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Feshiebridge Lodge

Feshiebridge Lodge

The replacement of Feshiebridge Lodge, for the RAF Central Fund, comprises a linked series of four high quality lodges and one multi-purpose block, located in the Cairngorm National Park. The project provides respite and recuperation space for RAF personnel and their families. It creates high quality accommodation which engages with the tranquility of the forest. The ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of users through excellent design has received thorough endorsement from the client group.

The design strategy, which focused on flexibility and efficiency, meant that the new development sat within the ‘brownfield’ footprint of the old building, so no trees were felled during construction.

Environmental considerations included supporting local biodiversity, whole-life sustainability of components and materials, the thermal performance of the building envelope, and the emissions and carbon footprint of the design. The building is constructed in efficient and well-insulated structural timber panels, and clad in timber weatherboarding and slate. Heating and hot water is provided by discretely located air source heat pumps, so no gas is consumed. The pumps are continuously monitored and can be adjusted remotely to ensure ongoing optimum performance.

The individual, but linked, lodges reflect the diverse needs of the users; providing private space for individuals or families, with opportunity for flexible integration to enable social interaction. One lodge performs a ‘multi-function’ role, with scope for differing uses by a variety of groups.

The project was completed on time and on budget. The client body and the broad range of groups which use Feshiebridge Lodge have been delighted with the building.

“The finished result is superb and is testament, from concept and design to build and completion, to the professionalism, expertise, teamwork and the willing approach to the project of all of the teams involved.” Group Captain Mark Williams, RAF; Trustee, RAF Central Fund.

PROJECT: Feshiebridge Lodge
LOCATION: Kingussie
CLIENT: RAF Central Fund
ARCHITECT: Trail Architects
Feshiebridge Lodge
Feshiebridge Lodge
Feshiebridge Lodge

Main Contractor:  WGC Scotland

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