The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick is seeking an architect for a £3.5m extension to its iconic clifftop home
Planned to complete in 2020, the project will transform the 750m2 Simpson and Brown-designed landmark into a new National Marine Centre.
The winning team will restore and extend the popular £1.2 million attraction which provides remote viewing of bird colonies in the Firth of Forth and first opened to the public sixteen years ago.
According to the brief: ‘The vision for the National Marine Centre is to create a sustainable (environmentally, economically and socially) new national visitor attraction and hub for marine related education, conservation and research activities.
‘The project will build on the success of the Scottish Seabird Centre and will involve major capital works to extend, upgrade and improve facilities of the existing centre.’
Occupying a rocky promontory overlooking North Berwick Harbour, the facility was one of several high-profile schemes funded by the National Lottery at the turn of the Millennium – known as the ‘Millennium Projects’.
Opened by the Prince of Wales in May 2000, the centre – located 32 kilometres east of Edinburgh – features live video from remote controlled cameras allowing visitors to see puffins on nearby Fridra Island and gannets on Bass Rock.
The new extension is expected to wrap around the existing building – constructed from dry stone walling, larch and copper – providing new exhibition spaces and enlarged café, retail and storage facilities.
A nearby building will meanwhile be converted into an education centre and offices. The chosen architect-led multi-disciplinary design team will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 1 to 7.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on 15 August.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Scottish Seabird Centre
Tel: +44 1620890202