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Tender documents for regenerating the Lews Castle grounds are due to be published.

An official notice advising of two upcoming contracts for the restoration and repair works is due to be published next week.


One tender relates to the work in the castle grounds and the second is for the restoration of historic buildings.


The contracts will be framed so island building contractors can apply.


The £2.7 million ground works includes restoration of the former private gardens, historic features and planting schemes, drainage, works to paths and new facilities including signage within the grounds.


Island firms could form a partnership with a larger mainland company to bid for the works.


Though specialist expertise is required for the £450,000 restoration of the Boatman’s Tower and the Porters Lodge buildings, local construction companies could tender by hiring expert craftspeople to undertake the conservation element of the works.


An information day and site visit for potential contractors will be held on 29 June.


Stornoway Trust chairman Calum Maclean hope there will be interest in the project from local suppliers as well as mainland firms.


He urged island businesses to take a close look at the opportunities and requirements.


Mr Maclean said: ‘Whilst there are heritage elements to both contracts this can be effectively delivered either by the main contractor themselves or through an effective sub-contracting arrangement.


“We have framed the tender documentation in such a way that either a specialist or generalist contractor could take the lead and submit a tender submission.”

Opportunity for local firms to get involved in castle grounds restoration works

15 June 2017

Conservation work will be undertake to the  Boatman’s Tower