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Construction is progressing well on Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust)’s new business centre in South Galson, Isle of Lewis, the trust reports.

The timber kit for the new building is now complete.

Having lost its original office building to fire in February 2019, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn awarded the building contract to contractor CalMax Construction in November 2020.

Works on the replacement building began in December 2020 and the timber kit of the building arrived on site in mid-February.  With the timber kit complete, CalMax Construction are now focusing on fitting the external cladding to the building at Tom na Ba in South Galson.  

Internal framing of the new building is also well advanced, with services being led in to different areas of the building. The Urras have a few key milestones marked, such as completion of the external building envelope by the middle of May, and installation of services throughout the structure by early July. 

The new building is similar in size to the former premises, but the layout has been remodelled, creating more flexible and open-plan accommodation than its predecessor.  It is envisaged that the building will be handed over to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn for early autumn this year.

Agnes Rennie, Chair of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, said: “We are very pleased to see the timber frame in place, it is a positive step forward and of course seeing something back on the site of the old building is encouraging for the whole community.

"We look forward to the staff team relocating to the new office in the autumn. Thanks must go to our inhouse project management team who have been working closely with our appointed design and construction teams.”


Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn staff are continuing to work from home until restrictions are eased.  For further information on the work of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, please visit its website: