Successful Tiree Business Centre Presentation

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Tiree Business Centre Development Project ExhibitionRoots were delighted to present a number of design options for the Crossapol Business Centre at a recent open day at An Talla, Tiree. Tiree Community Business (TCB) commissioned the practice to investigate different ways that the existing building could be renovated or extended to provide alternative facilities for the community to use as part of a Big Lottery Funding Application.

Roots Director Chris commented: ‘We deliberately proposed three quite different design options to show the public what was possible. So Option One was meant to be as small and economical as possible, where we really just extruded the shape of the existing gable to provide more space. Option Two was larger, though still value-for-money, providing all the required spaces within a simple, flexible, new building adjacent to the existing. The shape of this new building follows that of the existing to create a complementary cluster of forms, though a clear distinction was made between new and old by turning the new around by ninety-degrees and separating the extension from the main building by a glass link. Option Three by comparison was far more extravagant and was driven by the prevailing winds and sun-path more than the layout of the existing building. This included a strong wall which created a sheltered courtyard and a saw-tooth roof which was optimised for solar panel use.’

Roots and TCB were impressed by how many people came to the event and by the level of debate which went on. Micheal commented: ‘You never really know how many people will come to events like this and whether they’ll engage with the material presented but we were really pleased by how many people came and got stuck into the floor plans, physical models and fly-through animations.’

The fly-through animation, showing the three different design options in succession can be seen at:

Feedback from this exhibition is being consolidated by TCB as the project moves through the Lottery funding process.

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