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Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

This multi award-winning five star tourist attraction was first conceived as the hub of a communications network linked to discreetly located cameras among the bird colonies on the islands in the Forth; in particular the puffins on Fidra and the gannets on the Bass Rock, one of the largest and most important colonies in the world.  The Scottish Seabird Centre has achieved this goal and has gone on to promote the wider ecology of the area.  The project has helped to regenerate the town of North Berwick by becoming a major tourist attraction and also by providing a successful community and educational resource.

The inspiring, sculptural building is set upon a rocky promontory beside the old harbour and overlooks the beach.  Its unusual shape reflects the panoramic views to all the islands and extends a welcoming entrance towards the main street from the town. Exposed to the sea and the weather, its robust form is constructed from natural sustainable materials, many sourced locally. The dry stone base is built from locally quarried stone; the upper cladding is rough sawn Scottish larch with a durable copper roof supported on solid larch trusses and columns.  It has already withstood some significant storms.   

In late 2016 Simposn & Brown were appointed to develop proposals to trasform the current centre into National Marine Centre. The aim of the National Marine Centre is to help people discover more about our amazing marine environment and wildlife - life above and below the waves - including seabirds. It will present the opportunity for the Centre to achieve more of its charitable objectives by expanding and diversifying its education and conservation programmes, developing new activities and events, and enhancing the exhibition space. The National Marine Centre is the working title for this innovative project.

Project name: Scottish Seabird Centre
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