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Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, 'our Dynamic Earth'

Conference Centre (20th Century), Exhibition Centre (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, 'our Dynamic Earth'

Classification Conference Centre (20th Century), Exhibition Centre (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) William Younger Centre

Canmore ID 148501

Site Number NT27SE 3880

NGR NT 2675 7366

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/148501

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 3880 2675 7366

See also NT27SE 210.

For (1998) trial excavation and watching brief in advance of construction of access road (at NT 2674 7361), see NT27SE 4334.

This visitor centre incorporates the gasholder-bases and surrounding walls of the former gasworks NT27SE 210.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 14 June 2006.

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: Michael Hopkins & Associates (top deck/dome)

Built on the site of Younger's Brewery, retaining features of the exterior rear wall and turret. Situated at the edge of Holyrood Park, opposite new Scottish Parliament site. Engineer: Ove Arup and Partners. Total cost: 15m. Lead architect: Jim Greave. Features an arched white canopy using PTFE fabric with eight piercing masts, covering a box containing exhibition space, offices, workshops, and conference facilities, with a car park below. A York stone 'amphitheatre' leads to the pavilion. New west side is a 450mm thick load-bearing wall, using Stanton mason stone with surface detailing. Roof protected by wall of glass, with closure flap allowing movement in the roof of 700mm upwards and 300mm downwards. Education room floors by Forbo Nairn, Kirkcaldy. A Millenium project, opened by HM the Queen, July 1999.

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