Kirkwood McLean Architects has lodged a lottery funding application for a new £5.7million museum for the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust in a 1950s former colliery bathhouse east of Edinburgh
The designs by the emerging Soho-based practice will create a visitor centre and gallery at Prestongrange, an existing industrial heritage site which was previously part of the National Mining Museum.
The derelict bathhouse building will be revamped to showcase the history of the battle of Prestopans which saw a Jacobite army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie defeat a government army in 1745.
The 1,150m² museum will become the permanent home for the display of the Prestonpans Tapestry and will also contain workshops, learning studios, visitor facilities and a new observation platform set within the existing water tower.
A small, existing museum on the site run by East Lothian Council will remain and does not form part of the Kirkwood McLean’s plans.
Subject to planning and a successful Heritage Lottery Funding application work is expected to start on site in 2019 and complete in 2020.
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Location Prestongrange, Scotland
Type of project Battle Centre Museum & Gallery
Client Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust
Architect Kirkwood McLean Architects
Client and museum adviser Barker Langham
Funding Combined HLF, private and fundraising
Start on site date 2019
Completion date 2020
Gross internal floor area 1,150m²
Total cost £5.7 million
Kirkwood mclean prestongrange site