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Page\Park submits plans for Scottish tapestry gallery

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Page\Park Architects has applied for planning for a new building to house a tapestry depicting the history of Scotland

Planners at Scottish Borders Council are examining the proposal for a new two-storey exhibition centre in the village of Tweedbank.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which is currently moving round the country on an exhibition tour, was finished in 2013 and, at 143m long, is the longest embroidered tapestry in the world.

The proposed building would sit on a site between an industrial estate and housing on former agricultural land.

A feasibility study carried out by Page\Park, concluded that this location would make the building easy to find by tourists arriving on a new Borders Railway which is set to open next month.

The top floor of the oval building would house the tapestry, with a reception, shop, temporary gallery, cafe and other supporting spaces on the ground floor.

The main roof structure over the Tapestry Gallery would echo the flower of the thistle through a filigree of roof members and the display panel structure.

This would consist of composite glued laminated timber and steel trusses in a flitch type arrangement with steel angle ties, clad in patinated zinc with a single ply membrane covering flat roof areas, which would pitch up to a central circular rooflight. 

The Great Tapestry of Scotland was designed by Andrew Crummy, after the idea was proposed by author Alexander McCall Smith.

It depicts key events in Scotland’s history including the invasion of Vikings in the 9th century, the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the Act of Union in 1707 and Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon in 2013.

The tapestry was created by hundreds of people working in sewing groups around Scotland over roughly a year.

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