Construction

Orkney's construction industry remains in good health, with major building projects and a demand for new housing driving the sector.

Housebuilding in Orkney

Housebuilding in Orkney

Construction work on a new housing development

Construction work on a new housing development

A new housing development

A new housing development

Early construction stages on a new house build

Early construction stages on a new house build

Excavation work on Orkney

Excavation work on Orkney

New housing developments in Kirkwall

New housing developments in Kirkwall

New council housing at Peerie Sea Loan in Kirkwall

New council housing at Peerie Sea Loan in Kirkwall

A 60 tonne crane about to start work

A 60 tonne crane about to start work

The Orkney Association of the Scottish Building Federation represents many of the county’s construction firms, with more than 16 members operating throughout the islands. Many are experts in specialist trade skills. The federation’s benefits include advice on day-to-day operations and best practice, support services and representation. All members are committed to health and safety, skills and integrity and the delivery of the highest standards, professionalism and performance.

Orkney Construction Training Group aims to meet the training needs of its members working in the local building industry. Training course topics include health and safety, apprenticeships and managements skills. Courses are held in Orkney after training needs are identified by firms and their employees.

Orkney College, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, runs nationally accredited skills training courses for apprentices of the building trade, such as carpentry, joinery and bricklaying. The college also offers courses in traditional building skills.