The hall is the centre point for the island community of Muck in the Inner Hebrides. Despite Muck only having a population of around 30, the hall has to cater for dances, meetings, coffee mornings, sport, concerts and a variety of other activities.
The design is simple in form – inspired by the agricultural sheds of the island. Careful consideration was given as to how it sits in the landscape in relation to other island buildings. The material used on the outside is Eternit sheeting, which is extremely robust in exposed island conditions, while the interiors are clad with birch-faced ply, which will give the building a natural warmth.
Muck has a limited electrical power supply, so the decision was made to heavily insulate the building to minimise energy requirements, and to use a solid fuel stove.
Dualchas has worked extremely closely with the client to deliver a building of their aspirations, and within the strict budget and timescale of the public funders. This has required a tight relationship with the other consultants, including quantity surveyors The Torrance Partnership and engineers Campbell of Doune, to ensure that as high quality of building as possible was delivered.