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

Current Developments

Work is currently underway on two major new projects for Orkney.

Balfour Hospital - Kirkwall

2019 will see the opening of a new hospital in Kirkwall, a £64m investment in healthcare services which will serve the residents of Orkney. NHS Orkney’s new healthcare facility has already been hailed as among the world’s best at a leading award ceremony. The Balfour, as the facility will be known when it opens in Spring 2019, has won silver in the best healthcare project category at the Partnership Awards in London.​

Orkney Research and Innovation Centre

In Stromness, work is underway on a multi-million pound project to create a new home for Orkney’s wide range of energy expertise. This will cement Orkney’s reputation as islands of innovation in the renewable energy sector. 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. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the autumn of 2019.