Isle of Iona Architects

Who is Roots Design Workshop…

Roots Design Workshop is an award-winning, professionally accredited, architectural practice. We specialise in contemporary sustainable designs of traditional rural buildings. We formed in 2009 and our aim has been to make our services available to the isolated and under-served communities in rural Scotland.

 

The services Roots Design Workshop provide on the Isle of Iona…

We offer professional architectural services for projects on the Isle of Iona. We have experience of working on restorations, alterations, renovations, extensions, and new builds. Our Clients range from private individuals to national public bodies. We can provide services for all project stages and we can deliver…

  • Feasibility studies
  • Planning permissions
  • Building warrants
  • Technical specification packages
  • Project management of building work on site

 

How Roots Design Workshop work…

It may be an obvious thing to say, but it is worth saying, that we put our Client’s first. We believe we are here to help our Client’s fulfill their ambitions for their projects. We put a good Client relationship at the forefront of all our projects. A big part of what we do is listen to the Client’s needs so we can understand them and ultimately deliver them as best we can. We avoid unnecessary professional jargon, and aim to be as approachable and accessible as possible.

We also embark on regular tours of remote and isolated rural places in our mobile office, the Archivan. These tours allow us to learn about the places we visit at first hand so we are constantly building up our knowledge. We regularly host drop-in workshops on these tours where people can approach us for free, no obligation design advice on any building project they might have.

 

Roots Design Workshop’s experiences on the Isle of Iona…

The Team had been visiting Iona well before the practice was formed. Iona was one of the first places Chris went to see after moving to Scotland.  Micheal has enjoyed comparing it’s landscape, people, buildings and history to those on the nearby Isle of Tiree, where he grew up.

Our first professional visit to the island was as a result of a Client responding to an advert we had placed in the ‘Round and About’. In an hour we walked part of the processional way to the Abbey, conducted a site visit in the rain, had tea and cake with our Clients, and rushed to catch the last ferry; a true snapshot of what it is like to work as an architect in a rural place. It was enough to make us want to come back again and again though.

 

What Roots Design Workshop has learnt about the Isle of Iona…

Quite simply that it is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric places in Scotland!  We understand that while Iona maybe a long way and two ferry trips from the mainland, it was once the centre of a community stretching from the Outer Hebrides to Ireland.

Though remodelled and rebuilt, the c13th Benedictine Abbey remains an inspiring place to visit. But the planned c19th coastal township of Baile Mor is just as charming.

On many occasions our work has brought us to the island to attend local community meetings. We have always been impressed with the passion and dedication exhibited by people at these events, and their enthusiasm to see their community flourish.

 

Roots Design Workshop’s work as a rural architecture practice on the Isle of Iona…

Two of our most important projects to date have been on Iona.  These are…

  • A new-build terrace of 5 affordable houses at The Glebe Field, for the Iona Housing Partnership, and,
  • A new-build public Shelter in Baile Mor, for the National Trust for Scotland

Both these projects are in close proximity to the Abbey, and so we have developed an understanding about building in such a sensitive location. Our designs therefore utilise traditional forms and materials, and are of a complementary scale and architectural expression to their surroundings.

 

Why choose Roots Design Workshop?…

We are a personal and friendly architecture practice. We endeavour to make the experience of a building project as enjoyable and stress-free for our Clients as possible. Achieving this is in part to our ability to offer a complete and integrated design and project management service from the start to the finish of a project.

We go to great lengths to understand the places where we work, and to remain at the forefront of developments in the industry. All in order that we can deliver buildings that meet modern standards of living and performance while respecting the surrounding landscape and the island’s built heritage.

But please don’t just take our word for it, see what others have said about us.

 

Useful resources…

Starting out on a building project can be daunting. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland website has a number of services available to the public that you might find useful, whether you are considering your first or your latest building project.

 

Become a Client…

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a project you would like to discuss.

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