The Big Shed

      

The Big Shed is a Community owned building in Highland Perthshire, which opened in 2011. The design brief was for flexible spaces for use by individuals, groups and small businesses in the community; the project was to demonstrate the use of locally sourced and natural materials, reduce carbon emissions in both the building construction and in use, and to provide training for contractors and volunteers involved in the build.
Sitka and Norway Spruce was harvested 15 miles away, and the logs were milled on site to provide green timber for the engineered timber beams and frame construction. The timber for the external Larch cladding and the Beech floor were also obtained locally. Sheep's wool provides the main insulation material, and was installed by volunteers. An additional internal skin of Hemcrete blocks adds thermal mass, and a wood pellet stove and solar thermal panel provides the space heating and hot water.
The project was grant funded by The Big Lottery, Climate Challenge Fund, Community Energy Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and SUST.  Facilities include a community hall, which is used for a wide variety of events such as concerts, celidhs, talks and workshops, as well as regular Tai Chi and yoga classes. A catering kitchen is available for functions in the Big Shed and for hire by individuals, a first floor studio makes use of attic space, and a separate workshop provides an opportunity for a small business.
Please have a look at the Big Shed website for more information.
 
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Aug 18, 2017

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