About Mainland Scotland
There is a strong connection between the Hebridean islands and the mainland of Scotland. This is particularly true in Oban, the port which services the islands, and Glasgow, where a major airport connects the Central Belt to several islands in less than an hour's journey. If you were to take a walk along Argyle Street in Glasgow the cultural connection becomes apparent in the pubs that regularly host sessions of traditional musicians from the islands where the diaspora gather for a social in the big city.
It is common for islanders to regularly travel back to the mainland and use second residencies in the Central Belt especially if they have children who have left to attend university. Similarly many of our clients live on the mainland and stay in holiday homes in the islands. It is important to us that Roots continues to operate in both locations to best serve these groups.
Roots have a second office located close to Charing Cross in Glasgow and this has enabled our team to work in the Central Belt as easily as we can in the islands. Our team travel to and from the islands as and when required on projects and this enables us to retain a very talented team of designers that enjoy working on high quality architecture in remarkable rural locations.
The Roots team are predominantly made up of graduates of Architecture from the University of Strathclyde. We have each studied in Glasgow for a minimum of 5 years, lived and worked there in our professional careers. In that time we have learned about the city's qualities through the various projects we have designed there over the years.
Roots Projects on Mainland Scotland
Tenement housing is a much-loved traditional housing typology in Glasgow; the sandstone facades, tall bay windows and shared closes are synonymous with the city. We were thrilled to work on the renovation of a traditional tenement flat in the Broomhill area of Glasgow. This project was focused on upgrading and insulating internal spaces whilst maintaining the period features.
Two of our live-build projects through our construction school Tog Studio have been based on the mainland. The first was the Sitooterie, garden pavilion in Edinburgh that we partially pre-fabricated at the MAKLab in Glasgow and constructed in collaboration with service users at the Salvation Army's Ashbrook Lifehouse in Edinburgh.
Our second live-build project on the mainland was The Kettle; an outdoor cafe/kiosk for within the Dunollie Estate in Oban. This project was awarded 'Best Small Project' at the 2015 Glasgow Institute of Architects annual awards for industry excellence. We learned a lot from this experience and discovered just how much easier it is to run a construction school where tools and materials are readily available!