Design Awards 2011
National Museum of Scotland
Gareth Hoskins Architects Limited
Winner: Design Award
This significant project was the result of GHA winning an international competition in 2005 for the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland. The practice previously won the competition to masterplan the development in 2003. The museum’s location within the World Heritage Site of Edinburgh and the significance of its priceless collections, provided a platform from which to create a world class visitor experience.
Delivering the vision for the National Museum involved a series of major architectural works to the Grade A listed complex of buildings, including a more accessible ‘street level’ entrance, new circulation routes to encourage visitors to discover more of the museum’s collections, as well as new learning zones, restaurants and shopping facilities. The project was the recipient of Scotland’s largest Heritage Lottery Fund award of £16,865,000, announced in July 2005, and the redevelopment was completed on time and within budget in July 2011 to critical and public acclaim.