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Wallace Memorial Visitor Centre

Wallace Memorial Visitor Centre
Lee Boyd Architects have completed an extension to the existing visitor facility at the Wallace Monument near Stirling. The building opened to the public in March 2009; professional photography is to be commissioned in Spring 2010.

Extending into an area currently filled by woodland planting, the new building comprises a partially mono-pitched simple form linked to the existing building via a low level entrance area. With the building positioned at an open angle, the approach to the entrance via the undercroft of the front canopy is designed to be welcoming and flow naturally from the existing car park area. The glazed front and rear facades of the link element allow the café to establish its separate but complimentary role in relation to the existing facility which will continue to house retail and public WC services.

The two operational volumes are visually tied together by the same façade treatment of panel cladding with an articulating layer of timber fin cladding held in front, echoing the vertical rhythm of the surrounding dense treescape. To the rear of the café space, the glazing remains un-screened, allowing the visitors to enjoy the view up the hillside towards the monument visible beyond the treetops. Sliding doors at either end of this façade facilitate the opening up of the café seating area onto the terrace to the south.

Through sensitively crafted design, the architectural language of this modest new building will overlap and envelop the existing to give a unified appearance, and breathe fresh life into this important national site.
PROJECT: Wallace Memorial Visitor Centre
LOCATION: Stirling
CLIENT: Stirling District Tourism
ARCHITECT: Lee Boyd Architects
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: David Narro Associates
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Morham & Brotchie
Main Contractor:  Marshall Construction Ltd

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