A Project Manager is being sought to progress the detail of a comprehensive project plan required to build a major new visitor attraction.

In a tender briefing document released today (Wednesday May 1) by the Iolaire Centre Working Group, it says the successfully appointed Project Manager will lead on delivering the vision, design, business plan, fundraising strategy and implementation plan for the Iolaire Centre in Stornoway. 

The Iolaire Centre will recognise and commemorate those lost and those who survived the disaster on January 1, 1919, and it will seek to look to the future, creating a visitor experience in the centre that brings visitors from over the UK and the diaspora from the wider world.

A total secure budget for the delivery of the scope of works has been set at £50,000, obtained through funding support from Gael Force Group and HIE. Submissions are invited for the delivery of specific outputs and milestones and are expected to be in the region of £30,000.  The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday 24th May.

Chairperson of the Iolaire Centre Working Group Stewart Graham said: “We are seeking bids from individuals or firms who not only have the experience and competency to deliver on the brief but who share the passion and enthusiasm to deliver on our ambitious vision for a world class Iolaire Centre.”

“We continue to show our gratitude to the public for sharing their enormous support and valuable feedback on the project vision thus far and look forward to keeping the public abreast of developments as they occur. We will use, among other media, the Iolaire Centre Working Group Facebook Page to do this.”

The Iolaire Centre will be an opportunity to attract visitors throughout the island and create a meaningful catalyst for Stornoway’s wider vision to regenerate the town and its waterfront, and be an integral part of the Harbour Development plan which will stimulate and sustain the island economy for the long term.

The vision for this world class facility is to be one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions which will drive economic growth through telling the powerful story of the Iolaire tragedy. In sensitively telling that story it will seek to look back and commemorate but also to look forward with positivity and shape the Islands future. The centre will seek to merge the promotion of Gaelic and Hebridean Culture, Maritime History and promote Hebridean Produce.

Parties interested in submitting bids for the Project Manager role should contact Julie Hardie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the tender briefing document.

For further information on the Iolaire Centre, please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnIolaire/ or visit www.iolaire.org (website under construction)

A copy of the Iolaire Centre Project Overview document can be viewed online here. https://iolairecentre.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/the-iolaire-centre-project-overview.pdf

Photograph: Concept image for the vision of the Iolaire Centre by Threesixty Architecture