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Palace Project contracts awarded

4 December 2009


Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, has announced the award of specialist contracts for the Stirling Castle Palace Project.

The work is part of a £12 million scheme which will see the royal palace of James V returned to how it may have looked in its mid-16th century heyday.

The contracts involve everything from furniture and fabrics through to joinery, metalwork and stained glass.

The Minister said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the award of the contracts for the furnishings, fittings and decoration of the palace.

“They form a vital part of the palace project and will help recreate the splendour and luxury of a great Renaissance royal residence.

“They are also important as a way of supporting and encouraging traditional crafts and skills.”

Peter Buchanan, Stirling Castle Palace Project manager, added: “The Historic Scotland team is looking forward to working with all of the companies involved as they create everything from fine carpets, oak furniture and wall hangings through to ceiling bosses, stained glass and iron firedogs.

“These will provide the detail and atmosphere for the Renaissance royal palace for when it reopens to visitors in 2011.

“Much of the work involves the use of high quality traditional skills and techniques, and we are pleased that the project is helping to maintain arts and crafts which have been practised for many centuries.”

The total value of the contracts, which were awarded on the basis of competitive tendering, is £1.55 million.

The contract packages and awards are:

  • Applied decoration and paint supply: MacKay Decorators, 1 Riverside. Perth.

  • Ceiling Bosses: John Donaldson, Birchwood House, Livingston Village, West Lothian.

  • Embroidery: Malcolm Lochhead, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow.

  • Furniture Painting: The Conservation Studio, 27 Duke Street, Edinburgh.

  • Joinery, soft furnishings and carpets: Stuart Interiors, Manor House, Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock, Somerset.

  • Metalwork: Chris Topp & Co, Moor Lane Industrial Estate, Tholthorpe, York YO61 1SR.

  • Stained glass: Cannon-MacInnes, 561 Crow Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow.

  • Wooden furniture and upholstered furniture: Arttus Period Interiors, Flaxdrayton Farm, Flaxdrayton, South Petherton, Somerset.

Notes for editors

  • Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s old town off the M9 at junctions 9 or 10. Call 01786 45000.

  • Ticket prices are £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £4.50 for children.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing Manager
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871

Matthew Shelley
0131 668 8734