Atlantic Islands Centre
Shauna Cameron Practice is pleased, excited and relieved that after a lot of hard work by the Isle of Luing Community Trust and the Design Team, it looks like all the necessary funding will soon be in place for the Atlantic Islands Centre in Cullipool on the Isle of Luing.
Luing is one of the group of west coast slate islands that ‘roofed the world’ in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Iona Cathedral was roofed with Luing slate.
The centre is being built on the edge of one of the old flooded slate quarry pools and the building has been designed to reflect the engine shed that once stood here and the quarrymen’s cottages of this conservation area. The engine shed was a large hipped roof building with a tall chimney that housed the engines that lifted the slate out of the quarry which was then taken on a small railway line to the pier where it was transported around the world.
The new building includes history and genealogy exhibition and research facilities, a cafe, shop and work spaces to provide a valuable and much needed resource for Luing.
The Design Team and Board members are meeting in early November to plan out the next stages and its hoped that we will be on site in 2013.