A town built out of Lego

Barrie with his detailed model of the Town House and Golden Ocean restaurant in Lego
Barrie with his detailed model of the Town House and Golden Ocean restaurant in Lego

A Point man has turned his enthusiasm for Lego into an artform after painstakingly recreating a well-known Stornoway landmark.

Barrie Crossan, 37, from Garrabost has created a stunning Lego model of Stornoway-based restaurant and takeaway the Golden Ocean – complete with fully furnished interior.

And Mr Crossan is also plotting a Lego version of Stornoway pub McNeils having already designed the specifications and parts needed for the build.

“It took quite a while to do this model with six-months planning on a programme I have on my laptop and then maybe three months to build it,” he explained.

“All in all it’s probably cost me £1,000 in Lego parts as well so it is a big commitment.”

It is during his downtime while at sea working on the ships which affords Mr Crossan the time to design his ambitious and incredibly detailed projects.

He continued: “I used to play a lot of Lego as a kid and I used to make a model of the Suilven with my old parts I had, but when I reached my teens I drifted away from it like most.

“But while working on the ships I stumbled across a YouTube video about making Lego and as I had a much better knowledge of ships I wondered if I could make the ship I was working on.

“From there I saw a further video about buildings and I decided to try and make buildings I knew and looking around Stornoway I think the Town House (Golden Ocean) is the nicest in town.”

The projects begin on the computer via a free programme called Lego Digital Designer, before the required pieces are then ordered individually from the plans.

Now Mr Crossan has finished the first of his Stornoway landmarks he plans to sell it off – eventually – but he has plenty of other ideas in mind.

“It is over £1,000 worth of Lego and a lot of time to build and I plan to sell it following the Point Show in July.

“After that I might start McNeils as I have already planned out the build so that is good to go, but I am also keen to invite anyone wishing to have their house or business, or a local landmark made up to contact me and I’d be happy to take that on for them too.”

Anyone wishing to contact regarding a project can do so by emailing barriecrossan@btinternet.com