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

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