The Embo Trust (Urras Euraboil) are delighted to announce that after many years of fundraising, and months of construction work they have been handed the keys to ‘The Old School Embo’ – their new purpose-built community facility.
Embo Primary School, situated in the heart of the village overlooking the sea, closed its doors to pupils in 1982. It had been used as a community centre until 2008 but had fallen in to a state of disrepair and has been lying empty since then. In 2012, Highland Council transferred ownership to the Embo Trust for the nominal sum of £100 on the condition that it be used by the community. Following this the Trust consulted with local people to find out what their vision was for the vacant building.
Overwhelmingly it was felt that the close-knit community needed a place where locals could meet up and socialise but also welcome the many visitors that flock to Embo each year. The new hub, which was designed by Tain based practice Blueprint Architecture will house the Embo Community Grocers and Post Office, a café, meeting room, and a community hall which can be hired out for events, weddings, and other activities.
Morrison Construction started working on site in March this year and on the 12th November, they handed over the keys of the building to the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust who have project managed the redevelopment of the building on behalf of The Embo Trust.
Trust chairman and councillor for East Sutherland and Edderton, Jim McGillivray, said “On behalf of The Embo Trust, I express heartfelt thanks to all those involved in the refurbishment of the old Embo Primary School into a beautiful Community Hub. It is very important to note the contribution of the volunteers who have manned the Community Shop for the last 4 ½ years, to those who supported the shop and the various fundraising events which earned the match-funding money to put in the project pot, to the many heroes who have kept the dream alive over the last 35 years, to our Design Team of Blueprint Architecture and Torrance Partnership and the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust who have delivered the project on time and under-budget, and to Morrison Construction and their sub-contractors who have done such a marvellous job in turning the dream into stunning reality.”
The Old School Embo will officially open to the public with an ‘open afternoon’ on Saturday the 1st December 2018. People are invited to come and explore the new building from 12.30 – 3.30pm.