Taigh Chearsabagh Arts Centre

This extension to a popular arts centre provides a new artists’ studio in an inspiring Hebridean seaside location in Lochmaddy, North Uist. King Shaw Associates were appointed to provide combined engineering services for the project.

Extending the existing building meant the foundations had to be set on the beach; open to high water level and possible storm surge from the exposed north facing sea inlet. King Shaw Associates responded by constructing a robust reinforced concrete substructure protected by the extended beach defensive wall. This structure supports a cantilevering balcony to enable visitors to enjoy the fantastic views.

The superstructure is a lightweight stiff steel portal frame designed to deal with the weather experienced by this exposed site with a cladding system formed in deep timber members to provide depth for the thick insulation layer acting as a warm enveloping coat.

Working with the Architects an optimum services strategy was developed balancing the thick insulated walls with the potential of maximizing the opportunity of allowing in north facing natural light to best advantage for its intended use as an artistic studio.

Client: Lochmaddy Arts Trust
Value: £400,000
Architect: Locate Architects