Priestman’s Outpost

Tags: timber, refurbishment

Related projects: Ashworth Studio

  • Client: The 16th Sheffield (Westbourne) Scout Group
  • Value: Confidential
  • Duration: On going
  • Start Date: October 2015
  • End Date: October 2016
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Priestman's Outpost Model Interrobang
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Priestman's Outpost Interior Photo Interrobang

Priestman’s outpost is a ram-shackle structure located in a remote area of the Peak District. The timber hut was built in 1933 by scouts from the 16th Sheffield (Westbourne) Scout Group and is named after Edmond Priestman, a Westbourne scoutmaster who died defending his post in Gallipoli in 1916. The hut has provided a unique and secluded camping facility for the scouts for around 80 years and following years of repairs and add-ons, it is now a leaky but characterful structure. However, in its current state of disrepair, the much loved hut provides little refuge from the sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds experienced on scout camping trips.

Due to the strict planning legislation in this sensitive area of the national park, external works to the hut aside from small repairs are forbidden. In response to this, the new structure is inserted within the existing fabric of the old hut. This proposal, developed in collaboration with the scouts, will create more comfortable internal conditions without losing the sense of being immersed in the wilderness.