Shetland Islands Council

09/25/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/25/2018 06:23

New Year opening for Eric [email protected]

25 September 2018

Service users and staff at the Eric Gray Resource Centre in Lerwick are looking forward to moving to their new, state-of-the-art building, with the transfer expected for the start of the New Year.

The new £6-million-pound building is approaching completion, with the keys expected to be handed over to the Council in just over a month's time.

With completion of the project slightly later than planned, a decision has been taken to reschedule the start of the familiarisation process, to make sure that staff and service users understand the building layout and systems, and that every element of the building is fully operational before the move.

The transition will inevitably be complicated, involving some complex equipment and facilities. To help ensure that service users have the best experience possible, November and December will be used for familiarisation and safe transition.

Marjorie Williamson chair of Shetland's Integration Joint Board: 'It has been fantastic to see the progress on the building over the past two years, and I know the next few months will be an extremely busy time for staff. Service users and their families have been patiently waiting to get into their new premises, and we're hoping that this will be a particularly happy start to the New Year for them.'

Councillor Allison Duncan, Vice Chair: 'I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in this project so far. Seeing service users safely into this new building is of the utmost importance and it will be a proud day when we all celebrate the opening of the new Eric [email protected]'


The Eric [email protected] building will offer supported vocational day service provision for adults with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and complex needs. Construction work began in August 2016, with local firm DITT Construction Ltd the lead contractor for the project, that has an estimated total value of around £6 million.