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Confusion reigns as RMJM takes over from Sutherland Hussey in Skye - images

RMJM, working with Capita Symonds, has taken over the regeneration of Portree, on the Isle of Skye, from Sutherland Hussey.

The international firm stepped in after a bid for National Lottery cash to fund Sutherland Hussey's project was rejected.

But there is major confusion over whether RMJM will be working on the site of the Sutherland Hussey scheme or designing a masterplan for a different part of the town.

Announcing the appointment, Capita sent out an image of the Skye harbour front with, bizarrely, some of the Sutherland Hussey scheme showing - but no new proposals. The major part of the design has clearly been cropped.

The original scheme is below and the image doctored by Capita is shown above.

RMJM insists that it is working on a different site to Sutherland Hussey's failed project but Capita is happy to announce that it has taken over the whole development.

What is certain is that Sutherland Hussey's scheme is now dead. 'The design was very controversial,' Jamie Nicolson, Capita's project manager, said. 'I think it failed because it was too ambitious.'

And the client, Andy Butler of the Portree Regeneration Partnership, also implied that he was pleased to have a more realistic approach.

He said: 'Our partnership is delighted to have secured the professional services of Capita Symonds for this project. Its Glasgow team are right behind us in our aspirations to take this major regenerative plan forward to completion.

'Capita Symonds' support undoubtedly represents a quantum leap for the scheme from the conceptual towards economic viability and future sustainability,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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