It was Graham Findlay on nb. Armadillo who prompted this post by kindly sending me copies of these two photos he’d taken passing Bridge 104 on the Oxford Canal:

Photo by Graham Findlay
Photo by Graham Findlay

He’d thought initially that he’d spotted a re-used Anderson shelter; it turned out to be another example of utility corrugated sheeting – the humble Pig Ark.

They’re an example of stunningly basic, yet highly effective, utility shelters. They’re strong, weatherproof and stable. And admirably provide the essentials, namely shelter and warmth.
Typically they’re constructed from three arcs of corrugated sheeting and have timber ends.
And, like so many corrugated iron structures, they’re under threat, as farmers increasingly look to source lighter and more durable materials, such as plastic, as in this example…
Arks are adaptable and lend themselves to replication, as this view shows…
Arks are also mobile, here they’ve just been moved into a new field and are standing vertically yet dropped into place.
Strong, stable, weatherproof, warm, and versatile – mmm… I have an idea! Why not convert Arks into snug rigid tents for revelers – as happened at this Danish festival!

ps. if you have any ideas for buildings that could be featured in this series please feel free to leave a suggestion…

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