Suspension of Major Construction Projects Continues

Following the issue of guidance by the Scottish Government on 1 May 2020 specifically referring to the construction sector, the Comhairle and HHP would wish to confirm that construction activity associated with the Lochmaddy Pier, the Stornoway Primary School, the Lewis Residential Care (Goathill Development) and the Goathill Affordable Housing projects continues to be suspended.

Scottish Government has confirmed that the guidance, originally issued at the beginning of April, remains in place until further notice.  Accordingly, the works at the above projects, which are currently not categorised as “essential” under the prevailing circumstances, remain suspended on the same basis.

Measures have been put in place by the respective Contractors to ensure the sites continue to remain safe and secure for the duration of the suspension.

In the meantime, the Comhairle and HHP continue to plan with Contractors and other partners for a site restart once restrictions are lifted sufficiently to allow this to happen. Both organisations will seek to commence works as quickly as possible thereafter but only when they are satisfied that it is safe to do so and that suitable precautions are in place.