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Improved welfare facilities for staff at the Shawbost Mill of Harris Tweed Hebrides are on the way, providing planning permission is granted.

The company submitted additions to their plans to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s planning department on Friday (12 March). Their application is for planning permission to complete a three-stage development leading to better bathrooms, refreshment and rest areas for all the workers at the mill.

In phase one, toilet, office and rest facilities are being relocated to the former yarn store within the old building. This allows for phase two, the demolition of the existing welfare block, creating a space for development of a new block.

The new welfare extension will be prefabricated as a modular building, made of marine-grade plastic coated steel and painted grey. It will contain men’s and women’s changing areas, showers and toilets, two offices and a large canteen area with kitchen facilities.

The building is expected to be constructed off-site by Nottingham-based modular building company A V Danzer, and delivered to the site by a team of contractors who will then complete the installation.

If planning permission is granted, the development is expected to be finished in August this year.

Pictures show architects’ drawings of the existing Shawbost Mill floor plan and of the planned new development with an external view of the new building (Harris Tweed Hebrides/MJC Inspection and Design Ltd).