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Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre opens its doors

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March 6 2014

 Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre opens its doors
A new visitor centre built to tell the story of the Battle of Bannockburn has been opened to the public for the first time by the National trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, ahead of the 700th anniversary of the brutal conflict in June.

The hi-tech facility houses a unique killer app in the form of a 360 degree wraparound screen on which motion captured actor’s role play interactive scenes from the battlefield to immerse visitors in a realistic 3D recreation of the medieval event.

Designed by Reiach & Hall the new centre is built with a simple finish of textured grey brickwork and is centred on a small courtyard around which a shop and café are arranged.

First minister Alex Salmond said: “The highest compliment I can pay to this centre is that it rises to its setting. Through sensitive architecture, modern scholarship and stunning computer graphics, it will enable people from Scotland and around the world to understand why Bannockburn has resonated down these ages.”

The new visitor centre was delivered by Sinclair Knight Merz, Turner and Townsend, Ian White Associates and KJ Tait.

Photography by Keith Hunter.
A 1960s statue of Robert the Bruce by Pilkington Jackson has also been restored
A 1960s statue of Robert the Bruce by Pilkington Jackson has also been restored
Modest in scale the project is intended to return some gravitas to the battlefield site
Modest in scale the project is intended to return some gravitas to the battlefield site

1 Comment

Dissapointed
#1 Posted by Dissapointed on 9 Mar 2014 at 07:27 AM
i took a trip down to Stirling to visit the new Bannockburn Centre
have to say i was dissapointed by both the design and the build quality.
to coin my wifes words "it looks like something we were knocking out back in the 70s"
that and the 11 pound a head entry left me sadly dissapointed

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