Roa Island Shed

T Parsons, Barrow In Furness, 2016


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A building for storing water-sports equipment

Roa Island is on the edge of Morecambe Bay at the base of the lake district and provides a number of sheltered bays that make it a popular water-sports destination
The building houses an inflatable dinghy, stores windsurfing kit and canoes. A large overhang at the back of the building provides a nice space to watch the sea and each other windsurfing and shelter for rigging sails. The beach is accessible down some steps at the end of the garden
The new shed is on a small plot of land behind a terraced house that the family are currently renovating. There is a small grassed area for sitting and rigging sails between the shed and the seawall, which has steps down to the sea. There was previously a small prefabricated garage on the site, which had fallen into disrepair and been removed by the previous owner.

The self-built construction design was driven by a desire to avoid conventional construction methods such as block-work because of limited construction experience and wanting to be sustainable.

The scheme is a timber framed building with cement board lining, timber cladding and green roof, and features timber double doors at both ends giving full width access
Externally it has Scottish (European) larch cladding and a sedum green roof, visible from the row of terraced houses it faces. Internally it is lined with fire and moisture resistant fibre cement board. There is a single long north facing polycarbonate window and aluminium roof coping. The LED lights are powered by a small solar panel. A concealed drainpipe (cast through the upstand in the slab) takes drainage from the green roof to the beach. The double doors at both ends give easy access for the dingy launching trolley and are clad to match the rest of the building.


  • Begun: Jun 2016
  • Completed: Aug 2016
  • Floor area: 30m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £15,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: Self Build
  • Address: 31 Trinity Terrace, Roa Island, Barrow In Furness, LA13 0QG, United Kingdom

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