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Community / New children’s home ready to welcome residents

A NEW children’s home in Tingwall will soon be ready to house young Shetlanders are part of a partnership between Hjaltland Trading and Shetland Islands Council (SIC).

The new home, located within Hjaltland Housing Association’s Gaet-a-Gott site a few miles outside Lerwick, has been developed for the SIC by Hjaltland Trading.

The property provides six en-suite bedrooms, two reception rooms, a large open plan kitchen/dining area, a visitor lounge and a study. It also includes a bedsit – complete with its own kitchen – and office space for council staff.

Hjaltland Trading is a subsidiary of Hjaltland Housing, which has provided over 800 affordable homes throughout the islands.

Construction began in summer 2020 and was completed by Tingwall-based E&H Building Contractors, which specialises in energy efficient construction methods.

Hjaltland Housing’s chief executive Bryan Leask said it was “great to see” the home completed.

“It has been a pleasure to support the council with another development project and I’m sure the property will be a welcome resource for the children and young people’s residential services,” Leask said.

“The home is a great example of the projects we are able to undertake and the expertise we can provide as Hjaltland Trading as we continue to look for future opportunities to work in partnership with other local businesses.”