On 28 March 2014 Hut One at Cultybraggan Camp, near Comrie opened to the public as a visitors centre. Originally conceived as a temporary building this 70 year old Nissen hut has been secured for another generation using innovative construction materials.
Built in 1941 as a purpose built prisoner of war camp, Cultybraggan Camp was built simply and economically, laid out in military orderliness on a functional grid and organised to achieve effective security from the central Guard’s Block. Other remnant structures, in addition to some eighty Nissen huts, include a firing range, an assault course, a nuclear bunker, telecommunications mast, and a Royal Observer Corps listening post. Comrie Development Trust acquired Cultybraggan Camp in 2007 as a result of a community buy-out.
Hut One, occupies a prominent site at the entrance to the camp. Comrie Development Trust worked with Architecture and Design Scotland with funding from Scottish Government, on a pilot project to refurbish this Category B Listed Nissen hut. It will serve as a reception and interpretation centre as the camp develops. Funding support enabled John Gilbert Architects to work on the project, and secure many of the innovative materials that have been used. The project demonstrates how recycled and natural materials can be used to insulate existing buildings.
Look out for our upcoming Case Study on Hut One, to find out more about the innovative sustainable materials used in the project, and the processes involved in refurbishing this unique historic building.