IONAD HIORT - TIMELINE
2007 The St Kilda Opera is performed in 5 countries simultaneously with live satellite links to St Kilda and wins Scottish Event Of The Year Award.
2008 The St Kilda Centre concept paper is circulated by St Kilda Opera producer Malcolm Maclean
2009 Rebanks Consulting report on “World Heritage Status: Is there opportunity for economic growth?”
2009 St Kilda Centre working group established and a feasibility study and location competition is commissioned from the Jura consultancy
2010 Uig on the Isle of Lewis is selected as the host community and Ionad Hiort Ltd formed as a non-profit company and registered charity.
2010 St Kilda Centre content creation group established
2011 A Development Officer is appointed by the local authority
2011 Community Survey of all homes in Uig confirms strong support
2011 Initial Prospectus published and promotional DVD commissioned
2011 Edinburgh’s Inspace gallery hosts a new media St Kilda Exhibition
2011 Presentation to UNESCO conference on ‘Remote Access to World Heritage Sites’. The Conference Report is published in 2012
2012 St Kilda Centre Website, App and Facebook account launched
2012 St Kilda Centre event at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meetings in St Petersburg
2012 UNESCO’s World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme is launched and St Kilda Centre named as its Remote Access Case-study
2012 Uig landlord agrees to gift St Kilda Centre site to Ionad Hiort Ltd.
2012 Network of potential stakeholders is developed
2013 Bestseller writer Alexander McCall Smith volunteers support
2013 Collaboration agreed with philanthropic fundraiser
2013 Collaboration agreed with the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (owned by Historic Scotland & Digital Design Studio)
2013 St Kilda Centre added to local authority capital spending plan
2013 Regional economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise awards £80,000 research and development funding
2014 Gala dinner and celebrity auction in Uig Hall raises £14,000
2014 Research visits to visitor centres at Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands, Titanic, Bannockburn and Rosslyn Chapel.
2014 Collaboration agreed with the Scottish Seabird Centre
2014 Collaboration agreed with Glasgow School of Art’s Institute of Design Innovation on strategic planning and a programme of events.
2015 An updated feasibility study is commissioned from UNESCO’s spokesperson on World Heritage Tourism, James Rebanks.
2015 James Rebanks Report is launched at a press event in the CNES council chamber
2015 The St Kilda Centre is a key partner in An Lanntair’s successful bid to be Scotland’s Creative Place 2016.
2015 Collaboration agreed with the Scottish Association of Marine Science
2015 The St Kilda Centre secures ownership of the Centre’s cliff-top site
2015 A Contents Masterplan, Building Design Masterplan and Business
Plan are commissioned for publication in 2016 as the IH Prospectus .
2016 Project Manager appointed
2016 UNESCO Case Study Report to the World Heritage Centre
2016 GSA Research, Public Artworks and Promotional events
2016 Marketing, Social Media and PR strategy
2016 Content Masterplan, Budget, Business Plan and Prospectus text
2016 Prospectus image collation, design and print
2016 Prospectus Launch Symposium
2016 Fundraising and partnerships negotiation with key stakeholders
2016 Detailed Content and Technological research
2016 Outline Planning permission
2016 Architectural competition
2016 Project Management Plan
2017 Final Budget confirmed
2017 Procurement Strategy confirmed/ Legals confirmed
2017 Detailed Architectural Plans
2017 Full Planning permission secured
2017 Construction Tenders invited/ Construction contract agreed
2017 Content and Technology commissioned