STIRLING CASTLE VISITOR RECEPTION
Client: Historic Scotland
Location: Stirling Castle
Programme: Completed 2011
The new visitors reception is part of a larger project, aimed at the complete renovation of Stirling Castle. The project involved the full renovation and extension of a 19th Century Cart Shed. The historical context was extremely sensitive, as the whole Castle is a Scheduled Monument, with many areas category A listed. This has influenced the architectural approach from concept to the development of individual details throughout the scheme.
The building was renovated with materials and techniques sympathetic to its historical context. Large glass windows where visitors buy tickets were integrated, insulation enhanced and new services provided. Sustainability was a major issue and influenced both the energy approach and the selection of individual materials.
The new extension was designed in a contemporary style but is built of traditional materials including stone and oak boarding. The interior was fitted out as a shop, which provides information on the Castle and its surroundings.
The end result is a successful blend of contemporary and historic forms. The new visitor reception adds another layer to the evolving story of Stirling Castle with the incorporation of the best of contemporary design within the ancient setting.