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ARPL Architects

project gallery : conservation

Hynish Lower & Upper Square, Tiree

In 1848 Alan Stevenson was commissioned to build Skerryvore Lighthouse, on a single rock some 13 miles off the coast of Tiree. This is still the highest masonry lighthouse in the world.

To build and subsequently service it, the lighthouse builders constructed a village at Hynish which incorporated Stores, Byres, Stables, Workshops, Barracks, a Smithy, Latrines and finally Lighthouse Keepers Cottages.. The workmanship is of an exceptionally high calibre and the buildings are listed Category A.

With automisation of the lighthouse, the buildings gradually became derelict and in the 1980’s were acquired by the Hebridean Trust. ARPL spent some twelve years working with the Trust, conserving, restoring and finding alternative uses for the whole complex. In the main the building were converted to much needed social housing, however two Museums and a Study Centre were also formed.

The project was funded by Historic Scotland, The National Lottery, ERDF and a host of other Conservation and Charitable Trusts, and has won several national awards.

Client: Hebridean Trust