TECHNICIANS were today (Wednesday) fitting out Wi-Fi to the new Scalloway fish market after Shetland Islands Council took possession of the building on 5 February.
Workers continued with snagging works after the handover, said marine and airport infrastructure manager Andrew Inkster, who added that the market was now virtually ready for operation.
Work on the £5.6 million market has been undertaken by the Aberdeen based CHAP group with local contractors such as EMN Plant Ltd, Delting site services Ltd and Arch Henderson among the companies involved.
The market, which has been described as a “step change” in how fish is sold in the isles, doubles the floor space of the old unit and offers improved electronic auctioning, which has already been hailed as a life saver for the local industry.
Senior project manager Stewart Douglas took the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the construction which had been completed safely and “ahead of schedule and within budget”, which he called an “unprecedented achievement”.
A new fish market that offers similar advantages over its predecessor will open shortly in Lerwick.
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