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Anderson Bell + Christie's Hebridean community hall opens doors

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[FIRST LOOK + DATA] Anderson Bell + Christie’s newly-opened community centre and bunk house has won a Civic Trust Award

Designed by the Glasgow-based practice, the development on the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides, includes a multi-purpose hall, café, nursery, offices, gallery and a bunk house.

The centre is arranged around a flexible hall or living room’ that contains a fire, casual seating, kitchen servery, and a small library, acts as a reception for the community with visitor information, as well as an exhibition space for local artists.

The neighbouring bunkhouse, which is set back from the street and clad with timber panelling, contains hostel accommodation for 14 people, in two dormitories and a twin room, a public laundry, shower facilities, and a communal living room.

To reduce transport costs to the building’s remote location materials were locally sourced and the glulam frame and timber kit panels were constructed off-site.

Project data

Start on site May 2011
Date of completion July 2012
Grosss internal floor area 510m² for the community centre, 172m² for the bunk house
Total cost £1.7million
Form of contract Traditional
Client Development Coll
Architect Anderson Bell + Christie
Structural engineer Charles Scott & Partners
M&E engineer Charles Scott & Partners
Quantity surveyor Morham & Brotchie
Main contractor TSL Contractors

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