St Agnes Hall Contractor Wants Local Tradesmen

Proposed appearance of St Agnes Hall

Proposed appearance of St Agnes Hall

The contractor who will build the new Island Hall on St Agnes wants to recruit Scilly-based builders and tradesmen.

Dawners from South Wales were an unsuccessful applicant for the Porthcressa regeneration project, but say they understand local challenges having studied the islands for that project and this new scheme.

This week their experts visited to check the foundations at the hall to assess how deep they need to go, as part of the 33-week build which starts in mid-May.

The Island Hall is driven by a local committee and Dawners spokesman, John Bennett, says it’s appropriate that island builders are involved.

There’ll be twelve workers engaged, which John says is a linear scheme and differs from the Five Islands School build, where different elements were worked on at the same time.

He’s keen to hear from ground workers, carpenters and people skilled in the typical building trades. Transport from St Mary’s to St Agnes may be laid on.

John’s company completed a building project on the Pembrokeshire island of Skomer, so he says they understand the logistics of building on remote islands.