Beannachar welcomed its first residents in October of 1978. Three events during this year mark the end of 40 years and the beginning of the next 40 years. The first was breaking ground for our new Office Building at the end of August 2018. This project, a 100m2 'office' with dedicated office spaces and a meeting room and reception area (Beannachar has never had such a facility before) is innovative on a number of accounts. It is, for instance, the first load-bearing straw bale structure in Aberdeenshire, and is a wholly fund-raised self-build project involving students and co-workers at Beannachar. It is an on-going project due for completion around June 2019.