Facilities for children, adults and the elderly are provided in the building,
which was the winner of a national architectural competition. The centre
has been designed with people with disabilities in mind.
Space is provided for hospitality, meetings, ecumenical gatherings, study,
and social activities. It is a meeting place for congregation and community.
There is also a visitor centre for the many people who come to Orkney for
short or long stays. This features a multi-lingual audio-visual presentation
of the story of St Magnus and the Cathedral, and also promotes the work of
the Society of Friends of St Magnus Cathedral.
There is a study-library, incorporating an image in stained-glass from the contemporary Cathedral west window. The study library is equipped with resources for young people and adults involved in leading worship and in theological study. It also has a section of books about Orkney and Norway.
Equipment available for use within rooms includes white boards or pin boards. An overhead projector, television with video recorder and flip charts can be supplied. The Friends Room has a large wall mounted screen which can be linked to a laptop computer - ideal for presentations! There is an induction loop and P.A. system in the main hall which caters for the hard of hearing Most of the rooms are equipped with blinds to enable the showing of slides or presentations.
Picture rails are installed so that photography, paintings or other artwork can be presented easily. Various seating arrangements can be catered for and fold-away tables are available.
The main hall floor area is marked out for badminton and is suitable for other sports such as volley ball. Seating and table arrangements within the main hall can easily cater for events such as coffee mornings, whist drives etc. When booking the main hall, kitchen facilities are included in the price.
Above the kitchen is a gallery which can be opened to overlook the main hall. This is an ideal area for musical sessions or band practice as well as offering all the facilities of a meeting room.