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SMARTdiving conducted a feasibility study into sinking a decommissioned Royal Navy Frigate in the Sound of Mull. This was a really exciting project, partially because it raised a lot of issues, wqith a range of different stake-holders, which were covered on the project website.

The site itself was 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 was particularly interested in how the site would have been colonised by marine life, and how this process influences the deterioration of the structure.

If successful, the project would have increased tourism to the area, as well as providing  a fascinating modern comparison to the existing wreck sites in the Sound.