Porthcressa Regeneration Contract Awarded To Kier Western

The Schiller Shelter at Porthcressa will be redeveloped

The Council has awarded the £4 million Porthcressa regeneration construction contract to new school builders, Kier Western.

Just ten Councillors discussed the project in a closed session, out of the public eye, on Thursday night.

We understand three building companies expressed an interest in the scheme, one of which was local.

The building project is expected to take around 40 weeks and will transform the former lifeboat station and bulb store into a library and registry office.

Councillor Christine Savill commented that the library was needed, as there was only a small collection of books at the new school.

The green and seafront gardens will be landscaped and the walkway surface improved. The current Schiller shelter will be demolished and rebuilt but controversial plans to provide cafe facilities have been dropped following community and business opposition.

Plans for two local-needs homes, above business units on the current library site, have also been dropped for now.

The Homes and Communities agency won’t fund social housing in Scilly because they don’t see it as good value for money, due to the cost of building here. The business units will be built in such a way that homes can be added on top when there’s funds available.

However, concerns have been voiced over whether the Council can afford this scheme.

European cash has been committed and Chief Executive of the Council, Philip Hygate told members that proceeding with this scheme could also help the quay development plans.

Work could start in 6 weeks.


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