Planning permission for Arisaig project

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Possibly the biggest change to the middle of this small, west-Highland village for over a decade and not a single objection!

Following a good deal of community consultation and the development of initial design options and then a preferred design, we are delighted to offer our congratulations to Arisaig Community Trust for securing planning permission for the extension of their Land, Sea & Islands Centre building.

In the meantime tenders are being secured for the refurbishment of the existing building to vastly improve its energy efficiency. Thanks to a grant from Climate Challenge Fund this will take place between January and March 2015, and will involve the fitting of additional insulation, draught proofing, new windows, new heating and new lighting.

MEARU (the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit, at Glasgow School of Art) have carried out ‘pre-refurbishment’ monitoring of the building, including u-value testing, airtightness testing, thermographic surveys and energy use. (The existing building managed an impressively leaky airtightness value (Q50) of 18m3/hr/m2 @ 50Pa, which goes some way to explaining the £2,000+ per year energy bills just to keep the chill off!)

Once the refurbishment is complete we plan to carry out ‘post-refurbishment’ monitoring to accurate determine the improvements to the building fabric. This is especially interesting as the building was refurbished and insulated in 2000, so our project is technically a refurb of a refurb…and there’s a big market for those.

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