Client: Living Solutions Scotland
Manufacturer & Main Contractor: Living Solutions Scotland
Living Solutions Scotland is a dynamic social enterprise charity based in Cowdenbeath, Fife. It seeks solutions to conserve and protect the natural environment, reduce unemployment and increase access to affordable sustainable housing and achieves this through environmental work and projects carried out in the local community. It currently runs operations in forestry, minor civil engineering, landscaping, timber processing and construction using home grown timber, providing employment, training and volunteering opportunities.
Living Solutions, always interested in innovation, were keen to trial the Tŷ Unnos system. In a partnership with Coed Cymru, they became the first manufacturer of Tŷ Unnos components outside Wales. This small building, on a 4.8 x 4.8 m plan, provides the accommodation for the current offices of the organisation. The Sitka spruce was sourced from Blairadam Forest, a 4 mile distance from the office location. The organisation has a timber processing facility and carried out the felling and sawing of timber as well as the beam manufacture themselves.
Sitka spruce: Blairadam Forest, Fife