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Back in March of this year we announced that we were delighted to be sponsoring the Tog 2013 project to build a boatshed for the Maritime Boat Trust (read the article here).

After a few months of discussions with the Tog project team about the properties of timber, recommended detailing, maintenance and fittings, 600lm of Siberian Larch cladding was delivered to site in May ready for transportation to Tiree.

After the pre-fabrication of a MAKLab ply-portal frame by GalGael in Glasgow, the dramatic curved structure (which is meant to conjure up images of an upturned boat) was delivered to Tiree last week, and a team of volunteers, ranging from students of architecture and engineering through to experienced architects (and our very own Alaister Jeffrey, who is going to be assisting with the cladding installation) arrived on site to commence the ambitious week long build.

Work began on 21st June, and a photo diary on the Maritime Boat Trust’s website shows the remarkable progress made already.  The concrete slabs have been laid,  power connected, four frames erected and roof almost complete…which hopefully means that the team is on track to fit the cladding at the end of this week.   The boathouse will then be ready to house the renovated Tiree Dipping Lugs.

We wish the team in Tiree all the best for the final days of the build, and we look forward to seeing photos of the completed build next week…watch this space.