The team behind the design and build of the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels is celebrating after the building was won the Design Award for New Build (Commercial) in the Scottish Borders Design Awards.
The building, designed by Page\Park Architect and built by Ogilvie Construction, consists of gallery spaces, a visitor centre, café, workshop area and offices. The front of the neighbouring B listed post office was refurbished to accommodate staff and studio space.
Commenting on the visitor centre, the judges said: “This is a flagship building set in a highly sustainable location, which makes a strong contribution to revitalising the Galashiels High Street. The integration of the old post office is a very positive move which has helped save this important listed building and reduced the embodied energy of the project.”
The award comes hot on the heels of the visitor centre being awarded the highest quality assurance rating of 5-stars by Visit Scotland.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a unique project to stitch the entire story of Scotland from pre-history to modern times and through its artistry and visual storytelling, making Scotland’s history, heritage and culture accessible to all.