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Battle Centre plans on show at Community Coffee Morning

13 September 2011

The Project Team leading the charge to create a brand new visitor centre at Bannockburn has invited neighbours to join them for coffee and information on Wednesday 21 September.

From 11.00am, the project team, including the architects who have come up with the bold design for the new visitor centre will be on-hand to explain the plans and to answer questions about the project.

The ambitious project is a partnership between heritage agency Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland and is generously supported by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Architects Reiach and Hall have created the blueprint for the new building which takes its inspiration from traditional Scottish buildings and uses building materials to evoke the textures of tweed and chainmail. Its colouring means it will blend into the landscape and increase the prominence of the commemorative monuments onsite.

Landscaping works will restore the dignity of the site and evoke a traditional parkland feel.

Bannockburn Property Manager Scott McMaster said:

“These are very exciting plans and we are keen to share as much information with the community as we can. The coffee morning is a great opportunity to come along and see the designs and hear more from the expert team about how they plan to enhance the site in time for 2014.”

2014 will be a huge year for events in Scotland – as well as the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, we will also play host to the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup.

In 2009 Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs announced £5m funding for the new centre. An application for £3.8m has received a stage one pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Notes for editors

  • The Battle of Bannockburn Project is a joint venture by the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, to provide a new visitor centre and experience for one of the most significant battles in Scotland’s history for the 700th anniversary in the 2014.

  • The design team include:
           Architectural Team – Reiach and Hall with Sinclair Knight Merz (Engineer) Turner and Townsend (QS) and KJ Tait (M&E Engineers)
 Interpretation Design Consultants – Bright White Ltd
 Landscape Architects – Ian White Associates
 Digital Design – The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV)

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768096

Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr, NTS, 0844 493 2483 / 07713 786277