Town Hall Refurbishment in Full Flow
2nd May 2006
The building enabling work for Caithness Horizons has begun, with the contract for the first phase of work being awarded by Highland Council to local firm MM Miller (Wick) Ltd.
Caithness Horizons has held its first annual general meeting and is delighted to announce that directors Paul Cariss, the company's chairman, and Tina Wrighton of UKAEA have both been co-opted back onto the board.
Paul Cariss said: "I am proud to be part of this project and as work begins on the building the feeling within the team is one of great excitement, after almost five years of hard work and dedication. The new facility, which is due to open in spring 2008, will bring many benefits to the area, not just during the construction phase but for the long-term future of the local community."
The cataloguing of artefacts from Thurso Museum and the Town Hall is well underway and the project working group are making plans for the structural work to commence.
Work on the building will be ongoing throughout the coming months, with crucial design work and surveys being carried out. The main construction work is scheduled to commence towards the end of the summer.
John Thurso MP, Honorary Patron, said: "I am delighted that the enabling work has now begun and that a local firm has been awarded the contract. Caithness Horizons have done an excellent job in securing the funding and I looking forward to the
projects completion in 2008."
Pictured is Jeanette Farquhar who is assisting Alan McIvor of Thurso Heritage Society with the cataloguing at the Forss store. Jeanette's pictured with the bust of Robert Dick, the modest baker who resided in Thurso but became known throughout the country for being self taught in botany, geology and various other subjects. (Photo By Alan McIvor)
Information regarding the building refurbishment and the project's progress will be regularly updated on the Caithness Horizons website at: caithnesshorizons.co.uk
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