Albert Building was constructed in 1907 and listed in 1986 and has been a prominent landmark on the harbourside within the conservation area of Lerwick since then. Lerwick Port Authority oversee the day-to-day running of the harbour from the building.

The building is B listed; therefore, we tried to minimise intervention with the external envelope to retain the existing character. The refurbishment involved the conversion of the existing retail space into an admin hub and reception area. It created a vibrant modern image for the interior of the LPA’s new offices that both reflected the maritime nature of the business and projected a confident, modern image to potential clients.

The main feature of this area is the curved, timber lined, wall which contains the main archive space and defines the reception area. Lined with large board oak flooring (also expressed on the floor and ceiling) the curve allows the admin space to open out from the reception area. The nautical feel of the interior fit out is enhanced by ship’s portholes which we converted to light fittings. The structural columns have been clad in oak veneer, with hemp rope binding at the base, reminiscent of ship’s masts. To the rear of the admin area we have a glazed office, more archive space and staff facilities.

The first floor fit out created more office space for Port Control and the Harbourmaster staff.