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Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Waterston House, the headquarters for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club at Aberlady was completed in June 2005 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.

The Forestry Commission Scotland has provided the majority of the timber for the building and the project is seen 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; externally, the wall cladding is untreated larch, and internally the flooring in the entrance and gallery space is oak, all home grown.

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 differing 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.

Project name: Scottish Ornithologists' Club
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