John Dennis & Co Ltd
This project is held as an exemplar for the use of Scottish timber in the construction industry.
The main structural frame is untreated green Douglas fir with traditional pegged and tenon jointing. The wall framing, sarking and battens are sitka spruce.
The wall cladding is untreated larch, and the flooring in the entrance and gallery space is oak, all home grown. The building also features hand-made and finished Douglas fir structural frames, doors and windows.
Most of the timber was sourced from Scotland and provided by the Forestry Commission Scotland.
Special timber-related features
The surrounding landscape has been specifically designed to encourage local bird life, and incorporates a pond which has varying water conditions, from fast moving to still, providing different habitats for the birds. The pond also acts as a storage reservoir for rainwater collected from the roof, and is integrated with the services strategy for the building.
Background to building
Waterston House is the headquarters for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and houses the most comprehensive ornithological library in Scotland. The new building adopts a simple form, designed to have minimal impact on its surroundings, and accommodates the library, a lecture hall/exhibition space, offices and archive storage.