Stromness Town Centre Regeneration

Stromness Town Centre Regeneration

Visitors and shoppers on a street in Stromness

Heritage Grants

Stromness, Scotland
Orkney Islands Council
£1465000
The project won first place in its category - Town Centre Regeneration – at the 2013 Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration
"These outputs have enhanced the environment for the community and visitors, contributing to towards the long term economic sustainability of the town."
Orkney Islands Council carried out an extensive programme of work to preserve and enhance the unique character of the area, helping to promote economic growth through investment in the built heritage.

Historically, Stromness was the principal sea gateway to Orkney and is now an important tourism centre.  The Town Centre Conservation Area is considered one of the most outstanding in the UK, but the town’s declining and ageing population and the high cost of construction meant residents were struggling to maintain the buildings.

Through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, historic buildings were sensitively repaired; lost features reinstated and vacant floor-space was brought back into use. Replacing concrete paving slabs with flagstones from the original quarry helped create a more cohesive public realm. The town centre is now an attractive place for the local residents and visitors. This was part of the Council's wider vision to regenerate Stromness town centre.

Alongside this, a wide range of activities, events and training programmes helped both young people and the wider community learn about the heritage of the town and its maritime history.  Training in conservation skills has meant that local contractors will be able to tackle the restoration and maintenance of historic buildings in the future.