Roots appointed to design new affordable housing on Iona

, Subject : Design

The Glebe Field SiteRoots Design Workshop are delighted to announce that they have been appointed to design and deliver an affordable housing scheme on the Isle of Iona.

The Iona Housing Partnership (IHP), a local community organisation, recently purchased an area of land called ‘the Glebe Field’, on the edge of Baile Mor, as shown opposite*. Their ambition is to develop the site to address the shortage of affordable housing for people who want to live on the island year-round. IHP have appointed Roots to design up to 5 affordable houses for this site and to deliver them through to Project Completion.

Roots Director Micheal said, ‘Having worked with a number of remote communities over the last few years, we are acutely aware of the importance of affordable housing for local people in places like Iona.  These houses can be the difference between young people or families staying on the island, with all the positive knock-on effects this has for the fabric of a community, rather than leaving to the mainland.  We admire IHP for facing these issues head-on and for their determination to deliver a high-quality project with meaningful benefits. We look forwards immensely to working with IHP and the people of Iona on this challenging project.’

Roots Director Chris added that, ‘Iona is a special place.  Everyone knows about the processional route to the Abbey but there are lots of other interesting architectural features across the island, from the terrace which overlooks the Ross of Mull, to the agricultural clusters away from the main settlement. We are excited about better understanding what the key features of traditional design are on Iona and how we can offer a contemporary interpretation which is fitting to this unique setting.’

A ‘buy-a-brick’ campaign has been set-up to help fund the project. If you would like to contribute a donation please visit:, for further details (external site).

*Aerial photo from RCAHMS.

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