Fair Isle Lodge and Bird Observatory
A purpose built building was opened on October 17th 1969, which served for forty years until, nearing the end of its useful life, it was demolished in 2009. A replacement building on the same site, although not completely finished due to the collapse shortly before of the main contractor, A. Wilson. Orkney. was officially opened and welcomed its first guests on the weekend of 19th/20th June 2010.
The new building, costing £4 Million, was originally scheduled for completion by the end of 2009, but successive delays culminating the the main contractor going out of business meant the Warden's accomodation and sundry "finishing touches" were still to be completed when the new building opened. The collapse of the main contractor has also had a wider impact in Fair Isle as numerous residents who had provided sub-contract services in connection with the project, such as accomodation etc, still remain to be paid.
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