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Physical Resources

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Class Description, Examples and Comments




Description of estate


The College was founded in 1973 as the renovation of a former farm steading at Ostaig with its construction dating from the 1880s. There has been an incremental development of the College estate in the time since with notable milestones including the first purpose-built kitchen/refectory, TV studio and student accommodation in 1993; the impressive 3 buildings of Àrainn Chaluim Chille (Columba Campus) over 2 phases in 1998-2000 including a new library, lecture theatre and further student accommodation; the Fàs Centre for Creative & Cultural Industries in 2008; and Ionad Iain Nobail as new teaching and staff office space in 2015.



Estate development plans


The most significant estate development plans are currently taking place at Kilbeg – an area of 43 acres of land purchased by the College in 2012 and on which a new village is envisaged over  a 20-year period. The first building, Ionad Iain Nobail, was completed in 2015 followed by the first 2 new houses in 2017 in partnership with the Highland Council and the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust. In total, up to 75 new housing units of mixed tenure are planned together with new community facilities for sport, health and well-being, and additional student and staff accommodation to allow for further expansion of the College.



External funding


Plans for use of major external capital and other sources of external funding

Please contact Donald Angus MacLennan  



Buildings under construction


Summary information about buildings under construction

There are currently no buildings under construction.





Maintenance arrangements and policies for buildings and grounds

 Please contact Donald Angus MacLennan



Estates indicators


Performance indicators on major estates functions

Please contact Donald Angus MacLennan



Environmental policies


The College fully supports working in partnership with the community and other partners to develop policies to reduce its carbon footprint. Please see our current Carbon Management Plan.

The College’s 4 principal buildings at Àrainn Chaluim Chille and Fàs are heated by a woodchip biomass boiler installed in 2009 together with the same for Ionad Iain Nobail from 2015. The woodchip fuel for both boilers is supplied by the local Sleat Community Trust who manage 1,000 acres of forestry at Tormore situated 3 miles south of the College campus. This activity helps to sustain up to 6 local jobs and is a key component in helping reduce the College’s carbon emissions in line with the targets of its Carbon Management Plan.

The College hosts on behalf of local agencies recycling areas for glass and clothing in one of its car parks and operates its own practices for recycling cardboard, glass, plastic and paper in each of its buildings and in the student accommodation.

The College also makes use of a composting machine which is be fed cardboard (mainly from kitchen deliveries) and kitchen food waste and turns it into compost which is then used by the College’s grounds staff to grow flowers and some vegetables which can be used in the refectory.

The College is always mindful of its energy consumption and in seeking ways to reduce this. As well as the operation of the woodchip biomass boilers greatly reducing its reliance on LPG gas as an expensive fossil fuel, staff and student awareness is ongoing in the drive to reduce the College’s electricity consumption in terms of simple checks and changes like switching off lights when not in use, double-sided printing and unplugging of electronic equipment at the end of each day.

The College is a member of the Cyclescheme project which allows staff to purchase a bike using a salary sacrifice saving both themselves and the College on taxes.  This scheme encourages staff to cycle to work therefore improving their levels of well-being and fitness and reducing their daily carbon footprint.


Physical Resources