Currie & Brown appointed on National Marine Centre in North Berwick
24 November 2016
Currie & Brown, a leading physical assets management and construction consultancy, has been appointed by conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, to provide project management services to help create a ‘National Marine Centre’ for Scotland.
The main purpose of the project is to expand the education and conservation work of the charity. The aim is to build on the Centre’s existing activities and share more widely the importance, value and issues affecting Scotland’s unique marine environment and wildlife, including seabirds.
Subject to Heritage Lottery Funding and the support of other funders, the project will include major capital works to extend, upgrade and develop the current facilities at the Seabird Centre. An extension to the existing award-winning building will create significant additional space which will be utilised for new interactive exhibitions, a café, retail and operational requirements. Works will also include the development of the adjacent building which will create vital new space, expanding the education centre and offices.
Regional managing director for Scotland and Ireland, William Allan, said: "We are delighted to be appointed as project managers on this prestigious project that will add enormous benefit to raising awareness of marine environmental issues to a range of audiences.
"Ideally placed at North Berwick’s harbour area, and with stunning views across the Firth of Forth and the iconic Bass Rock, this nationally recognised visitor attraction will be an excellent resource for scientists, conservationists and researchers, and an engaging and inspiring destination for locals and tourists alike."
Project director for the National Marine Centre, Grace Martin, added: "We have recognised that there are increasing pressure and threats facing the marine environment and marine wildlife. The aim of the National Marine Centre is to increase wider understanding of these issues and create more opportunities for people to get involved.
"The appointment of the team at Currie & Brown is an important step forward in the project and it is great to be working with experts with significant experience and the drive to deliver outstanding results."
The Scottish Seabird Centre is an award-winning charity dedicated to inspiring people to appreciate and care for wildlife and natural heritage. It attracts around 250,000 visitors annually and is supported by over 7,000 members.