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Architects sought for overhaul of Edinburgh's Tron Kirk

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A competition has been launched to find a design team for the re-invention of Edinburgh’s long-redundant 17th Century Tron Kirk

The £5million project, which is backed by charity Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH), will create a new ‘heritage hub’ where visitors, landowners and developers can learn about the city’s world heritage site.

Built in 1647 the 17m x 17m landmark on the Royal Mile has been largely empty since the 1950s when it closed as a church. However in recent weeks the building has been used as a café and market space for local businesses.

According to the EHW, the new World Heritage Centre will help ‘transform Edinburgh’s understanding of itself and its relationship with the 3.5 million annual visitors that walk its streets’.

The charity’s director Adam Wilkinson described the hub as a ‘nexus where heritage, society, our environment and economy [will] combine to benefit the city and its people’.

The ‘conservation and conversion’ project, which has an overall budget of more than £7million including staff and exhibitions, will be funded from a ‘variety of sources’ with a Heritage Lottery Application scheduled for later this year (2015).

The charity is looking for bids from a range of firms and welcomes ‘smaller practices buddying up with larger outfits’.

The deadline for applications is 12 May.

For more information and to see the tender notice click here.

 

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