An Cridhe means “the heart”, and this building is intended to be at the heart of life on Coll. It will be a multi-purpose building that caters for the many different needs of islanders and visitors. It will act as a business centre to provide opportunities for local businesses, a rural centre to promote local products and as a place for social gatherings throughout the winter and summer. Importantly, it will also provide the school with much needed facilities. The school role currently stands at just under 30, including the pre-5 unit, and that is set to rise over the next few years. We have a resident population of well over 200, with the under 18’s accounting for over 25%...Coll is expanding!
The project also includes the provision of a bunkhouse as a means of providing ongoing revenue for An Cridhe. The desire for a bunkhouse was part of the Development Plan, and our research has shown that this can work as an integral part of the overall project’s funding streams.
A full funding package is now in place. Contractors TSL have been appointed and construction is due to begin Spring 2011.
For further information on the project, visit www.ancridhe.co.uk