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Construction of Tiree’s Community Boathouse Complete

noustThe final phase of the Noust, Tiree’s community boathouse, was opened in Scarinish on 14th June 2014.This marked the end of a two-year project by Tiree Maritime Trust and Tog Studio, who have worked together to deliver this special building in a unique way.

The first phase of the building was completed last summer and has become a hub for sailing and boat maintenance on the island; the Daisy and Morag Anne were restored during the popular ‘Noust Nights’. The finished building – which is 16m long and 6m wide – is large enough to store up to five traditional dipping lug sail boats and promises to allow even bigger and better work to take place. Sandy MacIntosh, explained “This project is just the start of what the Maritime Trust hope to do. We want to use the building as a place to restore our fleet of clinker-built dipping lugs and to teach young people on the island about sailing.”

The second phase of the boathouse was built during a week-long ‘summer school’ in June 2014. This event was mostly attended by architects and architecture students who wanted to learn practical construction skills. Participants came from all over the UK (and as far as New York) to build structural frames, attach cladding and make doors. This involved learning a mixture of traditional woodworking skills alongside more unusual activities. Tog Studio, were responsible for the design and running the opening event.

Having successfully finished the build Lynne Cox commented “We were very pleased with the quality of the finished building and the experience which the participants took away from the island. Many were visiting Tiree for the first time and all commented on how welcome they had been made to feel by the community. The highlight was probably dancing an Orcadian Strip the Willow down the length of the finished building at the opening party!”

The Noust was generously funded by Tiree Windfall Fund with support from the Glasgow Institute of Architects and a number of Architecture and Engineering Departments from Scottish Universities.

Details of future ‘Noust Nights’ will follow in An Tirisdeach.

Michael Holliday

Tiree Boathouse Shortlisted For GIA Design award

boathouseTiree Maritime Trust’s new boathouse ‘The Noust’ has been short-listed for a prestigious GIA Design Award run by the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The Noust provides an invaluable building for the Maritime Trust to maintain Tiree’s traditional dipping lug sail boats.

Tiree Maritime Trust would like to say a very big thank you to all who helped with the boathouse build: TOG Studio team and students, Andrew Montgomery and Argyll Estates, Iain Mackinnon Haulage, Lachie Brown, Nancy MacKechnie, the commercial sponsors (Russwood, MAKLab, Marley Eternit, Spax, Coburn, Hilti, James Latham, GAGael), the many people who have made donations to the Maritime Trust since its formation in 2005, and of course the Windfall Fund.

The opening of ‘The Noust’ is just the beginning… volunteers will be working on the lug boats over the winter, with the hope of sailing them regularly next spring, then in June 2014 the second half of the boathouse will be built as an architecture live build project with Tog Studio.

Tiree Maritime Trust are always looking for support so if you are interested in the work of Tiree Maritime Trust or would like to become actively involved please get in touch via our website www.tireemaritimetrust.org.uk.