TECHNICAL SERVICES CONSULTANCY, COUNCIL OFFICES, STORNOWAY
The brief called for tourist facilities on the Isle of Lewis, near the Carloway Broch which dates from the last century bc. Two recessed entrances are separated by dry stone walling and, at the apex of the turf roof, a dome provides light to the space below. Waterproofing entailed encasing the concrete slab, the perimeter walls and the timber roof in a polyethylene/bitumen membrane, with the walls and roof being overclad in an indented plastic layer which drains off to a large field drain. Rear walls were backfilled with a drainage layer of stones and earth; dry stone walling echoes the walls of the Broch. The building is only used in the summer. The contractor was John Murray. The contract value was £114,000.
WALES, WALES AND RAWSON
The Art Depot, in North Yorkshire, provides an art-and-design centre for Chrysalis Arts, specialist in the implementation of public art schemes. The building is the result of collaboration between Chrysalis Arts, the architect, artists and craftspeople. It comprises an office, design studio and workshop. Three walls in stone reflect the local vernacular style, the fourth is an openable glazed screen; the roof is in sheet metal and glass. The floor flows through to become exterior paving and the walled courtyard forms an extension to the interior. The Art Depot will act as a centre for training artists and other design professionals in commissioning, making and integrating art into the public realm. The structural engineer was Goodfellow Constructing; building design artist was Kate Maddison; Chrysalis Arts was the main contractor. The contract sum was £112,680.