Another award victory for Bannockburn

Friday 9 January 2015

The National Trust for Scotland’s Battle of Bannockburn experience was victorious at last month’s Stirling Society of Architects awards, taking ‘best building’.

The accolade is the latest for the project which also won ‘best visitor attraction’ at the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions in November.

Designed by award-winning Edinburgh-based firm Reiach and Hall, the building takes its design inspiration from traditional Scottish byres and vernacular buildings, built around a courtyard. Its brickwork is inspired by tweed and fabric and the glossy black roof is reminiscent of chainmail, as worn by some of the warriors who took to the battlefield in 1314.

Property Manager Scott McMaster said:

“It was fantastic to end the 700th anniversary year with another award which confirms the quality of this brilliant new facility that brings the story of the Battle of Bannockburn to life in a completely unique way.”

The Battle of Bannockburn experience opened to the public on 1 March 2014 and has secured awards and commendations for its visitor experience, building design, technology, website, brand, marketing and communications.

It is the first heritage centre in the world using Hollywood-calibre motion capture to immerse visitors in a realistic and historically accurate 3D medieval battle. Visitors ‘prepare for battle’, as Robert the Bruce, King Edward II and their armies ready for their fateful meeting on a huge 270 degree screen, before getting the chance to lead troops into battle in the innovative Battle Game.

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