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Lee Boyd wins Royal Mile church overhaul job

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Lee Boyd has won the contest for a £5 million World Heritage Centre inside Edinburgh’s 17th century Tron Kirk

The project will create a new ‘heritage hub’ where visitors, landowners and developers can learn about the city’s world heritage site in the former church which was deconsecrated in 1952.

Images of the firm’s winning scheme for the 17m x 17m landmark on the Royal Mile have yet to be revealed.

Built in 1647, the building has been largely empty since the 1950s however in recent months it has been used as a café and market space for local businesses.

According to project backer Edinburgh World Heritage, the facility 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’ when the contest was launched.

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).

 

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