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The Board of Shetland Arts Development Agency has today announced that construction on Shetland's new Music, Cinema and Education venue will start in a matter of weeks.

The announcement follows the conclusion of a range of minor land acquisition issues and the signing of the contract with DITT Construction Ltd to build Mareel.

Shetland Arts is also pleased to announce the appointment of Ewan Balfour of H James Nisbet, Lerwick as the new Project Manager acting on behalf of Shetland Arts to see the project through this final crucial stage.

Gwilym Gibbons, Director of Shetland Arts said: "I and the Mareel Project Board are delighted that building can now begin on Mareel. It has been a long journey with many twists, turns and hurdles. There will be more, but it feels like we are now very much on the home straight. I believe that our local team in form of Ewan Balfour, DITT Construction Ltd, Peter Johnson Partnership through their collaboration with Gareth Hoskins Architects and David Adamson and Partners are all ideally placed to ensure this next and final phase runs as smoothly as possible".

Shetland Arts plans to hold a small celebration on Mareel site in May to mark the beginning of this final phase of the project. Further details will follow in coming weeks.

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