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Lottery boost puts Duns Formula One museum in pole position

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September 21 2017

Lottery boost puts Duns Formula One museum in pole position
A Duns museum dedicated to the life and racing career of double Formula One champion Jim Clark is to be redeveloped, after the project secured close to £635k of National Lottery funding.

Together with private donations totaling £300k this means that a £1.6m bid to deliver an improved museum can now proceed, transforming the current cramped exhibition space into a modern museum.

Designs drawn up by Scottish Borders Council's own architects will see the current exhibition space expanded to accommodate race memorabilia including two of Clark’s own cars, a trophy collection and interactive displays.

Carved out of a B-listed former domestic dwelling the museum’s footprint will be extended by building a lightweight zinc-clad link building to connect with an adjacent coach house, which will be given folding glass doors to allow it to host vehicle exhibits.

Outlining the design the architects wrote: “The link is a lightweight framed structure that is purposefully modern in style, but intended to enhance the character of the original buildings. The link will be clad in zinc sheet (horizontal standing seam), a traditional construction material, with translucent glazing to allow natural light within, but without excessive solar gain.”

Clark’s career was cut short following his death in 1968 at Hockenheim, Germany, aged just 32.
The B-listed museum will be joined a zinc clad extension
The B-listed museum will be joined a zinc clad extension
Two historic racing cars driven by Clark will be placed mon display
Two historic racing cars driven by Clark will be placed mon display

2 Comments

moderninsh
#1 Posted by moderninsh on 21 Sep 2017 at 15:21 PM
I can guarantee you right now that when the project is finished there will be a column in the middle of the reception area holding up the corner of the existing house.
modernin-shhhhhhhh...
#2 Posted by modernin-shhhhhhhh... on 21 Sep 2017 at 21:40 PM
It’s there already, just clad in a mirror finish

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