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IMPROVEMENT SCHEDULE


From new-look kitchens to energy-saving measures, find out how we have been investing funds across our network of Youth Hostels


operated lighting has been installed for energy efficiency and percussion (push) taps fitted to save water waste.


Te new-look kitchen at Glen Nevis


GLEN NEVIS YOUTH HOSTEL


Te investment programme to improve Glen Nevis Youth Hostel is complete. All remaining single-glazed windows have


been replaced with double-glazing throughout the building for improved maintenance and energy saving. Te staff have also been busy during the quieter periods, redecorating throughout the Youth Hostel. Refurbishment works included minor work in the catering kitchen to help maintain environmental standards and new vinyl flooring. Improved hand-washing facilities and worktops have also been fitted, with a new commercial gas cooker and extraction system. Improvements have also been made to the self-catering kitchen and dining room, including: stripping out kitchen fittings and flooring; inserting new vinyl floor to the dining room and kitchen; adding in two new commercial gas cookers, three hobs and fully interlocked extraction system; along with new stainless steel food preparation areas and new stainless wall cupboards and shelving.


Te first floor washroom facilities have also been updated, including the men’s and women’s toilets with new flooring and wall cladding. Te women’s shower room has a new floor, cladding, shower fittings and extraction. Two WCs have been removed and converted into a private shower and WC room, while new flooring and sensor-


8 SCOTTISH HOSTELLER 2012


GLENBRITTLE YOUTH HOSTEL Next in line for improvement in our network will be Glenbrittle Youth Hostel, which means it will be closed from the end of season 2012. Following on from full window replacement with double-glazed units in 2011, the 2012 season will see substantial roof works undertaken before we will begin internal improvements to the ground and first floors,


Glenbrittle Youth Hostel


showers for men and a new access to the women’s shower room from the public corridor will also be installed. Additional alterations will result in an


increased potential for private rooms. A new extraction facility will be placed in the washrooms, with sensor operated lighting in public areas for energy efficiency. Please bear with us as we improve your


hostels and join us when Glenbrittle Youth Hostel reopens in 2013.


CARBISDALE CASTLE


Essential repairs owing to winter weather damage are ongoing at Carbisdale Castle. Rainwater conductor pipes froze on the


west wing during the winter of 2010/11, preventing water draining away from the roof when the thaw came. Tis resulted in seepage into ceiling areas,


causing severe damage. Te complexity of the work means estimated timescales for reopening the castle have been extended. Keith Legge, Chief Executive of SYHA


Hostelling Scotland, said: “We have been involved in protracted negotiations with relevant parties to ensure the repairs are of the highest quality and in keeping with the standards required for a building of such historic significance.”


including complete refurbishment and layout of the kitchen and dining room. It is intended that the front common room


will have new seating and tables. Both the men’s and women’s shower and toilet facilities will be refitted with additional


“SEPARATE SHOWER AND WCS WILL BE INSTALLED ON THE GROUND FLOOR”


Carbisdale Castle


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