Baile Mor Shelter

  • Public
  • Isle of Iona
  • Sep 12 - Ongoing

The National Trust for Scotland has appointed Roots Design Workshop to conceive designs for a public shelter for visitors to the Isle of Iona.

The Shelter is to be on the site of the old Fire Station in the coastal township of Baile Mor.  The existing building is to be downtaken and replaced with a new structure that will provide a welcoming sheltered facility for those passengers using the passenger ferry at the adjcent pier.

The new building will take a lead the footprint, positioning, scale, orientation, form and materiality of the existing building, respecting the front line of the building terrace and its eaves and ridge levels. This will create a degree of continuity with the existing building, and maintain the ‘residential’ typology of the buildings in the cluster. The north (pier facing) gable contains a glazed screen with two glazed doors that will provide views to the pier and serve as the sole point of access. Internally, the space will be be open to the roof, with fixed seating for 40 people.

The Team are looking forward to helping to deliver a building that will provide a valuable facility for island visitors.


Project Team

Client:  The National Trust for Scotland
Structural Engineer:  John Peden Associates
Quantity Surveyor:  Morham & Brotchie (Oban)
CDMC:  Morham & Brotchie (Oban)


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Roots Design Workshop is a professionally accredited architectural practice. We specialise in contemporary designs of traditional rural buildings. We have particular expertise in sustainable, energy efficient solutions. We offer architectural design and project management services.  We have experience of working on restorations, alterations, extensions and new builds.  Our Clients range from private individuals to public national bodies.  We work on feasibility studies, planning permissions, building warrants, technical specification packages and can manage building work on site.

Our aim has been to make our services available to the isolated and under-served communities in rural Scotland.

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Baile Mor Shelter, by Roots Design Workshop