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The SMARTdiving website is live – after some months of hiding it away behind a ‘register interest’ form, all of the paperwork has been done, and funds have been secured to start the first stage of their project: A feasibility study into sinking a decommissioned Royal Navy Frigate in the Sound of Mull. This is a really exciting project, partially because it raises a lot of issues, which I hope are covered pretty well on the project website.

The site itself is a variation on the current WordPress standard template – ‘twentyeleven’, which features a lot of really nice tricks straight out of the box. It was chosen to allow the client to use all of the features of WordPress to take on board comments and post progress reports. This will be an important part of the project as keeping divers and the local community informed and on side is vital to the project’s success.

Above right: We designed the icon (shown above right) and the banner for SMARTdiving site.

One of the interesting challenges has been to keep the twentyeleven flexible templates working through the design changes. The new templates are all HTML5, and make use of this to offer offer is mobile support, so the site automatically ‘appifies’ to display on iPods, Androids and RIM machines (other devices are available – the system relies on the device screen width, rather than being specific to any operating system). Being an old hand it is easy to forget and insert template images with fixed widths (previously best practice), w/o catching them in percentages in the stylesheet, that will allow them to shrink in proportion to the rest of the site when it is displayed on a small screen…

Anyway, the hope and expectation is that the new artificial reef will contribute an interesting and exciting new site for divers, and so bring additional employment to this part of the West Coast of Scotland. Having previously studied some of the existing sites in the Sound, I am particularly interested in how the site will be colonised, and how this process influences the deterioration of the structure – there should be a good hundred years of study and interest in this project!

All the best to Annabel and the rest of the SMARTdiving team!

If you have an opinion about artificial reefs in general, would like more information about this project, would like to offer support or have concerns about the program, you can register these online at: – a new artificial reef for the West Coast of Scotland