• 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 redevelopment project is complete . The project will modernise existing campus buildings and create a new and improved home for Orkney’s wide range of energy and sustainability expertise, and cement our reputation as islands of innovation in the low carbon, renewable energy and marine sectors. Heriot-Watt University's Orkney campus, the International Centre for Island Technology, Robert Gordon University and Solo Energy have relocated to the newly renovated former Stromness Primary School building.

Work on the 3.75-acre campus project is ongoing, including the refurbishment, modernisation and extension of the former Old Academy building, home of the European Marine Energy Centre, environmental services and products provider Aquatera and SULA Diving. A number of improvements to roads, paths and landscaping in the area have also been carried out.