THERE was some very exciting news in February when it was announced that the Eigg’s community had been successful in applying for a Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund Award to the tune of £1.2 million.
The funding is to be used to redevelop the An Laimhrig centre at the pier which will see the building size doubled to help better accommodate businesses and Eigg’s community.
An Laimhrig was first built in 1998, just a year after the community buyout. With a 70% population increase and a doubling of annual visitors numbers since then, the building just cannot keep up with current demand. The redevelopment will stand the community in good stead for the decades to come.
We are planning to break ground on phase one of the project in the autumn when power supplies, sanitation and other ground works are due to begin. The hope is that the entire building will be finished by late 2022.
When finished the building will house an extended shop, with greater storage space, a larger tearoom better utilising the stunning views south to Ardnamurchan, a larger craft shop, new retail space for Eigg Adventures and improved office and meeting space for community companies and associations, interpretation and new outdoor areas.
We are working with WT Architecture for this project and they are well versed in the unique needs of rural and remote communities so it’s full steam ahead for the next instalment of what we hope will be Eigg’s continuing success story!