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Plans lodged for new Fair Isle Observatory

The fire took hold in the roof space of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory before completely destroying the building.
The fire took hold in the roof space of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory before completely destroying the building.

Plans for a new bird observatory and guest house on Fair Isle – to replace the former fire-ravaged building – have been lodged.

Architects ICA were appointed to design a new building and have now submitted a planning application with Shetland Islands Council.

Lead architect Steven Byrne said: “I am privileged to work on such a unique project.

“The nature of the Fair Isle project includes a community aspect, meaning that it will have a significant positive impact to the island as a whole—this makes it a real joy to be involved in.”

The observatory has attracted a steady stream of visitors since it first opened in 1948.

The accommodation includes 25 guestrooms, a warden’s house, staff quarters, and front-and-back-of-house areas.

The observatory was destroy by a blaze last March.

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