On behalf of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, NHS Western Isles and Hebridean Housing Partnership, thank you for taking the time to visit the Barra and Vatersay Community Campus online public exhibition. The purpose of the exhibition is to provide you with background information on the project and the developing design strategy.  We would welcome any comments you may have as these are valuable for us as we develop the design towards a full planning application in early 2021 and would be pleased to answer any questions.


Following submission of a Proposal of Application Notice to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Economic Development and Planning on 7th October 2020 (REF 20/00400/PAN) and as part of the pre-application consultation process the applicants will host a public virtual interactive consultation event in connection with the development which the public are invited to participate in.  As the outline designs start to develop, it is important that the project team take the opportunity to hear feedback from the community to help inform the next stages of design development.   

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Scottish Government guidance for major planning applications, the public consultation event will take the form of a brief online presentation from the design team on the early stage designs, and then a question and answer session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the team.  

Event 10 December 2020

To give the greatest possible range of people to have their say, a series of sessions will be held throughout the day on Thursday 10 December from 16:00 – 20:00.  You can register to the event through Eventbrite with the following link: https://bvcc-preapplication-consultation.eventbrite.co.uk 

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you at the event.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Exhibition Boards

Information on the planned development is detailed on the exhibition boards which can be downloaded from the link below.


Information on the planned development and exhibition boards are on this site showing initial proposals of the development which are available for comment until Thursday 7 January. If you cannot access the information and feedback form please contact investmentdelivery@cne-siar.gov.uk or call 01851 822656. 

Feedback form online

Complete a short feedback form so we can record your comment and views. 

Feedback form by post

Feedback form for submission by post or email.



The need for new health, learning and community facilities to replace the existing St Brendans hospital and social care housing, Castlebay Community School and Castlebay and Eoligarry Primaries will be a significant investment in public services for the Barra and Vatersay communities. The campus approach which has been adopted to deliver these services follows an extensive options appraisal exercise and engagement with key stakeholders and the local community.

The new Barra and Vatersay Community Campus will comprise early learning, primary school and secondary school facilities, social care housing, primary health centre, hospital, blue light facilities, community space and office space with associated parking, bus drop off and provision of external landscape and sports spaces in the Castlebay area of Barra on the site of the existing Castlebay Community School and land south of the A888. 

The vision is one of substantive, beneficial, long term step change that places the islands and their citizens on a path to enhanced health, wellbeing and community resilience for the 21st century.  It will be a catalyst for change, and components of this vision include:

  • Redesigned public services that reflect international best practice in how a small island community can be supported to achieve its potential
  • A campus that enables multi agency working to blur historic organisational and professional boundaries, placing the citizen at the heart of service delivery
  • Changes in how citizens engage with public services, recognising their own responsibilities, to self and the community
  • A design that reflects island tradition and heritage, and acts as a destination for both islanders and visitors

Project Strategic Objectives

The Barra and Vatersay Community Campus is about achieving improved outcomes for the community it will serve.  A series of workshops were held in the early stages of the project to clearly articulate the strategic objectives for the Community Campus.


The design strategy which has been adopted draws influence from the scale and pattern of the surrounding settlement and landscape – a campus approach should not mean the project being realised as a single large building.  It is important that the design recognises the individual parts which make up the campus to allow their sense of identity to be retained, but at the same time creating opportunities to connect spaces which can be shared between different services to improve the range of facilities available for each. 

How we deal with the roofscape of the building is an important part of making sure the design feels appropriate for its setting. By highlighting key parts of the campus which will benefit from an increased sense of space such as the art studios and learning resource centre, we can give the campus the identity of a cluster of individual roof forms rather than one single object.

The site for the campus has a very varied topography. Working with these different levels is a great opportunity to root the new campus into the landscape. By letting the campus follow these existing levels, we can add variety to the height and roofscape, and keep the scale appropriate. Considered landscaping suitable for the Hebridean climate can also help soften the edges of the new campus.

Because the sports and pool facilities are located south of the A888 to have a better connection with outdoor sports areas, treatment of the road surface and integration of traffic calming measures will be important in keeping a sense of connection between the north and south of the road.


For any questions or access to printed materials please contact investmentdelivery@cne-siar.gov.uk or call  01851 822656 for further information.