Stromness is noticeably split into two sides, the main town position to the east and the ever-growing developments on the over side facing the west. Between each half a high school sits central at the peak of the unsheltered bay. The master plan introduces many new designs that will help improve Stromness immensely, particularly a sports centre, business hubs and affordable housing. These designs are predominantly situated along the shoreline to help create a visible connection between the two sides and to increase the amount of sheltered space within the town. All aspect of this proposal aims to renew the strong sense of community that is so apparent throughout the island of Orkney.
The bridge if a fundamental part of the whole master plan as it creates a direct link between both sides. Literally reconnecting the route to complete the community and providing a new direction of access round thru town. The main low road in Stromness connect to the bridge at the point where the old ferry terminal was located; on the west side the bridge join to the new road and provides access to the new ferry terminal and the proposed public sports sports centre. At each end the bridge meets a different functional space. This design aims to encourage and promote a safe, healthier method of transport and a direct route across to the other side of the town. It will also enable easy access for the exportation and importation of products and encourage the expansion and raise the tourist appeal of the island.
In order to accommodate for the continuous movement of boats through the bay one section of the bridge will open to create an entrance and help to control the flow of marine traffic. This mechanism will be one of the main focal points and will allow visitors and pedestrians to watch the boat pass through from the restaurant and the viewpoint on the walkway. Splitting diagonally the two raised halves will symbolise the sails of boats once opened and aesthetically will create a significantly stroking feature.
Surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, both offering wide variety of sea food have led the Orkney Islands to invest in the fishing sector. With a large fleet of fishing boats, frigates and trawlers summing in total of 128 in 2017 the islands have profited approximately 9 million pounds for that just for that year. Currently by law every sea vessel needs to pass two inspections every 5 years in order to have exploitation license. This check must be done on dry surface and while all the small ships/boats can just be pulled on the land anything considerably larger has to do it in a dry dock. At the moment the closest dry docks to Orkney are those in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen, forcing the fishermen and traders to waste expensive fuel on covering large such distances.
My proposal is to create a dry dock hangar in Kirkwall boosting the fishing sector and reducing the CO2 emissions caused by the great travels every 5 years. The project will offer checks to small and medium classed ships (up to 35 meters, based on the composition of the existing fleet). Enclosing the hangar will offer protection from the high-speed winds creating a safe work environment. Attached to it will be a office complex which will hold the workshops required for such business, the offices, educational zone and a bistro.
There will be 3 different workshops in the complex - educational, repairs (which will work on the docked ship) and wielding, as the last one will craft spare parts for the local oil rigs and shipping them quickly. While the 3 workshops share a common storage room and will constantly interact with each other the repairs and wielding needs to be air separated to prevent any lead ions contamination in either side. The educational zone will host lecture room and study units which will offer further development and specialisation to graduates in marine engineering. The offices zone consists of main office space, large foreman room where smaller units of workers can be briefed into tasks and a dock master room.