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Commercial Properties in Orkney

For a small place, Orkney still has plenty of space for commercial opportunities. Both Kirkwall and Stromness have designated industrial areas with food parks and quayside facilities. There are also two designated enterprise areas too, set-up to stimulate opportunities.

If you are looking to start up a business in Orkney, the local Islands Council regularly has commercial property for sale and lease.

You can also find existing businesses and commercial property for sale through local estate agents - you can find links to companies on the right hand side of this page.

Renewables Enterprise Areas

Orkney's enterprise area at Hatston in Kirkwall
Orkney's enterprise area at Hatston in Kirkwall

Both Hatston in Kirkwall and Lyness in Hoy are now designated enterprise areas - identified locations set up by the Scottish Government in order to stimulate manufacturing opportunities as well as investment and job creation. In support of the development of the marine renewables sector, a number of infrastructure developments have taken place at Hatston Pier, Lyness Pier, and at Coplands Dock in Stromness. Other developments to support the renewable energy sector are also planned. You can find further information on Orkney's port infrastructure from the Orkney Harbours website.

Details of new purpose built units for the energy sector in the Hatston enterprise area can be found here.

Hatston Pier's expansion provides additional berthing and working areas for the marine renewables industry where deployment of devices requires heavy lifting equipment and substantial support vessels. The extension provides a total of 385m of quay edge with 10m draft at all tides.

An aerial view of the Hatston Pier extension work, completed in 2013
An aerial view of the Hatston Pier extension work, completed in 2013

The shoreside development provides:

  • a designated enterprise area of 10 hectares
  • an ideal service base for north of Orkney tidal energy sites
  • large areas of potential hard standing and warehousing
  • office facilities for developers and associated businesses
  • close proximity to service deployment areas
  • service industries close to developers within Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall

Lyness Pier, Hoy

Work to extend quayside facilities in Lyness, completed in 2010
Work to extend quayside facilities in Lyness, completed in 2010

Lyness Pier has been refurbished as a centre for the assembly, storage and servicing of marine renewable energy devices. Lyness is ideally located to offer an excellent base for R&D and deployment activities for these. The pier has been refaced and fendered giving 265 m of safe and sheltered mooring, and 4,000sq m of hard standing has been laid to assist with assembly and maintenance of marine renewables devices.

Future plans are to provide steel framed buidings, secure compounds and office and communication facilities as the site and the industry develop.

Pier and shoreside development provides:

  • 260m of refurbished quay edge with up to 10m at LAT
  • an ideal location for device assembly, maintenance and storage for Pentland Firth and West of Orkney
  • designated enterprise areas of 7 hectares within 22 hectares of development land
  • national logistics and support company on site

A number of companies are already making use of the excellent new facilities, and with designated zoning approved for shoreside development there is ample room for expansion as the marine renewables industry develops.