Just over a year since a private initiative to convene a working group of stakeholders to evaluate the concept of building a world-class Visitor Centre in Stornoway based on the Iolaire tragedy, the working group has agreed that they are to go ahead with fully detailing the project with a view to building the centre. A project manager is now going to be recruited to work up the detail of the project plan and the business case and funding package required to build it.
A detailed project scoping exercise has been completed which supports the business case and the sustainability of the centre and the project summary is as set out in the Project Overview Document (available to download on this page). Substantial project funding has been committed by the Gael Force Group and matched funding and resource support has been agreed by HIE and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to fund the detailed development of the project plan through 2019.
The Iolaire Centre website along with social media support will provide members of the public the opportunity to support the project financially and also keep in touch with the project’s development. Any funds raised will not be used until such time as the building of the centre gets the final go ahead.