Shetland School, Shetland Islands

A landmark school project in Shetland

Shetland School, Shetland Islands: Case Study Summary

Client Location Sector Main Contractor
Hub (North Scotland) Lerwick, Shetland Islands Education Morrison Construction

Facing the unique logistical challenges of working in the Shetland Islands Sigmat designed, manufactured and installed a light gauge steel frame for a new three-storey, 100 bedroom residential block for Lerwick's new build Anderson High School. The residential block forms part of a £55.75m contract to build a new school for 1,180 pupils.

The project was testimony to the cost effective advantages of working offsite by using a lightweight load bearing steel frame which was manufactured and assembled offsite prior to a road and 12 hour ferry transportation from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

The complete superstructure included a traditional hot-rolled steel ground-to-first-floor frame, incorporating an innovative external panellised wall system, erected in conjunction with the transfer structure. The upper two floors were light gauge steel.

hub North Scotland are a driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects across the north of Scotland. The organisation led the project after being appointed by Shetland Islands Council as development partner.


bedrooms residential block


more structurally efficient lightweight steel frame


million contract value


school student places

There is a community spirit behind the build, with the relationship between the project partners and the school itself continuing to strengthen as they gain an insight into the school and accompanying accommodation. Hub North looks forward to continuing to work with the Shetland Islands Council, Morrison Construction and other key partners to deliver a first-class educational facility that will greatly enhance the modern school provision in Shetland.

Angus Macfarlane, Chief Executive of hub North Scotland

It has been a hugely collaborative project and we are tremendously proud to be playing our part in the design and build of Anderson High School and the Halls of Residence for the students, parents, staff and the wider community.

Donald Mclachlan, Regional Director for Morrison Construction

It has been very satisfying to watch these two buildings rise out of the ground and I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment from all those involved

Cecil Smith, Shetland Islands Council Depute Convener
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