2013 Boathouse

Tog 2013 delivered ‘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 Trust own several clinker-built dipping lugs but were without dedicated storage facilities.

It was important that the project didn’t just look like a big shed but rather a boathouse from the Isle of Tiree.  The primary design move to achieve this is the curved frame and ridge; externally this references the traditional Tiree black-top roof whilst internally the structure was imagined as an upturned boat.

The design featured a ply box portal frame, prefabricated by MAKLab and formed into component parts at GalGael, using external-grade plywood supplied by James Latham and fixed to a ground-bearing concrete slab using Hilti anchors.  The structure was then assembled in one week by a team of architecture and engineering students, from every university school in Scotland, who wanted to gain practical hands-on experience.  Larch cladding, supplied by Russwood, was fixed to the walls and Marley Eternit Profiled 6 sheeting to the roof.  Both were installed with expert on-site assistance from Russwood and Marley Eternit respectively.  Stainless steel fixings, supplied by Spax, and sliding shutter ironmongery, supplied by Coburn, 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 film of the event can be seen here.


Tiree Community Windfall Fund

Marley Eternit
James Latham
Dickies PPE


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 Neil Boyd and Scott Simpson.

Date: January 13, 2013