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An Cala – Best Use of Timber Awards Winning Project 2021

An Cala

timber house looking over a loch and AssyntThe project, a modest-sized two-bedroom home, is seen as a key exemplar in terms of demonstrating the potential of combining client-driven design delivered via a low-impact and low-energy modular timber house model – using local industries and home-grown materials where possible.



Project Information

Project: An Cala

Location: Assynt, Sutherland

Square metre: 150 approx

Date start and finish: On site Sept 2017 to June 2018 though mostly built off site prior to delivery.

Architect: Mary Arnold Forster

Clients: Private

Short project description: A CLT modular build – assembled in factory in Invergordon and delivered and erected in Nov 2017 in 4 days.

Completed: June 2018


Key Local Suppliers

Main contractor: Carbon Dynamic (responsible for engineering, building and exterior/interior finishes)


-Larch cladding and Interior Douglas Fir wall and ceiling linings, doors


-Grey Linoleum – Forbo Nairn

-Windows – Treecraft


Photography by David Barbour Photography

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