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New Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre approved

7 September 2011

                      Bannockburn visitor centre design plans
Plans for the new visitor centre to showcase the Battle of Bannockburn have been granted permission by Stirling Council.

The new centre has been designed by award-winning architects Reiach and Hall as part of the project to enhance the presentation of the battle and its significance to our history in time for the 700th anniversary of the battle in 2014.

The ambitious project is a partnership between heritage agency Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

National Trust for Scotland Chief Executive Kate Mavor said: “The approval of the designs for the new visitor centre means that we are one step closer to creating a world-class facility. Together with our combined expert knowledge and research the centre is set to be a welcome addition to the site’s 700 year history.”

Historic Scotland Chief Executive Ruth Parsons said: “The new exhibition will use cutting edge technology to engage the visitor and give them a proper understanding of this historic battle and its significance.”

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.

Cllr Steven Paterson, Portfolio Holder, Empowerment and Citizenship, Stirling Council, said:

“The new exhibition and heritage centre at the site of the Battle of Bannockburn will be a fantastic attraction, adding to both the visual and emotional impact of the battlefield and our understanding of all that took place here 700 years ago.  

“The centre’s bold and imaginative design, combining the robust exterior of textured grey brick and shiny ‘chainmail’-style black-tiled roof with a bright, welcoming interior flooded with light,  will help tell the story of Stirling’s and Scotland’s heritage.   It will truly bring the history of the Battle of Bannockburn to life for local people and visitors to Stirling from across the world.”

Cllr Scott Farmer, Stirling Council Portfolio Holder for Economy, Tourism and Finance, said:

“Stirling will be at the heart of so many of the special events taking place in 2014 – above all the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.  We must make sure that we use this unique opportunity to create lasting economic benefits for our whole area.  

“The new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre will help us do that, strengthening Stirling’s ‘must see’ appeal for visitors from home and abroad.  It’s another example of how we are continually improving the quality of all that Stirling has to offer.

“I congratulate the Scottish Government for this significant investment during these challenging economic times.  This is an inspirational decision, promoting a positive, can do agenda for both Stirling and Scotland as a whole.”

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 consultant – BrightWhite
 Landscape Architects – Ian White Associates
 Digital Design - 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
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768096

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