Drawings show St Kilda Centre plans

After a number of months of work, architects and designers Dualchas, of Skye and Glasgow, and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Oslo, have made public images of their designs from their collaboration on the St Kilda Centre – Ionad Hiort – at Mangersta.

The practices won the Architectural Masterplan competition earlier in the year and the project is RRA’s first in the UK. The project has a spectacular cliff-top site on west coast of Lewis with views to St Kilda, more than 50 miles away on the horizon.

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Milestone in Gaelic education on Isles

Breasclete school celebrates 30 years since the first Gaelic Medium education unit opened in the Western Isles.

Representatives from the Education and Children’s Services Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar met today (Thursday) at Breasclete School to mark the start of Gaelic Medium Education thirty years ago in Western Isles schools. 

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Shuttle bus plans for oil rig refloat

A shuttle bus is being laid on for members of the public wishing to see the proposed refloating of the oil rig at Dalmore later this evening. 

The refloat of the Transocean Winner is planned for around 10.30pm to coincide with the evening rising tide.

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Oil rig refloat - latest update

The multi-agency Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group met at 10am this morning to discuss the public safety plan for the re-float of the Transocean Winner rig in the run up to, and immediately after, the high water this evening.

A spokesperson for WIEPCG said: "We completely understand that people will want to see this happen tonight. All we ask is that they do it safely and within the limits that we’re putting in place. This is a complex operation and we would advise the public that the re-floating of the rig may actually take place later in the evening by which time it will be dark.

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Oil rig successfully refloated

The Transocean Winner oil rig is on its way to Broadbay, after a successful refloat late last night. 

Taking advantage of a high tide, salvage experts managed to stabilise the rig so she could be towed away from the shoreline by two tugs - 'Union Bear' and 'Union Princess'.

Around 100 members of the public gathered to watch the refloating process, with a special shuttle bus laid on by the local council.

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Oil rig should be broken up at Arnish

The oil rig at Dalmore should be towed to Arnish and broken up there, it has been suggested.

Around 100 people attended a public meeting in Carloway Community Centre last night, to hear the latest update on plans for the removal of the stricken Transocean Winner.

Reports that the rig could be refloated this weekend were dashed, as experts stated that any effort to shift the installation could take much longer – possibly even weeks.

And it was more bad news for local fishermen, as it was confirmed that an existing 300-metre exclusion zone will be EXTENDED when the time comes to tow the rig away.

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