• Aerial view of the new Balfour Hospital in Orkney - image by Colin Keldie

Current Developments

Orkney has seen a significant increase in major new projects and buildings over recent years.

A new Kirkwall Grammar School, Halls of Residence for island-based school pupils and a brand-new swimming pool at the Pickaquoy Centre have all added to the education and leisure facilities in the islands. More recently, two major building projects have been carried out.

In Kirkwall, The Balfour hospital is the result of a £64m investment in healthcare services to serve the local population. NHS Orkney's new state-of-the-art home brings Orkney's healthcare into the 21st century. It officially opened in June 2019. Find out more from the NHS Orkney website.

In Stromness, the first stage of work on the multi-million pound Orkney Research and Innovation Campus is complete . The project will eventually create a new home for Orkney’s wide range of energy expertise and cement our reputation as islands of innovation in the renewable energy sector. Heriot-Watt University's Orkney campus, the International Centre for Island Technology, has already moved into the new premises.

Work on the new 3.75-acre campus involves the refurbishment, modernisation and extension of the Old Academy and former Stromness Primary School buildings, as well as improvements to roads, paths and landscaping in the area.

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