Location:             Abriachan Forest Trust

Type of Works:   Design & Build

Works value:      Approx £1,500/m2

With thanks to the Abriachan Forest Trust or their kind permission to erect this building.


Studwork and Rafters: supplied by Tyeanatore in Abriachan, cut and milled within 2km of the site.

Larch Cladding and Flooring: supplied by Cromartie Timber.

The project was designed and built over a 6 week period.  The walls and floor units were workshop fabricated before being delivered and installed on site.  Rafters were pre-cut to enable rapid assembly of the roof, allowing the building to be made wind and watertight in just one day.  Finishing, both internal and external, was undertaken on site.

The building was temporary, and had been designed with complete disassembly in mind.  Over 3,500 screws were used in the construction to facilitate this. No nails and no adhesive products were used. The AFT later applied for funding from The Highland Cross to make the hut permanent.

Construction techniques and materials include:

  • Foundations: Retrofitted temporary timber supports with poured concrete upstands and supporting steelwork;

  • Floor structure: timber beams and joists, sub floor of 25mm ply. Larch tongue and groove flooring screwed through tongues to subfloor.

  • Walls: Rough sawn spruce studwork, sheathed externally with Oriented Strand Board (Norboard). Breather membrane and cladding battens fitted. Larch cladding, selected for heartwood, pre-drilled and fitted with stainless screws. Internal finish made up of vertical tongue and groove boards screwed to horizontal battens.

  • Roof: Warm roof design; Planed spruce rafters. Plywood above rafters, 75mm solid insulation, roof membrane, roofing battens and profile metal roofing.

  • Door unit: Engineered timber core with oak finish 5 panel top hung bi-fold door. Engineer designed box beam above to manage loadings.

  • Insulation: 150mm Earthwool wall insulation, 75 solid board, 100mm Earthwool floor.


This hut sits near Achpopuli Road, which takes its name from the Gaelic Achadh Poible, meaning ‘field of the pobull.’ The pobull was a hunting or herding hut or tent used by the drovers, na drobhairean. The modern spelling would be poball, which gives the name A’ PhoballAm poball (masc.) also means ‘people, folk or community.’ This, then, is a hut for the future of this community.

Placename advice thanks to Dr Heather Clyne, Ruaraidh MacLean and Suzann Barr.