2014 Boathouse

Tog 2014 delivered the second phase of ‘The Noust’; a community boathouse for Tiree Maritime Trust.  The Trust are a charity formed to ensure that traditional boat-building and restoration techniques, which form an important part of Tiree’s culture and heritage, are preserved.

The first phase of this project was delivered in 2013 by a team of architecture and engineering students who wanted to learn practical skills on an ambitious construction project.  The size of the building was more than doubled when another summer school of participants, including students and practitioners from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and the USA, came to Tiree.

Participants this year included three members of staff from BRE, who attended as part of their graduate training programme.  The Tog Directors were supported by a number of Fellows from the 2013 Boathouse who came to help run the project.  This included Jo Murphy, David Wyllie, Scott Simpson and Emily Stephen.

The design featured a ply box portal frame, prefabricated by MAKLab and assembled in their new Commerce Street workshop.  These frames were made from external-grade plywood, supplied by James Latham, and Scottish timber from BSW before being fixed to a ground-bearing concrete slab using Hilti anchors.

Larch cladding, supplied by Russwood, was charred to create a dramatic black colour.  This initially creates a stark contrast between the first and second phase of the project but should ultimately accelerate the weathering-process, meaning both phases go silver at the same time.  Profile 6 sheeting from Marley Eternit is used on the roof to unite both phases.  Wall and roof cladding were installed with expert on-site assistance from Russwood and Marley Eternit respectively.  Stainless steel fixings, supplied by Spax, have been specified to cope in the harsh marine environment.  PPE equipment was supplied by Dickies.

This project was funded by the Tiree Community Windfall Fund.

A photographic library compiled by Sebb Hathaway showing his experience of visiting Tiree, taking part in the summer school and documenting the finished building can be seen here and a film can be seen here.  Sebb was a 2013 Boathouse Fellow and returned to the island as part of the Tog Team for 2014.


Tiree Community Windfall Fund
Marley Eternit
BSW Timber
James Latham
Dickies PPE
Institution of Structural Engineers


Glasgow Institute of Architects
University of Strathclyde Architecture Department
The Mackintosh School of Architecture
Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
University of Strathclyde Civil Engineering Department


This project has enjoyed winning awards and has featured in several publications and exhibitions. A full list can be seen here.

Photos by Sebb Hathaway.

Date: July 31, 2014