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Ionad Eilean na h-Òige


Eriskay School - Phase 1 Completion

Phase 1 of our project, which involves ensuring the wind and watertight integrity of the original school and schoolhouse, is nearing completion, with an expected finish date within the next two weeks.


The demolition phase saw the removal of the old school canteen and the red and yellow corrugated iron building (Room 1), both of which had become unsafe and posed significant health and safety risks. For many of us who attended the school, Room 1 holds fond memories, known to some as Bean Eoin's room in the days of Mary MacKinnon's teaching.


While it was exciting to witness the project's commencement, the demolition of these buildings was also bittersweet, as they held countless memories and stories spanning generations.


The journey to this stage has been marked by numerous surprises typical of working with an old building. Unexpected critical works, such as addressing a bulging wall in the main school building, required immediate attention. These unforeseen challenges, though stressful, have ensured that the building is now more stable and poised to withstand another hundred years or more.


Key upgrades include a new roof with slates, funded through our buy-a-slate fundraiser, and the replacement of damaged lintels and windows with environmentally friendly alternatives. The new windows, made of oak and accoya, not only enhance energy efficiency but also contribute to our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral building.


Funded by the Islands Infrastructure Fund through Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government, these upgrades are integral to our broader sustainability efforts. We are in the process of finalizing an updated Business Plan, incorporating these improvements and the results of our whole-life carbon analysis.


The latest analysis quantifies our Whole Life Carbon CO2 savings over 30 years as 113.45 tonnes. This includes plans to install bore holes for ground-source heating, further aligning with Scotland's pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.


Our project's commitment to whole-life carbon analysis makes it a pioneer in the Outer Hebrides, positioning Ionad Eilean na h-Òige as the region's first project dedicated to achieving net-zero carbon emissions. We eagerly anticipate sharing more updates on this groundbreaking work as it progresses.


As we prepare for Phase 2, the building has already undergone a remarkable transformation, setting the stage for further enhancements and advancements in our mission to create a sustainable, community-led enterprise.

Eriskay Historical Society


Donate to Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh to redevelop the old Eriskay school, Ionad Eilean na h-Òige - Island of Youth Centre, into the vibrant community building it once was.

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