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Scalloway.

A STUDY exploring improvements to Scalloway’s waterfront is set to begin imminently.

The contract for a Scalloway Waterfront and Town Centre feasibility study has been awarded to consultants Ironside Farrar.

The award of this contract comes as a result of funding of £81,000 awarded to the Scalloway Community Development Company (SCDC) from the Crown Estate Fund, administered by the Shetland Islands Council.

The fund will also pay towards the hire of a development worker for an initial period of one year to support this and other related projects.

Ironside Farrar was awarded the contract from a field of seven interested parties after a “rigorous selection process”.

SCDC said the company has an “extensive track record in similar studies throughout Scotland, including island communities”.

Scalloway Community Development Company chair Davie Sandison. Photo: Shetland News

The award-winning landscape architects, environmental planners and civil engineers were also responsible for a previous Scalloway harbour development masterplan, procured by the council.

SCDC chair Davie Sandison said he was “delighted” to announce the contract award.

“There was an exceptionally high standard of tenders made toward this contract and after a lengthy review process it was clear that Ironside Farrar were the most suited candidates for the work now required,” he said.

“This project could have superb implications for the heart of Scalloway in bringing further parking, public amenities and business opportunities to the village centre, by land and by sea.”

The feasibility study is based on one of the key outcomes of the ReCreate Scalloway community consultation.

The consultation, which ran in 2018, recorded a wide range of community aspirations and high amongst these was a desire to improve the run-down areas of the waterfront and improve parking at Burn Beach.

The development company, meanwhile, is overseeing plans for a caravan park and campsite at Asta.