Frequently Asked Questions
The Bothy is fabricated at our manufacturer’s factory in the highlands, where the structure is assembled, complete with services ready for use. The bothy can then be installed in a matter of hours, reducing on-site disruption and labour costs through the efficiency of off-site prefabricated construction.
The bothy has been meticulously researched and designed to comply with permitted development (Planning) and to be exempt from requiring a building warrant (Building Standards) in most cases. However, as every site has different characteristics, and local authorities follow different guidelines, the responsibility for ensuring relevant permissions are in place must remain with the owner.
If you have any concerns regarding this, in the first instance contact your local authority or email the bothy architect, Iain MacLeod, to discuss your proposed location and establish what action, if any, should be taken. An initial consultation is free of charge. However, should any further architectural services be required, as a registered architect, Iain is able to offer a fully professional and economical option. Precise costs for this will be established on a case-by-case basis.
What foundation pads would you specify for this building?
Either wooden pads or simple concrete/brick pads.
How do the different types of foundation pads work?
The concept is the same for both types of pads. The Bothy rests on either four or six pads, which each measure less than one square metre and provide a stable base for the structure. Both should be set onto prepared ground. Preparations are determined by the ground conditions.
What does the client need to do to prepare the site for the foundations to be installed?
In most cases, it would be sufficient for each pad location to be cleared, excavated and compacted to provide a rigid seat for the pads. Further work may be required for some ground conditions.
Delivery & Installation
How is the Bothy delivered?
The Bothy is loaded at the factory by forklift onto our specialist low-bed trailer. The Bothy is secured and transported to site where it is met by a crane supplied by the fabricators. It is then lifted clear of the lorry using lifting bars and slings and positioned onto the prepared foundation pads.
What type of access is required?
Full access for a step-frame lorry 18 metres long x 3.5 metres wide x 5 metres high is required. Low bridges, weak bridges, low overhanging trees, overhead cables, narrow gates posts and railings should be taken into consideration. Space of approximately 7 metres wide x 12 metres long is needed for the crane to set up alongside the lorry, or perpendicular at 7 metres long by 12 metres wide. The crane must be set up on solid ground with no potential for settling or shifting. The crane sits on four legs 7 metres x 7 metres apart. Space above the crane and the final site must be clear of branches or any overhanging obstacles. Permits must be obtained to block public roads or access. Restrictions also apply to crane use near railways, power lines and trenches.
What is the cost of delivery?
Delivery costs will vary depending on the site but can range from £2500 to £4500.