ORGANISATION // Comunn Eachdraidh Nis
PROJECT // Comunn Eachdraidh Nis Development
TOTAL PROJECT COST // £80,407.10
LEADER FUNDING PROVIDED // £39,766.78
CEN was constituted in 1977 as the first Comunn Eachdraidh (Historical Society) in the Western Isles, to record and preserve the history, language and culture of North Lewis for locals, visitors to the area and future generations. The Sgoil Chrois building, located in Ness, Isle of Lewis, has become the main community hub for the area since CEN relocated there in 2011. CEN operates a heritage centre with an accredited museum, archives, exhibitions, cafe and gift shop.
The centre is very well-used by both local people and visitors from further afield, attracting around 20,000 visitors per annum. In recent years it has become clear that the facilities can no longer handle the large number of users, and it has been decided that the building should be extended and that other, currently derelict, parts of the building should be brought into use to benefit CEN staff, the community and visitors to the centre.
As part of the planned extension and redevelopment work by Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, we hope to install a system incorporating renewable heating, innovative storage and a smart control system in order to make the building as energy efficient and as cheap to run as possible, as well as increasing comfort levels for our users. The building which is currently in use will be extended and redesigned, and two other buildings on the site, currently derelict, will be brought back into use. As part of this work, all buildings will be brought up to current building standards in terms of energy efficiency, with measures such as insulation and double glazing being included in the main project costs.