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Pasquill Plockton

Pasquill, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of roof trusses, has created an intricate system of timber roofing for a dream holiday home near the picturesque village of Plockton, part of the Scottish Highlands.

This 16-sided home is heavily influenced by traditional Celtic crannogs and sits on the bank of Loch Lundie, combining traditional style with modern construction methods.  Designed and built by Matheson Builders Ltd.

Pasquill was involved from the project’s earliest stages, providing a full design service along with manufacturing and delivery of the roof trusses, delivering on time and on budget.

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The design:

The roof comprises of 39 mono trusses and 13 raised tie mono timber trusses, connecting to a steel ring beam in the middle. Each truss is manufactured with a split top cord to help create a circular roof with a bell cast, which starts at a gradual pitch and increases steeply.

Raised tie rafters create a vaulted section above an open plan living area to create a more spacious room, while the central atrium has a glass roof to flood the building with natural light.

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The challenge:

The design employs a sedum roof system helping the building blend into the landscape. although this has visual benefits, there are some structural challenges that need to be overcome due to the increased weight of this roof type.

A sedum roof is typically more than twice the weight of a standard domestic tiled roof so Pasquill’s design team worked alongside Aberdeen-based Carmeron+Ross to design the trusses with enough strength to support that load.

To tackle the combined challenges of the heavy roof covering and the vaulted ceiling internally, Pasquill worked alongside the engineers to ensure both the trusses and the rest of the building as a whole perform structurally.

Pasquill also delivered the project while abiding by strict Covid-19 safety measures, including social distancing during production and installation.

Donald Matheson, Senior Roof Trusses & Posi Joist Designer at Pasquill, said: “The design team have relished the challenge at Plockton. To accomplish such a bespoke solution requires a meticulous approach, from our engineers and designers throughout every stage. It’s a testament to the team to produce innovative ideas that met every requirement of the customer.”

Owner Martin Matheson added: “Wanting to keep a traditional style of a Sheiling/Crannog roof, I felt Pasquill’s were the best company for the job. I’m very pleased with how Pasquill has produced the roof, there after sales have been second to none and the team has done well to recreate my original vision for the property.

“Pasquill has been superb from design to production, particularly with their planning for the increased structural load which allows greenery to grow, which has resulted in a roof that can withstand loading of 200KG/M2. I’m excited for holiday makers to start enjoying this wonderful holiday home in spring 2021.”

The design of the project can be viewed here: and on Facebook: “The Sheiling, Loch Lundie, Plockton”

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