The shortlisted practices will look primarily at how to rework the public space around the waterfront site and have been asked to draw up concepts designs which will ‘make a significant addition to the rich architectural fabric of Stromness’.
Speaking about making the final three, Reiach and Hall’s Neil Gillespie said: 'We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the pierhead redevelopment; we have been holding our breath in hope for months! Stromness has become very dear to us.'
He added: ‘The project, if handled with respect and sensitivity, could contribute greatly to what is already a magical place.’
The designs will go on public display in July and a winner is expected to be announced shortly after.