road site, which is owned by Aberdeen-based Ardent Group, has planning permission for both a hotel and flats.

The developer is now pressing ahead with plans for “high quality homes” on the site once Brevik House is demolished.

It will be a mix of one and two bedroom flats, three bedroom semis and five bedroom detached houses, with properties for sale as well as for let.

The developer said it is hoped for the semi-detached houses and flats to be available through the help to buy scheme, but this is not confirmed yet.

Interest can be registered on a website called The Brevik.

Plans for housing on the site of the old NHS headquarters received planning permission in 2018, but Breiwick Bay Properties Ltd – part of the Ardent Group – later reverted its focus back to its original plans for a hotel.

Brevik House was built in 1886, but it has effectively been dormant for a number of years.

More latterly it has been used to house donations for the Shetland Solidarity With Refugees group.