An Iodhlann, Tiree Museum & Archive

Location: Scarinish, Isle of Tiree

Clients: An Iodhlann

Type: Renovation of Public Museum

Status: Completed Summer 2015


Contractor: Bernard D. Smith Builders

Photography: Sebb Hathaway

Roots were appointed to assist with the renovation of An Iodhlann, the Historical Centre on the Isle of Tiree.

The existing building was built in 1886 from a timber frame clad in corrugated iron. Since then it has functioned as a waiting room for the Tiree mail steamer, a library, a dentist’s surgery and a polling station. In 1997 it was bought and renovated by the Tiree and Coll Gaelic Partnership to house the community archive, historical centre and museum and this how it has remained today.

Our Clients, the An Iodhlann Committee, wanted to upgrade storage solutions in the interior, replace rotten wooden elements on the exterior and improve access to the building for less able-bodied visitors and those arriving by car.  

We designed a new ramp, steps and handrail to improve the entrance whilst complementing the overall style of the building.  Rotten plywood fascia boards were removed and replaced with a more durable black stained larch.  Single glazed windows were replaced with double glazed units with transoms and mullions that matched the original windows. 

Roots assisted the project management team by producing a detailed specification of the works. This specification involved a  detailed investigation into appropriate products and services that would then allow the works to be Tendered for and progress forthwith.

Roots were delighted to assist in extending the life and accessibility of this charming and culturally important building.