Rum Bunkhouse

Kearney Donald Partnership

KDP won a tender to take the construction of the bunkhouse from: some major design changes to the initial plans; an Amendment to Planning; Building Warrant stage, through to completion.

Site investigations revealed soft areas of ground, which helped inform the re-design of the building plan and its location within the site.

The island setting – with the limitations on transport and the cost of heavy plant and materials – resulted in employing lightweight Timber frame construction. Lightweight roof trusses and profiled metal roof sheeting were also used to keep the building as light as possible. The building was entirely clad in Siberian Larch, arranged both horizontally and vertically. A section of the roof extends out to the edge of the deck area, creating a covered external space.

There were limitations on the amount of Electricity available to the site. Therefore, our brief was to design a building that used as little electrical power as possible. In line with this, the building was very well insulated and the main form of heating was from a biomass pellet boiler, which provided an enviromentally friendly and efficient building.

The building services were designed to accommodate the addition of hot water solar panels at a later date. This was subsequently installed shortly after the completion of the main project as the works were completed on time and on budget.


Rum Bunkhouse
Old Ferry Cottage
United Kingdom


Scott Donald


Isle of Rum Community Trust


August 2014




  • Commercial
  • Residential

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