Frequently Asked Questions
Construction & Installation
The Bothy is fabricated using a digitally-manufactured building system developed in collaboration with BlokBuild. In this process sheets of OSB are cut into labelled parts on a CNC machine and assembled by hand into cassettes before being fully insulation and sealed. This system is used for both the volumetric and flat-pack version of the Bothy.
The volumetric Bothy is fabricated off-site at our factory in Fife, where the structure is assembled, complete with services ready for use. The Bothy is then delivered as a volumised unit to site and installed in a matter of hours, reducing on-site disruption and labour costs.
The flat-pack Bothy is delivered as a kit of parts which are then constructed on-site. The cassettes are light-weight, making them perfect for less accessible sites in back gardens or up hillsides, where they can be carried and assembled by hand. The system is extremely quick to construct, meaning the Bothy can now be assembled and made water-tight in a single day, reducing construction time on-site to minimise impact on the landscape and the risk of weather disruption.
How is the Bothy delivered?
The volumetric Bothy is loaded at the factory onto a specialist low-bed HIAB truck. The Bothy is secured and transported to site where it is lifted clear of the truck using the HIAB crane arm and positioned onto the pre-installed foundations.
The flat-pack Bothy is loaded as a kit of parts onto a standard HIAB truck which drops the parts on the road side for them to be carried to site by hand or off-road vehicle.
What type of access is required?
For the volumetric Bothy full access for a low-bed HIAB truck to pull alongside the site is required. To ascertain whether this is feasible the first step is to contact Bothy Stores to review maps of the access route and photographs of the site. The second step is for the haulage company to make a site visit to confirm access is possible. Low bridges, weak bridges, low overhanging trees, overhead cables, narrow gates posts and railings should be taken into consideration.
The flat-pack bothy is perfect for less accessible sites in back gardens or up hillsides, where the light weight cassettes can be carried and assembled by hand.
What foundations would you specify for this building?
We are working with No More Digging to specify and install ground screw foundations for the Bothy. The ground screws can be installed in a matter of hours, creating a cost effective, low carbon foundation system that removes the mess created by digging and concrete work. The installation can take place year round and is an ideal system for sites with restricted access.
No More Digging can undertake site visits to complete pre-installation ground tests, ensuring the correct ground screws are specified for the soil conditions to meet compression and uplift requirements specific to the project.
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 Bothy Stores to discuss your proposed location and establish what action, if any, should be taken.